Mars Gravity Biosatellite: International Student Training and Public Outreach 2004-01-2420
Designed by students and other volunteers from three universities in the U.S. and Australia, the Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program plans a launch of a small, unmanned research platform to support ground-breaking investigations in partial gravity physiology. This spinning spacecraft will provide “artificial gravity” at 0.38-g, the surface gravity of Mars. Onboard life support systems will support a payload of fifteen mice for a total mission duration of five weeks, culminating in reentry at the Woomera Protected Area in Australia. We present this international, multi-disciplinary, multi-institute program as a new model for both aerospace workforce development and public outreach.