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I took my seat on the airplane and as usual, began to play a movie– Interstellar. I was about to embark on a journey, one that I have taken many times before– to space! This time I would accompany Matthew McConaughey as a post apocalyptic NASA sends him on a journey through space and time to save humanity while he attempts to reconcile his relationship with the daughter he left behind on earth. Although my body has never left the safe haven of earth’s atmosphere, my mind has often journeyed far beyond our earthly realm.

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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Armour College of Engineering, Matthew Spenko, was featured in the Chicago Tribune for his robotics research at Illinois Tech. Professor Spenko's research into making navigation safer for self driving cars and creating novel adhesives for robots used by NASA was detailed in the article. 

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Natacha DePaola, Carol and Ed Kaplan Armour College Dean of Engineering, is representing Armour College of Engineering and Illinois Institute of Technology at the first-ever NASA MissionSTEM Summit, held at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC from August 8-9, 2016. The summit has been convened to bring together the many voices of NASA’s grantee stakeholders in order to take NASA’s civil rights technical assistance efforts to a new level.

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The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) was featured in a ChicagoInno article highlighting the group's recent project with NASA to conduct satellite payload research using a high altitude balloon. 

Read the complete article on ChicagoInno here

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The Center for the Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS), in conjunction with NASA, has recently awarded a grant to Aleksandar Ostrogorsky, Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Armour College of Engineering, to prepare and conduct eight crystal growth experiments aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Dr. Ostrogorsky’s investigation is one of three materials science projects selected for funding by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). CASIS was selected by NASA in July 2011 to maximize use of the ISS U.S.

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NASA’s 5th Annual RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops Competition is the perfect opportunity for anyone who has ever dreamed about designing and building a robotic rover that one day might discover life on another planet, or a new mineral on an asteroid whizzing through space.<

In this exciting competition, undergraduate and graduate students are invited to create a multi-disciplinary team to build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate its capabilities to perform a series of competitive tasks in field tests at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard in June 2015.

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