WE DO A LOT OF INTERESTING ACTIVITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
MY YEAR IN SPACE
Colonel Mike Fincke, USAF (ret)
THURSDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2017, 7.30pm
UH Manoa Bilger Bldg, Room 152
Open to the public, Free admission
Summary of the Talk
Colonel Mike Fincke, USAF (ret) is a spaceflight veteran with over 381 days in space and 9 spacewalks.
He will share some of his adventures in space including what daily life is aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as well as some of the groundbreaking science that has been produced on the ISS. Currently waiting for his next flight, Colonel Fincke is the lead Astronaut for the United States’ next two space ships that will take crew to the ISS, Space-X’s Dragon and Boeing’s Starliner. He will share updates on the development of those spacecraft as well as NASA’s plans to fly beyond Low Earth Orbit with NASA’s new Orion spacecraft.
Future Focus 2017 and connection to the University of Hawaii
Colonel Fincke will be in Honolulu as key note speaker to the Future Focus 2017 (Hilton Hawaiian Village October 4th and 5th, 2017).
Colonel Fincke was mission specialist on the penultimate Space Shuttle mission, STS-134, which launched on May 16, 2011. This flight delivered the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) instrument to the International Space Station, where it will operate until 2024. AMS is a state-of-the-art particle detector that measures cosmic rays, antimatter and dark matter in space. The University of Hawaii plays a big role in the data analysis of the AMS experiment. At the Physics Department of the University of Hawaii, Professor Veronica Bindi and her team collaborate with NASA in using AMS data to improve the radiation shields for future manned missions to Mars.
QuarkNet talk at Kea’au Middle School - Big Island
Professor Veronica Bindi (UH Manoa) gave a talk to 8th graders at Kea’au Middle School, on the Big Island of Hawaii about the possibilities of sending astronauts into space to Mars. These students are enrolled in Earth and Space Science with teachers Andrea Medrano and Robyn Matthews.
Dr. Bindi’s talk included exploring these topics about a Mars mission: the best time to leave Earth for Mars, the dangers of radiation and other challenges facing the astronauts, the landing and surviving on a planet without oxygen in the atmosphere, and building architecture that is efficient and has a low impact on the planet's resources. The students were exposed to two locations for a “Mars Village”, as selected and designed by two leading architects for a NASA competition. Students learned about how nature’s resources, termite mounds and bee hives, can be applied to Mars habitats for humans.
The unique point of view of a physicist gave the students a broad perspective about space exploration. Dr. Bindi was able to fascinate students about how astronomy, robotics, biology, engineering, physics, and even art and architecture, are combined for planning a Mars mission. The interactive nature of her talk with student discussions followed by questions for the speaker was very effective. Teacher Ms. Medrano posed questions for the students and the noisy drone of voices indicated how enthusiastic and stimulated the students were. Dr. Bindi had the audience laughing at her humorous statements and giving her a loud round of applause at the end of her presentation.