WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that The Ohio State University has been selected to design habitat and science concepts that could be used by future deep space explorers as part of NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation’s eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.
“I am pleased that both NASA and the United States continue to push the boundaries of science and technology – and I am proud that Ohio researchers are leading the way,” Brown said. “With their help, NASA will continue to fuel future technological advancements and inspire our children to become the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers.”
OSU was one of four institutions selected nationwide to have a team of undergraduate students analyze volume, geometry and habitability of a deep space habitat and technologies for plant growth and geo-science sample handling. The 2012 X-Hab challenge requires the students to design, manufacture, assemble, and test their concepts for the competition. The National Space Grant Foundation will fund the teams’ design development and their participation in testing next summer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.