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Outer Space Lands at TAMUG
News Release
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

For the first time in a generation, NASA is building a human spacecraft for deep-space missions to usher in a new era of space exploration and Texas A&M University at Galveston is doing their part to help it happen.

TAMUG’s Vessel Operations Office has partnered with NASA to assist them in the research and development of the Orion spacecraft, specifically in helping to test its module uprighting system.
The system consists of five airbags on top of the capsule which inflate upon splashdown, and in the event of high winds or waves, are responsible for turning Orion right side up if the capsule turns over.

The R/V Trident, staffed by TAMUG personnel, will serve as a safety standby vessel while NASA staff work onboard collecting test data.

NASA will arrive on campus Wednesday, November 28 and remain until Wednesday, December 5.

Please note that the testing areas are restricted to authorized personnel only, so we ask for your understanding and cooperation.

The Vessel Operations Office is coordinating with NASA for the possibility of a campus tour of the Orion Spacecraft and the USCG Cutter. More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.

Being marine and maritime-focused, the Galveston Campus endeavors to advance the research of Earth’s lands and seas, but is excited for this partnership to pursue space as well. The Galveston Campus’ vision as a university for global preeminence in the pursuit of knowledge runs parallel to NASA’s mission of the advancement of science and technology for the benefit of humanity.

About the Orion Spacecraft

Named after one of the largest constellations in the night sky, and drawing from more than 50 years of spaceflight research and development, the Orion spacecraft is designed to meet the evolving needs of our nation’s deep space exploration program for decades to come.

Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain astronauts during their missions and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. Orion missions will launch from NASA’s modernized spaceport at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the agency’s new, powerful heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.

On the first integrated mission, Exploration Mission-1, an uncrewed Orion will venture thousands of miles beyond the Moon over the course of about three weeks. The mission will pave the way for flights with astronauts beginning in the early 2020s.

You can learn more about Orion and its mission at<>.­

Remembering Jim Guidry M3 Global Medical Missions

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