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By European Space Agency
Video: 00:02:00 Overview of ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt’s training for his mission to space.
The Swedish astronaut will travel to the International Space Station on Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) no earlier than January 2024. He will spend up to 14 days in orbit conducting microgravity research and educational activities.
Marcus Wandt started intensive training for his mission in June 2023. Lessons on payloads and simulators take place in training facilities and space centres around the world. Each of the partners is in charge of training astronauts on the elements that they contribute to the International Space Station.
Marcus’s training in Europe focuses on the Columbus module systems and the experiments he will conduct during his Muninn mission. Marcus spent over 100 hours of training to fully qualify to operate, monitor and maintain Columbus and its experiments.
Spaceflight instructors adjust their lessons to his level and that has helped speed up the training. While he is yet to experience microgravity, Marcus has a solid understanding of flight vehicle systems, their main safety features and how to interpret flight data.
Marcus was one of the 17 new astronaut candidates chosen from over 22 500 applicants from across ESA Member States in November 2022.
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Space Life Sciences Training Program
An investment in tomorrow
The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) provides undergraduate students entering their junior or senior years, and entering graduate students, with professional experience in space life science disciplines. This challenging ten-week summer program is hosted by NASA’s Ames Research Center in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. The primary goal of the program is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences.
Summer 2023 SLSTP students present their projects during midterm.NASA / Stephanie Perreau Rainey The SLSTP Experience
In this rigorous program, students work closely with renowned NASA scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research, benefitting from the concentration of bioscience expertise at Ames. In addition to conducting hands-on research, SLSTP students attend technical lectures given by experts on a wide range of topics and tour NASA research facilities.
This program provides opportunities for students to develop professional skills. These include technical and professional development training, presenting their scientific work and submitting an abstract to a professional scientific organization (e.g. the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.)
SLSTP participants are exposed to a broad scope of space biosciences research performed by NASA scientists. While learning about the tools and methodology that enable biological experiments to be conducted in flight, students acquire skills and knowledge required for the design and execution of life science research conducted in microgravity.
Participants in the program receive a stipend and may be eligible to attend a scientific conference to formally present their research.
Students in SLSTP undertake research projects in multiple areas, including:
The effects of spaceflight on living systems, conducted both on the ground and also in space aboard the International Space Station and other spacecraft. The development and operation of specialized research facilities to support investigations in microgravity, partial gravity, and hypergravity. Research and development of advanced biotechnologies that enable NASA’s exploration of distant destinations. Information for Applicants
The SLSTP is an equal opportunity program. Admission is by competitive application process. Past student participants were selected for their outstanding merit, passion for space, and desire to study space life science. Applicants must fulfill the following requirements: be a US citizen, age 18 or older in high academic standing (GPA of 3.2 or greater). Applicants should be junior or senior undergraduate student next Fall or a senior graduating in 2024 and entering graduate school for Fall 2024.
How to Apply:
Applications for the summer 2024 program will be opening soon in late 2023. Applications will be open in the NASA Gateway.
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To subscribe to our mailing list and to receive e-mail announcements about the program and application process, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “subscribe” in the subject to be added to our mailing list.
The SLSTP is funded by NASA’s Space Biology Program, which is part of the Biological and Physical Sciences Division of NASA. The SLSTP is managed by the Space Biology Project within the Science Directorate at Ames Research Center.
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SSC’s Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Tracking Team Applies Combined Space Assets and Data Capabilities During Real-World Multi-National Training ExerciseBy Space Force
A small team of Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Tracking (SRT) Guardians from Space Systems Command (SSC) recently participated in a real-world multi-national training exercise in South America that included some very real-life operations.
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