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Students receive prizes for simulating the best landing of a rocket booster

The goal of the class project was to control the safe landing of a rocket booster after it disengaged from the portion of the rocket that would continue into Space.|Short Read

Ariel Sandberg is honored with a 2016 Twenty20s Award

Aerospace Engineering sophomore Ariel Sandberg has been selected as one of Aviation Week's Twenty20s for 2016.|Short Read
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Michigan design selected for NASA’s NextSTEP toward a crewed Mars mission

The spacecraft engine that will help take humans to Mars may be based on a University of Michigan prototype.|Medium Read
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Necmiye Ozay receives CAREER award for research in cyber-physical systems

Cyber-physical systems are smart, networked systems with embedded sensors, processors, and actuators that are designed to interact with the physical world.|Short Read
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Student team takes 3rd place in international satellite design competition

The University of Michigan chapter of SEDS, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, recently placed third in an international competition to design a satellite network around Mars.|Medium Read
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Experiencing the future of NASA

Standing on the floor of NASA’s infamous Vehicle Assembly Building, however – the same floor where Apollo Saturn Vs and Shuttle rockets were assembled – I was struck not by worry, but by awe. |Medium Read
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Star Wars tech: How far are we? Chewie gets answers

Chewie talks to experts about spacecraft thrusters, light sabers, droids, carbonite and holograms. |Medium Read
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AE researcher Jared Hobeck harnesses energy from piezoelectric grass

Jared Hobeck is harnessing the movement of synthetic grass blades in wind to generate energy to power small electronics and in-situ sensors.|Medium Read
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Six things you didn’t know about MESSENGER’s Mercury crash

The MESSENGER spacecraft is expected to crash into Mercury on April 30. We asked Jim Raines, assistant research scientist and MESSENGER team member, to help quantify the crash. |Short Read
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Mercury MESSENGER nears epic mission end

A spacecraft that carries a sensor built at the University of Michigan is about to crash into the planet closest to the sun -- just as NASA intended. |Short Read
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A moon of Jupiter holds an underground ocean

A team involving a Michigan Engineering researcher has detected a salty underground ocean on a moon of Jupiter.|Short Read
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Which way to Mars?

Have recent developments brought us closer— or is a trip to Mars, once considered inevitable, as far away as ever?|Long Read