Bentley's NASA Means Business News

May 1, 2008

We will be going down to Florida on May 6th and staying through May 9th. The team members competing in the NASA Means business competition are Ellen Morris, Bill Connolly, and Angad Sawhney accompanied by Professor George Fishman. The 7th is the day of the 40-45 minute presentation with a question and answer session directly after. On May 8th the team will be taking a tour of the Kennedy Space Center. The last day, May 9th, there is an integrated exercise. Each team is given two hours to prepare in the morning, and 15 minutes to present in the afternoon. After that, we'll be on a flight back home! The winner is not announced until June.

April 20, 2008

Bentley's NASA Means Business has undergone a huge transformation in the past month or so. Geoff Weinstein and Joshua White, the former President and Vice President, are graduating and therefore passing the leadership torch. Ellen Morris, a Junior Corporate Communication major, has been appointed the new president.

With new leadership and some fresh faces, the BNMB is undergoing a full transformation. Don Changeau received a job on a US Air Base, and therefore George Fishman filled his role as academic advisor. The new team is creating a new 3 Year Plan that will be presented to NASA in May at the Kennedy Space Center.

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Articles Written by BNMB Members

NASA’s Mission: Spinoffs and Sustainability

By Michael Pini


            Sustainability will soon determine the nature of the continuation of the human race on Earth. Will humans be evacuating coastal flooded cities?  Will we spend decades rebuilding collapsed ecosystems? Whether driving hybrid cars or using recycled materials, many people are turning to cleaner, renewable energy in efforts to head off potential calamities. Despite the recent scramble to repair such ecological damage it is clear that more will have to be done. 
            Unbeknownst to the average American, NASA’s research for missions has provided much of the basis behind what sustainable life technology we already have.  These NASA “spinoffs”  have been the backbone behind the development of technology such as air and water purification systems, soil-less plant growth, (for use in a potential community on the moon), and various environmental control sensors to monitor corporate impact on the surrounding environment.  Still the public has a tough time understanding the progress being made by the space agency. This is because NASA’s image has historically been linked to space exploration instead of space innovation.  

To Pay or Not To Pay?
            Nobody likes paying taxes, but Americans cough up the money anyways because we believe there is purpose behind our contributions.  Whether this means supplying our troops with top of the line equipment, putting bread on the tables of the homeless, or providing public education for our children, the positive results of taxes are clearly evident.  Twenty billion dollars of taxpayer’s money is allocated to NASA every year, yet most citizens have not heard of any return on this investment since Neil Armstrong made the first moonwalk in 1969.  Consequently, it appears to the average American that their money is being sucked into a black hole that is the Kennedy Space Center, never to return.  Obvious discontent ensues, making it vital to enlighten the public of the connections between NASA research, tax dollars, and improvements in sustainable life on planet Earth.

 What Can We Do?
            The issue of sustainability is a simple problem and our success in dealing with it comes down to priorities. The Earth will not be able to sustain our planet’s ever-growing population and ever-growing consumption forever.  There are two avenues in solving this problem: drastically curb our greenhouse gas emissions on Earth, or export part of the population to extraterrestrial real estate. Whichever avenue is chosen, (eventually both options will most likely be needed) implementation will not be possible without the accompanying sustainable technologies.
            Where will these technologies come from? The undeniable fact remains that NASA employs and develops some of the greatest minds in the world, all of which will be useful in developing sustainability strategies and technology that could preserve life as we know it. The real question we should be asking is why we are not spending more on the space program, especially when the entire annual budget for NASA is being eaten up in one month of wartime activity in Iraq. Priorities…priorities…sooner or later humankind will wake up and realize we need to stop destroying life and begin nurturing it. Hopefully we won’t be too late. 

 

 


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Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Endeavor Launch Photo from the APOD Web Site

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ISS Expedition 16 Photo from Space.com

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ISS Main Mission Page

ISS Main Mission Page Picture of ISS Expedition 17