World Space Week, held annually from October 4-10, is the largest space event on Earth. Learn about the history of our involvement with the space race and the cutting-edge work our faculty and students are working on to advance space exploration and technologies as we celebrate this annual event.

apollo 11 man on moon world space weekApollo 11 and Beyond the Moon: Touchdown in Texas

As we celebrate 50 years since the first moon walk, we take a look at some of the roles that our alumni and faculty played during this momentous time in history.

earth moon world space weekSpace is Rapidly Becoming a Landfill, So We Need Space Laws

This opinion piece written by associate professor Moriba Jah discusses the issue of the increasing amount of space debris orbiting Earth and how developing space traffic laws could help solve the problem.

humanoid robots world space weekIntelligent Robots That Work Naturally with Humans

Professor Luis Sentis is leading a $2.7 million funded research project that focuses on making human collaboration with humanoid intelligent robots as natural as possible which could aid in future space exploration.

grace world space weekGRACE Mission Data Contributes to Our Understanding of Climate Change

The GRACE Mission, led by ASE/EM Professor Emeritus Byron Tapley, reports in Nature Climate Change on the contributions that nearly two decades of data have made to our understanding of global climate patterns.

armadillo satellite world space weekAward-Winning UT Satellite Launched to Space, Operated from Texas Spacecraft Lab

After a much-anticipated wait and over five years of dedicated work, ASE/EM students, faculty and alumni were finally able to celebrate the day that their award-winning small satellite—ARMADILLO—was launched and deployed into space.

jupiter io world space weekSimulating Jupiter’s Plasma Torus Effects on its Volcanic Moon, Io

A new article recently published in Physics of Fluids and authored by alumnus William McDoniel and ASE/EM Professors David Goldstein and Philip Varghese, investigates the interaction between Jupiter’s large plasma torus and the atmosphere of its Galilean moon, Io.