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Retired NASA Apollo engineer receives WSU alumni award

Cline-FrasierVANCOUVER, Wash. – Cline W. Frasier, a retired NASA engineer and manager of two family farms in Washington, was honored May 4 with the Washington State University Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to transportation safety, including in U.S. manned spacecraft, and his support of WSU scholarships. » More …

NASA funds student’s study of fueling space exploration

By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Carl-Bunge-mugPULLMAN, Wash. – When mechanical engineering student Carl Bunge was 3 years old, his brother and sister convinced him he was an alien born from an egg his parents found in a field. » More …

NASA grant to improve fluid flow in outer space

By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

Mesarovic-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Future astronauts may boldly go farther than ever before, thanks to research at Washington State University recently funded by NASA to study fluids in space. » More …

WSU a finalist in NASA mission to Mars competition

WSU-dome-1-webPULLMAN, Wash. – A student team from Washington State University is in New York this week as one of 30 national finalists in NASA’s $2.5 million 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge to design an environment for Mars exploration using robotics and 3D printers. » More …

Researchers await launch of NASA carbon observatory

By Tina Hilding, College of Engineering & Architecture

nasa-logo-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have been heavily involved in the design, development and testing of a NASA observatory set to launch at 2:56 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. » More …

Humans and robots team up for high-tech fruit harvest

fruit harvest concept

 

Conceptual human-machine interface for collaborative fruit identification. (Image by Manoj
Karkee and Mark De Kleine, WSU)

apple hand sensor

Sensors measure force and pressure during hand picking
of apple. (Photo by Long He, WSU)

PROSSER, Wash. – With a bumper crop of apples expected this season, many Washington tree fruit growers dream of a day when automated technology helps bring in the harvest. Manoj Karkee, assistant professor with the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems at Washington State University, believes that day will soon be here.

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Physics major selected by NASA to share the stars

PULLMAN – WSU physics undergraduate Sarah Myers has the opportunity to share her passion with others as part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) celebrations.

 

Myers has been selected as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Washington state student ambassador for IYA2009. NASA chose 52 undergraduate and graduate students from across the country to reach out in their local communities and teach the public about our solar system and beyond.

 

As part of her duties, Myers is visiting school classrooms as well as arranging star parties at the Jewett Observatory and shows at … » More …