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Pitt students reach new heights with NASA

NASA’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program chose Pitt students Marissa Defallo and Nikolas Vostal’s aluminum corrosion experiment to fly this summer to the International Space Station onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
February 16, 2020
When Marissa Defallo, a junior mechanical engineering major, worked at American Airlines for her engineering co-op, she spent a lot of time working with aluminum. Airplanes, as well as satellites, are made of the material because it is lightweight and flexible. When looking for an experiment to be performed onboard the space station, she instinctively began to think about the material that makes up the better part of the satellite — aluminum.

Pitt supercomputer flies high in space

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries the University of Pittsburgh NSF SHREC’s STP-H6-SSIVP supercomputer to the International Space Station at Cape Canaveral on May 4.
May 28, 2019
On Star Wars Day, May 4, in a galaxy not so far away, Pitt launched its newest supercomputer into the cosmos — marking the first time that the Pitt script logo, engraved in gold on the top of the machine, could be seen in space.

Editorial: Leave advertisements out of space

A Russian startup company announced in January it wants to create advertisements with small satellites.
April 17, 2019
In a day and age where it’s nearly impossible to go anywhere without seeing some sort of advertisement, putting them in the sky seems not only irritating, but unnecessary and harmful.

Students scatter to study in green spaces

Potential American Idol contestants line the border of Schenley Plaza waiting to audition in June 2015. (Photo by Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer)
November 17, 2017

Although Pitt’s campus has a lot of the amenities a traditional campus would, it doesn’t have a central green space that all the buildings on campus surround. Instead, Pitt has scattered spaces...

Space age brought JFK, Space Research Center to Pitt

President Kennedy visited the University of Pittsbrugh in October of 1962 in the midst of the space race. Photo courtesy of Historic Pittsburgh
December 14, 2015

When Murray “Buzz” Susser enrolled in Pitt’s School of Medicine in 1962, he hoped to someday be the first doctor on the moon. An Air Force Reserve captain and former National Guard pilot, Susser...

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