Archive for February, 2007


Professional visits to Snecma,EADS and Paris

February 26, 2007

Every long trip starts with the turn-on of a bus engine….The Masters Class 2007 made a professional visit to the Snecma company where we could see the production process of the Vulcan Engines for the Arianne 5, helicopters and even figther jets,etc. An overview of the company and its clients, services and products; some people in the class whose passion for launching vehicles is their stuff went almost crazy of the excitement of being there … anyway was a fun visit and also a very dynamic one.

After the visit we had the rest of the day free so we managed to get some time to walk around in the town – at this time the class realized that one of our Rock superstar fellow in the masters program who was since the previous weekend in Paris he not longer was close to Paris due in his short French misunderstood the place where he wanted to go due it sounded like Marseille so he ended up in the south of France having a nice walk nearby the beach…. nice trade off Thiago!! (hey new ISU’ers take note what can happen if you guys don’t speak French eh?! you better prepare!!)

Next day was followed by the drive to Paris which took a couple of hours due the traffic in the city,in the way there we made a stop at the museum of Monet’s garden where we had so much fun and also we could visit his house-museum and enjoy of the beautiful colors of his garden as if this was not enough we got in Paris straight  to our hotel followed by a dinner with all the people in the class and of course we couldn’t resist to take a field research of the night life of Paris, it was a lot of fun but we needed to got back to our hotel in order to not to burn our busters for the visit of the next day to EADS where actually we were able to see a composite laboratory and even enter where the first stage of the Arianne 5 rocket where is put all together.

That day we made a 2-3 hours stop to the Air and Space museum  where we actually took tons of pictures and were completely delighted with all the geek stuff in it like the Concorde mock up,  satellites,  the Arianne 5 rocket, etc. Then we headed back to Paris  bit this time we had some free time and discover the beauty of the architecture and the cosmopolitan lifestyle of the romantic city, Paris. All we can say is that this trip was a great opportunity to know all of us each other and also to have a real time experience with the space industry, so exciting!!


Final Day of Moon Symposium

February 25, 2007

The final day of the moon symposium kicks off with a business and commercial issue in moon exploration. Our Dean Walter Peeters is the moderator start and invite a team of economic experts to discuss about the business viability of moon exploration. . Without an profitable economy in the moon exploration business, it will be really hard to explore the moon. Thus to have a strong business plan to go back to the moon. A few experts express their solutions and their economic strategy that could increase the chances of human to explore the moon.

After answering our moon answer, we break for another wonderful lunch and soon follows up with a presentation with our legal issue. Legal is also another important issue that we have to look up. To ensure a prosperous and maintaining order in our effort to explore the moon. We have to solve our legal questions and create a framework that ensures the success of such endevours. Luckily, in this panel we have a team of experts that discuss these issues and we strongly believe our policy makers and lawyers to help the space community to achieve their ultimate dream of helping humanity to reach the moon.

After our discussion of the moon, its time to review the whole moon symposium. 6 representative from each session came foward to conclude each of them.

After the end of the conclusion, there is an interesting treat by one of our participant, cherlynn Morrow from SETI has been involved in AstroJazz music . Together from 3 students from ISU, they did a collaboration of music/songs performance for all the audiences. An excellent performance by the team which deserver the thunderous claps by all of us.

It has been one successful Symposium with over 200 participant attended the confrence. The largest turnout ever in the history of ISU according to one source.

Representing the students, we would like to thank every single person that comes from all corners of the world to ISU to share their expert opinions on the moon. Not only did it widen our horizon, it also inspire us to go further in our education and career so that we one day could be part of the global effort to explore our next frontier.

Our Final pictures

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A portion of the Cherlynn Morrow Performance

To commemorate our experience in the moon symposium the web team created a little video remembering our experience in the moon symposium

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2nd Day of Moon Symposium

February 23, 2007

The second day of the moon symposium gets off with an early presentation of the scientific reason why we go to the moon. The discussion was kicked off by our Japanese friend from the Selene program which discuss about their Orbiter to the moon. The team from JAXA shares with everyone with their scientific aim to go to the moon and what they wish to gain from their mission. The presentation soon follows by another very interesting presentation from other Space Agencies and Private companies and Research Centre. all 3 space agencies ESA-Smart-1, JAXA’s Selene Program and NASA’s LRO mission highlight the importance of their mission and induce a series of further discussion about the scientific reason why do we go the moon. The session ended with a lively discussion of Lunar Astronomy with Dr.Harley Thompson from NASA Goddard SpaceFlight Center.

The session then takes a break for another delicious lunch in the pioneer hall, where by the second day of the symposium. Everyone is more comfortable with each other settle down faster for the lunch discussion. This time, the students and experts mingle and share a series of awe-inspiring discussion of the wild possibilites of us as a civillization are going back to the moon.

After lunch, the next discussion topic is using Moon as a technological test-bed. Where the discussion of the possibilities of using the moon as a technology demostration to explore further to mars and beyond. Isnt it exciting to hear all the dreams of all these scientists and engineer and their driving force to push us humanity to the next frontier.

The discussion brought at end at around 6 p.m. where there is a bus waiting to take our eager moon expert to a beautiful eglise ( church ) in the middle of the beautiful city of strasbourg where there is a special organ concert privately arranged and donated by the city of strasbourg. A beautiful sound and a beautiful performance by the local talents that takes our breath away. After that magnificent performance, we were then treated a traditional alsacian dinner by the mayor of strasbourg in the beautiful restaurant. The dinner is amazing with everyone mingle with each other to share their work and their personal passion on why we go to the moon over the dinner. A Tasty dinner and a lovely evening it has been. However, thats not the end. There is stil one more day to our symposium where a lively discussion of business and policy and law in the moon awaits.

The Discussion Continues

A Tasty Lunch Awaits

More Discussion of Scientific Reason to go to the moon

Space Art Exhibition

A lovely Dinner in Acienne Doanne

Listening to a representative from strasbourg to give a speech

A Representative from Strasbourg treating us the lovely dinner

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Queueing in the lunctime

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Dinner Video

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Why The Moon? Symposium Kicks Off

February 22, 2007

The annual symposium in ISU has just started . This year confrence main topic is ” Why The Moon ?” Why do we choose to go to the moon ?. This symposium has attracted many moon expert from all over the world including moon experts from NASA, ESA , JAXA , Chinese Space Agency and others. The Moon symposium is declared opened by ISU President Dr. Michael Simpsons and a few keynote speakers with Dr. John Logdson and Dr.Gale Allen from NASA to kick off the discussion of “Why we go to the moon?”

The excitement of discussion sparks from flickering candlelight to a large giant fireball when more and more speakers introduce his or her vision to the subject of Why go the moon?. The lively discussion extended all the way to lunchtime, where its time for a sumptuous lunch provided by one of our sponsors Lockheed Martin. Lunch is very well received by our expert where they slowly form line to try a taste of the traditional alsacian cuisine. While enjoying their meals, the discussion continues on the lunch table, where ideas and opinion clashes like a molecular formation.

After filling our stomach, its time to go back to the main confrence room to further discuss the next hot topic “The moon as a public stimulus.” This time, there is more experts from different disiplinary to share their expertise and experience to all of us, Many of the speakers engages us with a lively and entertaining presentation of how to engage teh public in our effort to return to the moon. One of the most eloquent quote was stated by Europeans Space Agency Smart-1 Chief Scientist , Bernard Foing. :” The moon belongs to everyone in the planet, it is our 8th continent!”

Times flies like a blink of an eye, where without realising the time stretches to late evening. But thats not finished, the next on the topic is the poster sessions, where students/experts presented their ideas in a poster to showcase their research, their ideas and their proposal, the posters generated more discussion with the experts, where they exchange, iterate and improves ideas that is presented in the posters. Soon the bus to return to the main centre arrives where they took most of our experts back to their hotel to regenerate for another session of a rigorous discussion of why the moon the next day.

President Simpson official opens the symposium

Why do we go to the moon ?

A Traditional Alsacian lunch in ISU Pioneer Hall

Discussion on the table

Space Art Exhibition

The Poster Session

Discussion on the Poster Session

Talking about the moon while eating apple 🙂

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An Example of the of our lively discussion

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More Discussion between experts

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Chinese New Year in Strasbourg

February 21, 2007

Chinese New Year Celebration today. The chinese community in ISU get together at 12 Noon to prepare a traditional chinese cuisine for everyone in ISU. All of us started to prepare all the food by cutting the vegetables and meat to prepare for big feast. While william prepares to hijack the Chinese National TV CCTV to watch the countdown in China. its 5 p.m. and we manage to catch a glimpse of the chinese countdown party. An amazing technology revolution. No matter where you are .. you wont be away from home.

We continue to cook, while Bee and William goes to decorate the house to be more chinese looking, not long later our belgian friend rodolphe came early to give us support in decorating the house. Slowly more and more people came to visit at around 730 p.m. its time to eat and drink chinese food and beer. where we exchange stories about the origins of the chinese new year and do a traditional chinese new year drinking cheers .. Cant Pay !! ( i always thought that you shout you cant pay for your drink !! )

The evening entertaintment start with a chinese traditional kung fu movie Although the choreography is beautiful, it has no ending. We were all puzzled and amazed by the movie. but that doesnt ruin our mood to dance the night away with a hip hop chinese modern song..

Our main Door

Preparing the food

Watchig the countdown live from chinese tv

Yummy Yum

Rodolphe is drawing the dragon

The house is almost ready

Time to eat and enjoy the chinese new year

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ISU mars expedition in Utah

February 20, 2007


Simon Masters 06/07 MSS Students, 2nd from the right ( black t-shirt )


This is live from Utah! Today after our big meetings day we had time to
learn that in Utah it is against the law to fish from horseback, or illegal
not to drink milk or even more illegal to detonate any nuclear weapon. The
best is that a husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by
his wife while she is in his presence…interesting…but fortunately we are
considering there wouldn’t be such rules on Mars so we feel free! Desert
around here is a geologist’s dream (I won’t make it to the Grand Canyon but
who cares for now?!) it is fun to be here to learn from the science people
of mission control who showed us the good way in all the projects we will be
doing up north this summer. We can understand fully the implications for
Mars analogue research. We are ready as a crew for simulation I guess but we
still have lots to do. Snow makes things harder here especially with
transportation. Everyone is amazing, Utah people are great, this is just the
beginning! Geo geo geo, with bio, permafrost, meterorite and space!!!!


I really wish I could show you everything I learnt it is unique here! Hope
to hear from you soon. Martians have not been seen yet, they hate snow and


Wish you good week and speak to you soon!














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Launch of Tp-2 Website

February 19, 2007

Today is the Launch of Tp-2 Website The title of our project is Helium 3 and other planetary resources : Support for Humanity or Folly ?

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