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Brown Bag Lunch -- Mars Gravity Biosatellite
Audrey Schaffer
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

The Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program will study the effects of Martian-level gravity on mammals by sending a payload of mice into low-earth orbit, exposing the mice to partial gravity for five weeks, and returning the mice safely to earth to study the effects of reduced gravity. During IAP, students involved in the Mars Gravity Project will give Friday lunchtime presentations on a particular aspect of the project to inform the public about details of the program and the current design. Any member of the MIT community is welcome to attend. Bring your lunch, bring your questions, and bring a friend!
Web: http://www.marsgravity.org
Contact: Audrey Schaffer, 41-116, (617) 452-3309, audreys@mit.edu
Sponsor: Satellite Engineering Team

Program Overview
Paul Wooster
General overview of the program, including mission objectives, project timeline, projected cost, business development efforts, work to date, and student involvement.
Fri Jan 9, 12-01:30pm, 41-116

Science Overview
Erika Wagner, Thomas Coffee
Overview of science objectives of mission, motivation for scientific studies, current and past work on ground control tests, and research framework for mission data.
Fri Jan 16, 12-01:30pm, 41-116

Systems Engineering Overview
Rachel Lee
Overview of spacecraft as a whole, mission requirements, operational timelines, testing plans, and interface design.
Fri Jan 23, 12-01:30pm, 41-116

Payload Engineering Overview
Marcus Lopez
Overview of payload system of spacecraft, including life support systems, structural design, sensors and software, and unique animal care challenges.
Fri Jan 30, 12-01:30pm, 41-116
Latest update: 31-Oct-2003

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