University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Space Studies Colloquium Series continues Feb. 11

The spring 2013 Space Studies Colloquium Series focuses on the general theme "Near-Earth Asteroid Mining" and will feature several leading experts in the field.

The second presentation in this series will feature Angel Abbud-Madrid, director of the Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines and president of the Space Resources Roundtable. Abbud-Madrid's lecture, titled "Space Resources Utilization: Living off the Land," is set for 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in 111 Ryan Hall.

Just as our ancestors for centuries relied on the use of local resources to explore every corner of our planet, so the utilization of space resources will enable the affordable establishment of extraterrestrial exploration and operations by minimizing the materials carried from Earth. The search and use of resources to produce materials, propellants, energy, and basic consumables for life support on the Moon, asteroids, and other planets may very well become one of the main drivers for continuing our exploration of space.

Abbud-Madrid has more than 25 years of experience conducting experiments in a variety of NASA’s low-gravity facilities, such as drop towers, parabolic-flight aircraft, and orbiting spacecraft. He is also the president of The Space Resources Roundtable, an organization focused on bringing the space exploration community, the financial sector, and the mining and minerals industries to discuss issues related to lunar, asteroidal, and planetary resources.

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