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Project Imua team looking forward to third rocket launch

A team of University of Hawaʻi community college students gathered at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in August 2016 to launch scientific experiments they had designed and built into space. A NASA videographer documented their journey. Project Imua is a joint faculty-student enterprise of four UH community college campuses (Honolulu, Kapiʻolani, Kauaʻi and Windward Community College). Its primary mission …

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How bright is the future of space food?

Research at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa could play a major role in NASA’s goal to travel to Mars in the 2030s, including what the astronauts could eat during that historic mission. A trip to Mars and back is estimated to take about two and half years, and ideally, their diet would be healthy while requiring minimal effort and …

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First Falling Walls in Hawaiʻi hosted at Institute for Astronomy

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy (IfA) will host Hawaiʻi’s first Falling Walls Lab on May 4. The local winner will earn a presentation spot at the International Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, Germany. Groundbreaking research, projects, initiatives, ideas and business models from all disciplines are welcome. The aim of the Falling Walls Lab is to foster …

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Maunakea Observatories award Nānākuli and Kapolei students with research time

Nānākuli and Kapolei High Schools students were recognized for their outstanding student proposals, as part of the Maunakea Scholars program. These scholars will be awarded telescope time on Canada-France-Hawaiʻi Telescope, Subaru Telescope and Gemini Observatory. Maunakea Scholars is an innovative program designed to bring Hawaiʻi’s young, aspiring astronomers into the observatory community by competitively allocating observing time on Maunakea’s world-class …

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Newly discovered intergalactic void repels Milky Way

The Dipole Repeller from Daniel Pomarède on Vimeo. For decades, astronomers have known that our Milky Way galaxy—along with our companion galaxy, Andromeda—is moving through space at about 1.4 million miles per hour with respect to the expanding universe. Scientists generally assumed that dense regions of the universe, populated with an excess of galaxies, are pulling us in the same …

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Mission V crew enters HI-SEAS Mars simulation habitat on Mauna Loa

At approximately 4:50 p.m. on January 19, 2017, six astronaut-like crewmembers entered a geodesic dome located 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaiʻi, which will serve as their home for the next eight months. They are part of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) project, which has …

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Nick Kaiser awarded Royal Astronomical Society’s highest honor

Nick Kaiser, an astronomer with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy has been awarded the gold medal in astronomy by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). Kaiser will receive his award at the society’s national astronomy meeting in July. The gold medal is the Royal Astronomical Society’s highest honor and usually recognizes lifetime achievement. First awarded in 1824, …

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HI-SEAS Mission V crew preparing to enter Mars simulation habitat

The crew has been selected, and research studies confirmed for the 2017 mission of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS). At approximately 3:30 p.m. on January 19, 2017, six astronaut-like crewmembers will enter a geodesic dome atop Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaiʻi as part of an eight-month research study of human …

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UH faculty featured in President’s speaker series at Maui and Hawaiʻi

The University of Hawaiʻi invites the community to an series of talks featuring outstanding faculty. The President’s Series will take place at UH Maui College’s ʻIke Leʻa (Room 144) and at Hawaiʻi Community College–Pālamanui outdoor theatre. Chip Fletcher Will your property be beachfront in the future? A discussion of climate impacts in Hawaiʻi UH Maui College: Monday, January 9 5 …

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