The crew of HERA Campaign 5, Mission 2, courtesy of NASA.

Practicing for a voyage to Mars

If you want to make the long voyage to Mars, you first have to train and rehearse, and MIT alumnus Barret Schlegelmilch SM ’18, MBA ’18 is doing just that. He recently commanded a 45-day practice mission living and working with three other would-be astronauts in a cramped simulated spaceship.
Kavya Manyapu SM ’10 and Celena Dopart SM ’14 standing in front of a shuttle

For These Engineers, Starliner’s Crew Is Top Priority

Both Manyapu and Dopart, a human factors systems engineer, have logged countless hours developing Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, in collaboration with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The spacecraft will be used to access low Earth orbit and travel to the International Space Station.