Photo Credit: Alex Garcia

Rocks and Regolith studies at the NASA Kennedy Space Center!

Alex Garcia (M.S. student, Gill) has been working at the “Swamp Works” at the NASA Kennedy Space Center during the Spring 2017 semester. During his internship, which is part of the Regolith Resources Robotics - R^3 opportunity, he has characterized the physical and mechanical properties of granular minerals of different lunar simulants. Alex has also done geotechnical tests on the asteroid simulant Orgueil that was created by NASA and UCF. He is currently running an experiment where he has a sample of Orgueil undergoing thermal cycling conditions to determine if thermal cycling increases the forces necessary to break the surface. This is pertinent information that will assist in creating the technology necessary to mine near earth bodies.