Edinburg resident Michael Baldwin spent the past spring at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston where he developed range and fuel indicators for a lunar simulation display. It also generates high-resolution lunar Digital Elevation Models for the lunar terrain used in the final descent of the landing in the simulation. Baldwin applied for the Undergraduate Student Research Program and found out about it through the university career center at the University of Texas-Pan American.

The goal of the Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) project that Baldwin was involved in was to help figure out how to safely and precisely execute a crewed or uncrewed landing at the lunar poles with polar lighting conditions (less than 1 degree of lighting), thruster-generated regolith clouds and without the help of navigationals aids at the site.

Baldwin is attending the University of Texas - Pan American (UTPA) and will graduate this month. At UTEP he is studying Computer Science and one day hopes fulfill his dream of one day working for NASA.

The NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program is an internship that offers NASA research and development opportunities. USRP offers internships in engineering, science, and mathematics that give students the ultimate STEM workforce preparatory experience. USRP is one of most highly comprehensive internship programs for undergraduate students. Students work on practical problems that will see real applications in aerospace or on future NASA missions. These immersive NASA opportunities combine scientific research with professional hands-on engineering.

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