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UND Students Shoot For The Stars

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U.N.D. student researchers are now working on developing equipment, that's out of this world.

Tiffany Swarmer, UND Student: "Hi, I'm Tiffany Swarmer. I'm here at UND in the NDX-2."

Tiffany just took part in a friendly competition with other researchers around the world, who are trying to develop the equipment that will take mankind to Mars and beyond.  Part of that equipment is this spacesuit being developed at UND. It's more flexible and can support life for much longer than earlier suits.

It was just was just demonstrated to other researchers around the globe, via video conference.

Tiffany Swarmer, UND Student: "That's the hope. The hope is that one day, we'll all be able to collaborate and the best from what everybody can produce will create the next generation of space travelers."

UND researchers are also developing vehicles   and living quarters that could be used on other planets.

Pablo de Leon , UND Space Studies: "We're trying to develop systems that will be useful, whenever the next human missions to planets are organized. We have one of the few laboratories in the world, where this kind of research is taking place."

Most space researchers now agree, that any future, long range missions will be a collaboration between countries, because of the expense.

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