UND student researchers re-entered real life, after a simulated mission to the moon. Three UND student researchers spent the last 10 days inside this lunar module that simulates living quarters on the moon or mars.
Natural Sound: "Cheering…..".
Erica Dolinar, Student: "It was a lot of fun. We got to know each other pretty well."
Reporter: "Did it get a little long?"
Tim Buli, Student: "A little bit toward the end there, yep. Ha."
Reporter: "What did you miss most?"
Travis Nelson, Student: "The sky and the sun."
Woman: "Crew quarters are here. There are 4 different crew quarters. This can support a crew of four."
Inside, the trio conducted collected all kinds of data connected to living in this module in space. It's no toy, it's information that space companies and research centers want.
Pablo De Leon, UND Space Studies: "Mainly NASA Centers and some other Universities to develop different missions that deal with a variety of subject, from Geology, Material Sciences and Psychology."
It not only puts UND students on the cutting edge of space research, it also puts them in touch with the people that can turn their passion… into a career.
Travis Nelson, Student: "Space exploration has been a dream of mine for a very long time and I believe this project and the Space Studies program in general, is a significant step in fulfilling that dream."
This could very well be the next generation of space explorers. UND graduate and astronaut, Karen Nyberg is aboard the International Space Station right now and has been sending back spectacular photos of earth.