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Space Science and Aerospace

New Mexico State University has a long history of research in space and aerospace, beginning with NMSU student teams film projects on the first V-2 flights at White Sands Proving Ground in 1946.  In 2011, NMSU had more than $17 million in current funding from more than 25 sponsors to support space and aerospace related research.  NMSU manages the Apache Point Observatory which is home of the Astrophysical Research Consortium 3.5-meter telescope and 0.5 meter small aperture telescope, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey 2.5 meter telescope, and the NMSU 1.0 meter telescope.  NMSU also houses the Planetary Data Systems (PDS) node for planetary atmospheres data, a NASA-funded archive of planetary data used by researchers world-wide. 


Foci of Faculty Research Efforts

  • Planetary science
  • Solar, stellar, and exoplanetary science
  • Galactic and extragalactic research
  • Aeroelasticity and fluid structure interaction
  • Dynamics and vibrations
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Robotics and controls
  • Solid mechanics and materials
  • Thermal science and energy

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