Not many colleges can claim they've sent anything to the moon. Just another reason Louisianians are awesome.

Believe it or not, it's true, a radiation detection device is being sent to the moon. Who developed this interesting device, you ask? That would, of course, be five LSU students, or should I call them freakin' geniuses. When I went to college, granted it was for a very short amount of time, I was busy eating cheeto puffs and playing grand theft auto until the wee hours of the night.

Senior Engineering Undergrad Jacob Miller played a big role in developing this radiation detection device and the case it's held in. He's thrilled for the opportunity, saying, "A lot of the problems that we are facing, they are not trivial, and they are new, and the fact that we, especially as students get to tackle these problems is really exciting.”

The device is around the size of a standard iPhone.

In researching these students and this device, I was blown away at one particular part... I guess it's not something I've realized until now, despite being a giant space nerd. The five students worked under LSU SpaRTAN Lab head Jeffery Chancellor. Chancellor, speaking on the age of the students, says, "If you go and you look back at the old Apollo days most of those flight engineers and controllers were in their mid to late 20s, so it wasn’t like they had 15 to 20 years of experience.”

Mind-blowing.

The device is set to be sent to the moon as part of the IM-1 lunar mission, which is set to launch early 2022.

 

 

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