Well, it’s official. I’m accepted, registered, and signed up to begin the University of North Dakota’s Master’s of Science in Space Studies program this fall. The program is the first of its kind in the country, starting in the 1980s with state-of-the-art facilities, simulators, and a breadth of interdisciplinary course offerings, from orbital dynamics to the management of space organizations.
An overview of the history of the program can be found here.
I’m hoping to find a way to unify my geology and planetary science background with my current professional experience in radiation physics to make a mean astronaut cocktail – which sounds frankly like an untapped synergy in the current astronaut-hopeful pool. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I’ve been waiting to be a part of a program like this my entire life. =)