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UH Moment: “Space Architecture”

A bird’s-eye view can help you see something clearly, unless you have the perspective on one UH graduate student. Listen to this week’s UH Moment.

Kristine Ferrone is passionate about space and about science.

NASA Mars Settlement

CG Render of proposed NASA Mars Settlement

“Science for me has been a personal journey of discovering new things, challenging new ways of thinking, learning how to look at problems in different ways and how to solve problems with different information,” Ferrone said. “Science helps to teach kids how they can explore different types of pathways to get to an answer to solve a problem.”

Ferrone prepares flight plans for the International Space Station. She’s also a student in the UH Space Architecture program.

“There are really very few programs in the country and the world that study space architecture as its own discipline, and to have that here in Houston and accessible was a great find,” she said about the graduate program housed in the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.”

While Ferrone, the NASA employee, is passionate about science and space, Ferrone, the UH student, is equally enthusiastic about conveying her passion to young people. When she’s not participating in a program simulating life on Mars, wearing space suits or communicating with the space station, Ferrone speaks to middle and high school students, encouraging them to pursue college and give space a chance. One such speaking engagement recently was to a group of middle school students.

UH College of Architecture

UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture

“They’re young, so I made it into something fun, called it astronaut training. I taught them about the space shuttle and the space station and Mars. And they really liked the pictures of me in my space suit,” she remembered. “It was really exciting to see them really into it. It was great to see them get so enthusiastic about space.”

She’s hopeful that her love for space and science sparks that same passion in youth and adults.

“NASA and science is so intriguing to me and to young people because of its mystery. For kids and grown-ups it’s a cool factor, and something for them to imagine and think about in different ways,” she said.

Kristine Ferrone is part of what’s happening at the University of Houston. I’m Marisa Ramirez.

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