ASU is very involved in space exploration. Students and their professors have come up with cutting edge technology for NASA and the Air Force. The latest is a camera in space.
Michael Veto is showing junior high students around his lab at the School of Earth and Space, hoping to get their interest in the subject. Michael has always been interested in space.
"I tell my friends… we are taking pictures of Mars as it's going around. Who else gets to do that?" says Veto.
Michael is a third year grad student at ASU – now he's working on tougher projects. Like an infrared camera that will be put to work in space.
"This is our clean box where we keep all the hardware that we are working on."
Michael has already started on the camera. He has 18 months to finish it.
"This is going to be going into space and so the space environment is really harsh and we need to make sure it's going to be radiation tolerant, that the thermal environment is going to be sufficient so that it will continue to operate."
The camera is about the size of a shoe box. But Michael has to make it even smaller.
"In space, smaller is better. You need to make it as compact as possible, because mass is basically a currency."
Michael says it's a great time to be involved in space exploration.
"Right now space exploration is becoming more and more available to students all over the country, sending up small satellites that high school and colleges can participate in."
Everyone is waiting to see those pictures from outer space, thanks to Michael Veto. The camera he is building will be mounted on a satellite to send pictures back to earth.