Return from Mars-ish.


Ross Lockwood (PhD student Physics) has returned after spending 4 months simulating life on Mars, by living on the side of a volcano in Hawaii.  The Hi-SEAS project aims to simulates living and working on the surface of Mars, with 6 researchers living in cramped conditions with little contact with the outside world.

For more information and media coverage, see:

Public Talk by Dr. Carolyn Porco


The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Edmonton Centre and The Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology Present:

Dr. Carolyn Porco

In the Land of Enchantment:
A Decade Exploring Saturn

Monday, May 12, 2014 7:30-9:30pm

CCIS 1-430 - University of Alberta

This is a FREE talk open to the Public

For more info see

Download a PDF Poster here!


CaNoRock 9

January 13-17, 2014

The Canada-Norway Student Sounding Rocket (CaNoRock) exchange program is a partnership between the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Saskatchewan, the University of Oslo and the Andoya Rocket Range in Norway.CaNoRock5

Undergraduate students spend a week on site at the Andoya Rocket Range, gaining hands-on experience in sounding rocket and payload  instrument design.  You can earn course credit for completing the programme.

For more information please attend our information session in CCIS L1-029 on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013  from 12:00 to 13:00.
FREE PIZZA provided!

Places are limited and undergraduates must apply through ISSET to be considered for the program.

To apply please send your resume, an up-to-date, unofficial transcript from beartracks, and a one (1) page essay on why you should be considered for the CaNoRock program to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications due by 23:59pm on Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Applications will be evaluated based on:

Selection Criteria:

  • GPA
  • Career ambitions in space
  • Related projects & experience
  • Demonstrated Leadership and Teamwork
  • Presentation, ability to represent the university, compliance with application requirements
  • Short-listed candidates may be interviewed before final selection

This program is undertaken with the financial support of the Canadian Space Agency and the U of A Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund.

Welcome to ISSET

The Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology (ISSET) is a University of Alberta institute that embraces a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines related to the exploration of space. ISSET builds on long-standing institutional excellence in space research in order to take advantage of emerging, cross-disciplinary opportunities and to develop partnerships with other institutions, agencies and industry.

In addition, ISSET offers unique educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, and develops provincial capabilities in space research through educational outreach programs, visiting professor positions, workshops and scientific meetings.

ISSET has four core themes based on existing and emerging strengths at the University of Alberta within six Departments across two Faculties.

  • Microgravity science and planetary environment.
  • Space technology for instrumentation and robotics.
  • Planetary materials science.
  • Space physics and space environment.