Johnson Space Center goes 'blue' for green energy
Students from the University of Michigan brought their solar car project to Houston and spoke with various leaders in the energy sector and other companies downtown to discuss potential opportunities for their upcoming World Solar Car race. Michigan alumni Mike Hess, associate director, JSC Engineering Directorate, invited Solar Car Project Manager Eric Hausman and Logistics Specialist James Kaune to tour Johnson Space Center. Unfortunately, the students weren't able to bring the full-scale solar car to on-site, but did bring their 1/4 scale replica. Mike Interbartolo with New Business Development for the Engineering Directorate, also a Michigan alum, took them around to the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility and Mission Control Center. The Michigan innovators left JSC inspired and headed to Austin to support the University of Michigan interactive booth at SxSW.