Tiger of the Week: David Goldstein ’84

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David Goldstein ’84 with daughter Galit ’13

Friday, Oct. 9 will be a big day for David Goldstein ’84, a professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin. Goldstein is on the science team of NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) spacecraft, which will crash into the moon’s Cabeus crater at about 7:30 a.m. Eastern time, kicking up dust that researchers believe contains ice. A second spacecraft will follow, four minutes after the first.

If water ice is present, Goldstein explains, it could be a valuable resource for astronauts at a lunar station. As NASA’s Web site notes, “It will not be practical to transport to space the amount of water needed for human and exploration needs.” (Interested readers can follow the LCROSS spacecraft’s journey on Twitter.)

Goldstein, an expert in fluid dynamics, has worked to model the gas and dust dynamics of the LCROSS impact plumes. His research group also models comet impacts on the moon.

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2 thoughts on “Tiger of the Week: David Goldstein ’84

  1. Norm Jen

    Dave’s come a long way since our middle school years when we built a local lawn mowing empire with machines salvaged from scrap yards. Perhaps I can claim to have been there at the start of Dave’s aerospace career when he starting building a wood propeller in shop and proceeded to erect an electricity-generating windmill in his back yard! Way to go Dave!

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