UF launches new Astraeus Space Institute

University of Florida faculty members with a wide range of expertise in space-related research are coming together to form the UF Space Mission Institute, with $2.5 million in support from UF President Ben Sasse’s strategic funding initiative. 

The institute, managed by UF Research, will be a hub in which scientists and scholars from across UF – including those from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – can collaborate, conduct research, and innovate. 

“Imagine a hub that brings together experts from across UF to revolutionize the way we approach space travel and exploration,” Sasse said. “The Space Mission Institute will be an incredible resource for UF, and it will help us work closely with the brightest minds of our time to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. As the state of Florida’s flagship university, UF has an important role to play in this sector.”

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Joe Kays January 8, 2024