NASA Mission Explained in Manga

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
University of Texas Academics Create Comic to Teach Children About NASA Research Mission

Dr. Marc Hairston of the Center for Space Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, and fellow academic Dr. Mary Urquhart, have created a manga aimed at explaining a NASA satellite mission to study the ionosphere.

The comic, Cindi in Space was created to teach sixth to ninth grade students about the CINDI (Coupled Ion-Neutral Dynamics Investigation) research mission, however they have found that many adults have also shown interest in the manga.

The academics turned to Minneapolis College of Art and Design student Erik Lervold to design the characters and draw the manga with help from fellow students.

Cindi in Space tells the story of an android girl (named Cindi) who lives in orbit with her two robot dogs. The 24-page comic is available for free here.

Dr. Marc Hairston is a long time anime / manga fan who regularly lectures at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits conference.

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