After climbing Earth’s highest peaks, TWU alumna sets sights on space TWU

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Roxanne Gonzales-Vogel, second from left, on the Axiom Mission Management in Houston

August 22, 2023 – DENTON – Roxanne Gonzales-Vogel has climbed the peaks of the tallest mountains on all seven continents, together with Mt. Everest. Her subsequent problem is out of this world. 


The Texas Lady’s alumna is engaged on cutting-edge expertise that may present vitamin for astronauts whereas they’re working in outer house. 

Because the vitamin and efficiency analysis supervisor at GU Power Labs, Gonzales-Vogel and her colleagues are designing a private vitamin pouch that astronauts could have inside their spacesuits. 

GU, a producer of vitality gels and sports activities vitamin merchandise, has partnered with Axiom House, a developer of the next-generation spacesuit that could be utilized in help of future house exploration missions in low-Earth orbit (LEO) and on the moon. The 2 firms are working collectively to develop this superior in-suit vitamin system for astronauts

“At GU, we have now at all times been impressed to gas athletes pushing themselves to the extremes and this collaboration is an extension of that mission,” stated Gonzales-Vogel in a ready assertion. “Our aim is to supply important vitamins in a handy, hands-free supply format, to assist gas astronauts as they push the bounds of human house exploration.”

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The Axiom House next-generation spacesuit
picture courtesy of Axiom House

Gonzales-Vogel, who acquired a grasp’s diploma in train and sports activities vitamin from TWU’s Division of Diet and Meals Sciences, is the performing challenge supervisor for GU on this initiative and can lead analysis and growth efforts. 

“I’ve been working with our workforce to give you a customized packaging and supply methodology for our GU product with the intention to make it match inside the constraints of the swimsuit, and dealing instantly with the engineers at Axiom to make sure it meets the rules for house flight,” Gonzales-Vogel stated.

She and her colleagues visited Axiom Mission Management in Houston to get an up-close have a look at its next-generation spacesuit and the place the vitamin system would match inside the swimsuit. 

Again on the GU lab, the challenge workforce is creating a supply system. The workforce’s mission is to maintain astronauts energized for as much as eight hours in low or zero gravity and to ship that vitamin hands-free.

Gonzales-Vogel sees similarities between astronauts and athletes, GU’s fundamental purchasers. They each spend many hours coaching, face bodily and psychological obstacles and are uncovered to unpredictable environments. Additionally they must be aware of their hydration and vitamin. 

Simply as a runner would want a sports activities vitamin gel for vitality throughout a long-distance race, an astronaut wants further energy to remain alert for the calls for of an area stroll.

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Roxanne Gonzales-Vogel atop of Mt. Everest
Picture credit score: Lydia Bradey

It’s not a stretch that Gonzales-Vogel and GU are engaged on vitamin for astronauts. Astronaut vitamin has truly been one thing Gonzales-Vogel has at all times needed to review.

“It is a dream challenge for me,” Gonzales-Vogel stated.

She has been so enticed with house exploration that she as soon as volunteered for a 45-day spaceflight simulation examine that replicated the expertise of residing and dealing on an area station.

As an endurance athlete, Gonzales-Vogel has raced throughout the Himalayan mountains, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and trekked via the Alps. House, nevertheless, is the unexplored frontier for her and the remainder of the world. 

Though she gained’t be house strolling (but), she will be able to say she was a part of a mission to gas astronauts on an upcoming house launch. 

That’s out-of-this-world stuff. 


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