University of Cincinnati, NASA to partner on space research

CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati and NASA are partnering for space research at a new institute named for astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

UC officials plan Wednesday to announce details of the agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration while previewing an on-campus exhibition to honor Armstrong. It will open to the public Thursday.

Armstrong was an aerospace engineering professor at UC during the 1970s. He died last year at age 82.

The school says the Neil Armstrong Space Institute will promote research, offer education in space science and engineering, and manage space-related data. An initial focus for research will be unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.

The agreement will connect UC researchers with experts at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.