Six Habits of Effective Interns

Thousands of students apply for NASA internships every session and a few hundred of them are selected to support NASA missions each session. There are various reasons why a student may be selected for an internship at NASA. The vast majority of interns who are selected achieve their academic success by developing and applying effective work and study habits. For students seeking a NASA internship, we say to keep going, develop new habits like the ones below, and apply what you know to internship projects that align with your career interests. Here are six effective habits of successful interns at NASA that you can aim for today:

1. Set goals for yourself

Once a month take some time out of your busy schedule to set some goals. These can be goals about your career, internship, or projects.


Some good examples of goals are:

  • Take good detail notes
  • Set an hour to check in with your mentor
  • Attend one center event per month
  • Become comfortable with virtual platforms
  • Set some time for training materials each week
  • Learn a new skill about your mission


Read the other 5 Habits in the full article here.

Be sure to reach out to your state’s Space Grant Consortium to ask how they may be able to support you!


Ride Along With Juno Past Ganymede And Jupiter

Ride along with Juno

The Juno spacecraft made its most recent flyby of the giant planet Jupiter on June 8, 2021. Shortly before its closest point to Jupiter – the 34th of the mission, or perijove 34 – Juno flew closer to Jupiter’s large moon Ganymede than any spacecraft has in more than two decades. On July 14, NASA released the beautiful video above. It lets you ride along with the Juno spacecraft on this most recent sweep past Ganymede and Jupiter. The video is gorgeous and evocative. Juno’s principal investigator Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio said in a statement:

The animation shows just how beautiful deep space exploration can be. It’s a way for people to imagine exploring our solar system firsthand by seeing what it would be like to be orbiting Jupiter and flying past one of its icy moons.

Read the full article here.

Author: Deborah Byrd

Image Credit: NASA JPL


Blue Origin will fly female aviator Wally Funk, one of the Mercury 13, on 1st crewed launch

Aviator Wally Funk wanted to be an astronaut in the earliest days of spaceflight. Sixty years later, on July 20, she’ll finally go to space with Blue Origin.

Funk was one of 13 female aviators later dubbed the Mercury 13 who, in 1961, passed all the exams necessary for admission to NASA’s astronaut corps and lobbied the federal government to send women into space. NASA and Congress demurred and women were excluded from becoming U.S. astronauts for more than a decade; Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space in 1983.

But, if all goes according to plan, in just three weeks, Funk will spend four minutes beyond the bounds of gravity. “I’ll love every second of it,” Funk said of her flight in a video released by Blue Origin. “I can hardly wait.”


Read the full article on Wally funk here.

Author: Meghan Bartels


Live Updates:

Blue Origin will launch its first crewed mission on its New Shepard rocket July 20 to fly its billionaire founder Jeff Bezos and three other passengers to suborbital space and back. Liftoff is set for 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in West Texas and will launch Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, Mercury 13 and aviation pioneer Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemon. will bring you all the latest updates of Blue Origin’s First Human Flight here.

Authors: Meghan Bartels & Staff



Here’s why Richard Branson’s flight matters—and, yes, it really matters

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M.—Sir Richard Branson basked in the late morning New Mexico sunshine on Sunday. Beaming his white, toothy grin for all to see, the 70-year-old adventurer looked resplendent in his blue flight suit as he stood alongside the pilots, Dave Mackay and co-pilot Mike Masucci, who had just rocketed him above 85 km.

“I have wanted to do this since I was a child,” Branson said. “But honestly, nothing could prepare you for the view of Earth from space.”

If you think Richard Branson’s space flight on Sunday morning was all about the pomp and simply served to feed the ego of a celebrity billionaire, you would not be wrong. Virgin Galactic hired Stephen Colbert to host the livestream, after all. R&B musician Khalid performed onstage following the mission. It was gaudy. It was showtime. It was absolutely a party.

But make no mistake, this flight was also historic.


Read the full article here.

Author: Eric Berger

Image Credit: PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

NASA Space Grant Alumni Highlight – Emily Calandrelli

West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, alumna, Emily Calandrelli, is doing amazing things in the world of STEM Engagement!

TV science star Emily Calandrelli leads Hoda, Jenna and three kids in a fun science experiment featured in her new Netflix show, “Emily’s Wonder Lab.” She hopes the show will inspire kids and especially young girls to find joy and excitement in science.

Watch the News clip here.

Image Credit: #WVSGC

Been there, done that – Gonzalez-Torres experience guides students to real-world thinking in astronautics

“What if this fails?”

“What if that fails?”

“Astronauts doing a hypothetical spacewalk on the moon have suffered a spacesuit malfunction. You have ten minutes to deploy a lunar rescue module that’s five miles away. Your job is to design a module that will effectively be able to respond and rescue them. How do you plan and design it?”

Those are the words of Tomas Gonzalez-Torres, former NASA mission leader and mission control flight director. He’s now an Department of Aerospace Engineering associate teaching professor. Those words cut to the core of what he teaches as part of the department’s astronautics curriculum and reflect the type of critical thinking that senior students are tasked with.

Read the full article here.


Image Credit: Iowa State University

Author: John Burnett-Larkins

LSU Goes to the Moon

BATON ROUGE, May 4, 2021—Next year, Louisiana State University (LSU) will be the first university in the world to put technology on the Moon. The Tiger Eye 1 research mission is part of a multi-disciplinary university-industry collaboration to make future space travel safer for people and equipment by providing insight into the complex radiation environment in space. LSU’s radiation detection device is now officially on the manifest for the broader IM-1 mission, the first in a series of commercial flights (and the first-ever to land on the Moon) that will bring science and technology to the lunar surface through NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative. This will also be the first time the U.S. lands on the Moon since 1972 and the Apollo program.

Students in five different LSU colleges and schools are leading the charge under the direction of Assistant Professor Jeffery Chancellor in the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, head of its Space Radiation Transport & Applied Nuclear (SpaRTAN) lab. All are undergraduate seniors from Louisiana.

Read the full article.

Image Credit: Eddy Perez/LSU

Author: Elsa Hahne



Scholar-Athlete Abraham Correa-Medina Student’s path to medical school filled with success on the mat and in the classroom

Abraham Correa-Medina (BS biology ’19) describes himself as a first-generation Mexican-American and first-generation college graduate. This fall, he will become a first-generation medical student, on his way to becoming a first-generation physician.

During his three-and-a-half years at AU, Correa-Medina’s achievements spanned academics, lab research, competitive sports, and volunteering. He maintained a 3.82 GPA, competed for AU’s Division I wrestling team and went to the conference championships, received a grant to conduct cancer research in the laboratory of Professor of Biology and Department Chair Katie DeCicco-Skinner, worked as a first responder at a local fire department for nearly four years, tutored high school students through DC’s Latin American Youth Center, and helped build a multi-sports complex for Courts for Kids in Tercera Linea, Paraguay.

Read the full article here.

Author: Patty Housman

Image Credit: American University

Team Falcon takes third in collegiate NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Team Falcon, one of two rover teams competing from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System, has won third place overall in the collegiate division at NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC).

Team Falcon relied on light weight and simplicity when it redesigned a rover from a previous class for the pandemic altered competition. The rover weighed in under 150 pounds, extremely light compared to other rovers in the UAH fleet.

Read the full article on the UAH website.

Image Credit: UAH

Author: Jim Steele

NC Sea & Space Grant Programs Announce New Fellows

North Carolina’s Space Grant and Sea Grant programs are pleased to announce recipients of joint graduate research fellowships for 2021-22: Maya Hoon of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Jessica Richter of East Carolina University.

This fellowship provides support for graduate students researching high-priority needs within North Carolina watersheds, coastal areas and nearshore environments. The graduate students will utilize data from the vast archives and remote-sensing capabilities of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), including data collected from airplanes, unmanned aerial vehicles or unpiloted submersibles or other technologies in their work.

Read the full article on the NCSGC website.

Image Credit: NC Space Grant & NC Sea Grant

Author: Lee Cannon