MSU Native Student Preview Day – Co-hosted and Sponsored by Montana Space Grant Consortium

BOZEMAN – Montana State University will host high school and transfer students from all over Montana at Native Student Preview Day on Monday, Jan. 23. The event is designed to offer Native students a culturally relevant campus visit experience and provide in-depth information about what it’s like to attend MSU.

Kristie Russette, outreach coordinator and recruitment specialist for MSU’s Native American Studies program, said MSU continues to increase resources for Native students as their enrollment grows. Organizers will showcase those resources, including American Indian Hall, which celebrated its grand opening in October 2021.

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Image Credit and Image Description: Montana State University students study and socialize in the American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success Services Center in the American Indian Hall on campus, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Bozeman, Montana. MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

UMaine Space announces new seed grant awardees

The UMaine Space Initiative is pleased to announce recipients of a new seed grant program created to encourage innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations that result in rapid planning, team development, and research coordination in supported topical areas.

UMaine Space administers an Ideas Lab program for the state of Maine, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) Ideas Lab, and UMaine’s Office of Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School.


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Image Description: Three individuals are pictured in astronaut suits. Two suits are orange and the center person is wearing a white suit. Each suit has a NASA patch on the chest and an American flag patch on the shoulder.


Delaware Space Grant – Innovation for the Nation

‘UD Day in DC’ shows federal partners the powerful impact of research

WASHINGTON — Just a few hours after the United States Senate ratified a critical environmental treaty with the potential to slow global warming and accelerate manufacturing in the U.S., two Delaware leaders of that effort — Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons — met with researchers and alumni of the University of Delaware to celebrate the science that makes such progress possible and the Delaware connections that helped make it happen.

The event — UD Day in DC — is designed to demonstrate the impact of federally funded research and is a valuable resource for legislative aides and officers of federal agencies.

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Dr. Morba Jah, former ERAU Space Grant Intern, awarded a MacArthur Fellowship

AUSTIN, Texas — Moriba Jah(link is external), an astrodynamicist, space environmentalist and aerospace engineer at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, often referred to as the “genius grant.” The award recognizes Jah’s work to track and monitor the more than 30,000 human-made objects orbiting the earth.

Jah is one of 25 individuals selected for the five-year fellowship — a no-strings-attached “investment in a person’s originality, insight and potential.”(link is external) Recipients are nominated based on proven talent and extraordinary originality and dedication to their creative pursuits.


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Planetary scientist (and AZ Space Grant Alum!) Dani DellaGiustina makes Popular Science Brilliant 10

The University of Arizona’s Daniella “Dani” DellaGiustina shot for the stars and has already landed among them. Today, the planetary scientist was named one of Popular Science’s Brilliant 10 – an annual list of early-career scientists and engineers who are developing innovative approaches to problems across a range of disciplines.

DellaGiustina is an assistant professor of planetary sciences in the university’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and deputy principal investigator of NASA’s UArizona-led OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. She is also principal investigator of the extended OSIRIS-REx mission, dubbed OSIRIS-APEX, which will visit the near-Earth asteroid Apophis.

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How a NASA-Supported Robotics Program Is Preparing Students for STEM Careers – Hawaii Space Grant Consortium

Hawaii is trying to prepare its K-12 students to fill the massive shortages of jobs in STEM-related fields.

The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, a community educational program supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has partnered with schools across the state to implement robotics in the classroom.

“We’re trying to build this pipeline from K-12 and eventually have the students go on to college to build robotics or satellites, and eventually, hopefully, work at NASA as engineers,” said Adria Fung, robotics engineering education specialist at the consortium, during a session at the 2022 International Society for Technology in Education conference.


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Flying Before Walking: The CU Trailblazers – A Partnership Between NASA, Wisconsin, & Colorado Space Grant Consortia

Test Launch day

“Going in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…” The eight-foot tall rocket stood, motionless.

“… Come on Chungus.” the rocketeer murmured into the microphone.

With an ear-shattering roar, Chungus burst into the sky, 500 hundred feet, 1,000 feet, over 3,000 feet! A speck in the brilliant blue.

The team erupted, screaming wildly as the rocket flew.

“YES!” Reign Pagaran yelled, leaping into the air, held aloft, it seemed, by the joy of this moment. The Trailblazers did it, they flew before they walked.

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DC Space Grant Sponsors NASA International Space Apps Challenge

If you had two days to work with NASA to eliminate barriers of access to space and science opportunities, what would you do?

For nearly 30,000 participants who had this opportunity earlier this month, the sky was the limit. Coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, builders, artists, and technologists across the world came together in person and virtually for the 2022 NASA International Space Apps Challenge. Using NASA’s open-source data, they tackled the challenge of scientific access, using their scientific knowledge, artistic skills, business acumen, and wildest imaginations.

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‘Captures the imagination’: Montana State University gets $6.5 million NASA grant for solar eclipse research

When Angela Des Jardins was a child, she looked through an astronomy book and saw the next total solar eclipse would be in 2017. While she wondered where she’d be, she knew she wanted to see it.

“I had the thought of ‘Oh my gosh, that’s so long from now,’” said Des Jardins, now the director of the Montana Space Grant Consortium and Montana State University physics professor. “And so, from a young age, I had that 2017 eclipse in my mind.”

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Artemis I mission shares spectacular view of Earth after a historic launch

Cape Canaveral, FloridaCNN — 

The historic Artemis I mission took flight in the early hours of Wednesday morning after months of anticipation. The milestone event kicked off a journey that will send an uncrewed spacecraft around the moon, paving the way for NASA to return astronauts to the lunar surface for the first time in half a century.

The Orion spacecraft’s spectacular first views of Earth were shared more than nine hours into the journey, with the vehicle about 57,000 miles away from our planet on its way to the moon.

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