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Mars Science Laboratory Lands Safely on Mars!

MSL Artist's Rendering, Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech

History was made the night of August 5th with perfect execution of an autonomous landing sequence to bring the Mars Science Laboratory safely to the surface of Mars. After leaving Earth November 26, 2011 and traveling 352 million miles, the Mars Science Laboratory will study whether the Gale Crater area of Mars has evidence of past and present habitable environments. This is part of a broader examination of past and present processes in the Martian atmosphere and on its surface.

It is only through excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) that such a mission could be successfully accomplished. The California Space Grant Consortium works in the STEM fields to engage, inspire, educate, and train the STEM workforce of today and the future.

For more information please visit the NASA JPL Mars Science Laboratory website.

To read President Obama’s statement on the successful landing, please click here.

To read reflections from California Space Grant students attending the JPL Mars Science Laboratory landing party, please click here.

Dr. Sally Ride 1951-2012

The California Space Grant Consortium is saddened with the passing of Dr. Sally K. Ride July 23, 2012, after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Ride was the first American woman in space, with flights as mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983 and 1984. She served as Director of the California Space Institute, a University of California research unit which was the lead organization for the California Space Grant Consortium. While there, she created EarthKAM, a NASA program involving middle school students shooting and analyzing photos of Earth from cameras on board the International Space Station, inspiring students in space sciences, geography, and mathematics. In 2001 Dr. Ride formed Sally Ride Science, an educational outreach organization, to pursue her passion of inspiring and engaging children into Science, Mathematics, and Technology. Through her stellar achievements and grassroots educational outreach efforts, Dr. Ride has served as a role model for women of all ages to pursue their dreams and reach for the stars.

For a timeline of Dr. Ride’s life and career, please click here. For a biography, please click here.

Free Faculty Workshop at NASA Kennedy Space Center: July 19th & 20th, 2012

We are pleased to announce the 2012 Exploration Space Grant Faculty Workshop to be held July 19 & 20 at Kennedy Space Center.

The workshop will cover the newly developed and tested senior design course “Hybrid Rocket Experiment Station for Capstone Design” as well as the NASA Systems Engineering Process, senior design projects, and incorporating the NASA Systems Engineering Process into senior design projects. Continue reading

NASA Calls for Student-Designed Deep Space Habitat Proposals

HOUSTON — NASA is offering college and university students a chance to help design a deep space habitat. The Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge is accepting applications for the 2013 challenge, inviting students to design, manufacture, assemble and test systems for use on NASA’s deep space habitat prototype. Continue reading

Early Career Faculty NASA Space Tech Research Opportunities

WASHINGTON — NASA is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty beginning their independent careers. This inaugural Space Technology Research Opportunities for Early Career Faculty solicitation seeks to sponsor research in specific, high priority technology areas of interest to NASA. Continue reading

10th Annual Jim Arnold Lecture–May 6, 2011

The California Space Grant is co-sponsoring the 10th Annual Jim Arnold Lecture in honor of the founding chairman of the UCSD Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

Date: This Friday, May 6th
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Natural Sciences Building Auditorium (UC San Diego)
Speaker: Dr. Buford Price (UC Berkeley)
Title: Adventures on an Ultrasmall Scale: From Nuclear Tracks in Solids to Microbial Life in Polar Ice

For flyer and abstract, visit the following link: