New findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. These darkish streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. They darken and appear to flow down steep slopes during warm seasons, and then fade in cooler seasons. They appear in several locations on Mars when temperatures are above minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 23 Celsius), and disappear at colder times.“Our quest on Mars has been to ‘follow the water,’ in our search for life in the universe, and now we have convincing science that validates what we’ve long suspected,” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This is a significant development, as it appears to confirm that water — albeit briny — is flowing today on the surface of Mars. (more…)
Summer Opportunity at UCSD: The NASA-sponsored California Space Grant Consortium is looking for 8-10 students to work on Space Grant projects Summer 2015 on the UC San Diego campus.
NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is doing its part to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Last week, it hosted six northern California community and technical college faculty members to enhance their preparation in these subjects by giving them real experiences of NASA’s space exploration technologies. Teachers toured Ames research facilities and laboratories, where they listened to scientists and engineers talk about their work and NASA’s missions. (more…)
What do you need to bring, and how do you minimize the need for delivery of future supplies in order to establish a sustained human presence on a planet 140 million miles away from Earth?
NASA is embarking on an ambitious journey to Mars and Tuesday announced a challenge inviting the public to write down their ideas, in detail, for developing the elements of space pioneering necessary to establish a continuous human presence on the Red Planet. This could include shelter, food, water, breathable air, communication, exercise, social interactions and medicine, but participants are encouraged to consider innovative and creative elements beyond these examples. (more…)
The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce our Undergraduate Engineering Seminar Series, designed to introduce undergraduate students to funded research opportunities, internships and important information about careers in Engineering. Our next seminar in the series promises to provide students with valuable information as they pursue an education in Science and Engineering.
Upcoming Seminar will be Wednesday, April 22 4PM-5PM
Speaker: Saura Naderi, Career Development Specialist, Qualcomm Incorporated
Where: UC San Diego’s Jacobs Hall, Rm. 2512, Henry G. Booker Room
The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce the 2015 solicitation for the “MESA Community College Laboratory Research Experience”.
Target Audience of Solicitation:
Proposals are due on Friday, May 1st. Click here for solicitation.
The California Space Grant Consortium (CaSGC) is pleased to announce it has won an award in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program Competitive Opportunity for Partnerships with Community Colleges and Technical Schools.
Over the next two years the CaSGC will be working with 12 California community colleges to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) preparation and provide a bridge opportunity for 300 community college students to study STEM fields at the university level. (more…)
University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering announces the 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE.) This REU program allows students completing their Sophomore or Junior year the opportunity to spend summer break working alongside USC’s world-class faculty on cutting-edge research in engineering and computer science. (more…)