Category Archives: News and Announcements

“Amazing Space” Family Science Night Application for Middle Schools

The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce support for two “Amazing Space” Family Science Night activities at local middle schools. This event is designed to engage and inspire students and their families in space and science and is conducted by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. During this event, participants explore hands-on activities based upon stars, galaxies, constellations, the solar system, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and space travel. The California Space Grant will support up to two middle schools for this activity. Continue reading

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships Announced

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate student researchers to contribute to the goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future.

Fellowships will be awarded as training grants and will be up to $74,000 per year including student stipend and allowances for faculty advisor, visiting technologist, health insurance, tuition & fees.

Eligibility:

  • Pursuing advanced degrees directly related to space technology;
  • U.S. citizens OR permanent resident aliens of the U.S.;
  • Has a bachelor’s degree;
  • Enrolled in a full-time master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. university in fall 2015; and
  • Meets one of the eligibility profiles described in the Table of Eligibility Profiles on Page 6 of the solicitation.

Due Date: November 13, 2014.

Solicitation: Please click here.

NASA Selects U.S. Companies for Astronaut Transport

U.S. astronauts once again will travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts NASA announced Tuesday. The agency unveiled its selection of Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively, with a goal of ending the nation’s sole reliance on Russia in 2017. Continue reading

Student Designed Rockets Compete

With adventure in their hearts and rocket launchers in hand, the recipients of the CaSGC Student Led Rocket Project awards were able to see all of their hard work pay off with several successful launches this year. Teams of students from six colleges and universities received awards for designing a rocket to be entered into a High Power Rocketry national competition in 2014.

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California Space Grant & Partners Complete Three Community College Projects

The California Space Grant Consortium (CaSGC) and its affiliates and partners completed three programs involving Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) community college students in university research, preparing them for careers and advanced degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and increasing diversity and inclusiveness in CaSGC programs. These were held in the spring and summer of 2014 in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County. Click here to learn more.

Cygnus Delivers Supplies to ISS

Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo spacecraft was installed to the Harmony module of the International Space Station with no issues. The Expedition 40 crew will begin unloading approximately 3,300 pounds of science investigations, food and supplies when the hatch between the newly arrived spacecraft and the Harmony module of the space station is opened Thursday. The spacecraft is scheduled to spend about a month attached to the station.
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Student Spaceflight Experiments Lift Off


Students from the Mark West Unified School District were among the lucky teams chosen to send an experiment to the International Space Station. This unique project was part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP.) The California Space Grant Consortium was proud to have been one of the sponsors who helped make this dream a reality for the 5th through 8th grade budding scientists. Continue reading

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover Celebrates One Martian Year

On June 24, 2014 NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover will complete one Martian Year of service, which is the equivalent of 687 Earth days. The primary goal of the mission was accomplished when it determined that Mars was once habitable for simple, microbial life forms. The rover sampled material from two mudstone slabs located on the Red Planet.  Analysis of these samples found that they contained elemental ingredients for life.