University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Space Studies students to host presentation about ‘Resources for Aliens’ April 6

Space Studies graduate students Annie Wargetz and Katrina Jackson will host “Resources for Aliens,” a free interactive presentation at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in 210 Clifford Hall. It's the third and final installment of their Outer Space in the Great Plains series. Free parking is available in the lot just south of Clifford.

Annie Wargetz and Katrina Jackson are graduate students in the Department of Space Studies, part of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

Wargetz and Jackson organized the Outer Space in the Great Plains series as volunteer National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Solar System Ambassadors.

“Resources for Aliens” is an hour-long presentation – free and open to the public – featuring  audience members as alien entrepreneurs looking to set up some sort of business in our neighborhood. Perhaps there is something unique in our solar system they want, or maybe they’re just passing through on their galactic travels and need an outpost to refuel and restock. Audience members will provide suggestions of what they are hoping to find here, and the presenters will discuss possible scenarios and provide background on useful resources.

About the Solar Systems Ambassadors program:

The Solar System Ambassadors Program of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers information and excitement about real missions that explore our solar system. Volunteer ambassadors in communities throughout the country are selected by JPL based on their backgrounds and on their plans for public outreach activities. JPL provides ambassadors with educational materials and training. However, the opinions of Ambassadors are not necessarily those of NASA or JPL. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.

For more information, contact Katrina Jackson at

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