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Gaffey awarded NASA grant

Mike Gaffey, professor, UND Space Studies, has been awarded a 3-year, $497,000 grant from the NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics program for his work on “Asteroid Mineralogical Characterizations and Implications.” Sherry Fieber-Beyer and Vishnu Reddy (now at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson) are co-investigators. This is a continuation of previous funding of $956,600 from this [...]

Paul Hardersen awarded NASA grant to study basaltic asteroids

Paul Hardersen, UND Space Studies, has been awarded a 3-year, $276,000 NASA Planetary Astronomy Program research grant to study basaltic asteroids in the main asteroid belt. Asteroids, the most primitive material from solar system formation (4.5 billion years ago), inform us about the early physical and chemical conditions in the solar system. This work, which [...]

UND space suit image displayed at the Smithsonian

Poster of UND’s famous astronaut outfit is part of Smithsonian’s ‘Suited for Space’ exhibit UND’s NDX-1 ― a planetary exploration, or “space” suit ― has made it to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, one of the world’s largest and most frequented museums. The UND display is part of Smithsonian’s “Suited for Space” exhibit, which opened [...]

Space Studies earns NASA-Johnson Space Center appreciation award

Award recognizes the department’s contributions to space research, scholarship, teaching, and public service The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Johnson Space Center has announced that it will present the University of North Dakota Department of Space Studies with a distinguished service award at a special ceremony this week. Space Studies is part of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace [...]

UND, NASA, others collaborate on UAS software test

UND-developed sense-and-avoid software to be tested aboard a NASA Cirrus SR-22 UND is hosting this week a series of flight tests on software developed by CEM faculty and students in collaboration with the MITRE Corp., NASA Langley Research Center and Draper Laboratory. The software is loaded aboard a specially equipped NASA airplane—a specially modified Cirrus [...]

Students, faculty check out NASA’s Ames Research Center

Visit aims to foster UND collaboration with NASA scientists Three UND students, along with Space Studies faculty member Pablo de León, recently visited National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Ames Research Center in California to foster collaborations between UND and NASA scientists, using technology developed at UND with NASA funding. Space Studies chair Santhosh Seelan [...]

Space Grant Consortium newsletter is available online

The most recent issue of “The Aurora,” the annual newsletter of the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC), is available online at Sponsored by NASA, the NDSGC is part of a nation-wide network of consortia and it provides support for STEM education through research and public outreach efforts for kindergarten through doctoral students in North [...]

Former astronaut will lecture Jan. 25

Former NASA Astronaut Mario Runco Jr. will give a lecture titled “Observations of Planet Earth From Low Earth Orbit” at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in 210 Clifford Hall. The event is sponsored by the Department of Space Studies. Runco joined NASA in 1987 and remained on active duty as a NASA astronaut until 1994. [...]

North Dakota EPSCoR program receives NASA award to invest in research

The North Dakota NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program has been awarded $375,000 from NASA for its Research Infrastructure Development (RID) project proposal submitted back in July 2012. In addition to the award from NASA, the North Dakota State Legislature matched funding to the project. These funds will be used for NASA [...]

Space Studies and Space Grant Consortium hold balloon competition

Space Studies students and the NASA North Dakota Space Grant Consortium are holding the second annual Near-Space Balloon Competition. As part of the competition, groups of 3-20 students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to submit proposals for scientific payloads that could be carried into near space. Students have until Wednesday, Dec. 5, to submit proposals. [...]

Alum, NASA researcher to star in online education forum on polar research Oct. 17

UND alumna and NASA researcher Christy Hansen will be featured live on the Internet as part of Earth Science Week (Oct. 14-20) on her own “Google+ Hideout” interactive Web forum at noon CDT, Wednesday, Oct. 17. Hansen, who received her master’s degree in space studies from UND in 1999, will be taking part in the [...]

UND, NASA and MITRE Corp. successfully test new UAS technology

A joint team of government, a not-for-profit research and development organization and academia recently completed two weeks of flight testing “sense and avoid” technology that could some day help unmanned aircraft better integrate into the national air transportation system. The MITRE Corporation and UND developed automatic sense and avoid computer software algorithms that were uploaded [...]

UND and NASA celebrate 40 years of LANDSAT – the pioneer to Google Maps

If you’ve used Google Maps, you’re not far from Landsat, the granddaddy of all Earth-observing satellites that changed the way we view the home planet. NASA and the Interior Department this week marked the 40th anniversary of the Landsat program. The first Landsat satellite was launched July 23, 1972, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in [...]

UND engineered space suit goes international

UND has made big waves globally with its planetary exploration system, dubbed NDX. With funding sources that include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, the NDX system includes a space suit and wheeled rover. The NDX-2 suit will be connected to the rover by means of a [...]

Space scientist helps NASA probe solar system history

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) presented the new analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta using data from the agency’s Dawn spacecraft. The May 10 news conference panel comprised scientists involved in the Dawn project, including UND Space Studies faculty member Vishnu Reddy, well-known for his research on asteroids and his discovery of an [...]

Space scientist to participate in NASA news conference on major asteroid research

NASA will host a news conference at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10, to present a new analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta using data from the agency’s Dawn spacecraft. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s web site. The panelists are scientists involved in the Dawn project; the [...]

UND research jet on NASA mission in Canada

Anyone who’s grown up on the northern plains will tell you straight—winters up here are long, dark and cold. And usually snowy. But not this year. The 2011-2012 snow season has so far been a lot warmer than expected with a lot less snow. This year’s dramatic change from “normal” underscores how tough it is [...]

UND scientists win NASA research awards

Two UND scientists are among a select group of researchers nationwide to receive recently announced National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research grants. Both of the proposals from UND–one including a collaborative project with North Dakota State University–were named among the top seven of the 27 awards announced by NASA and were selected for three year [...]

Empire Arts Center to showcase fabulous images of Earth from space

“Earth As Art Three,” an exhibition of stunning images from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Landsat satellites, will showcase a whole new perspective on our home planet. The exhibit takes place at the Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks, Monday, June 20 through Friday, July 15; it also will be open Saturday, July 16 [...]