Daniel Toth

Danny graduated in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics and a minor in Astrophysics. Originally from St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Danny was a member of the stratospheric ballooning team from the summer of 2016 until he graduated. As part of the ballooning team, Danny worked on active balloon altitude control, flight […]


UMN Ballooning Team Returns From Total Eclipse

The UMN Ballooning Team attaching sensors and video equipment. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities Stratospheric Ballooning Team has returned from Indiana where they were flying balloon-borne experiments during the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. The UMN Ballooning Team was part of the “video-streaming” side (also known as  the “engineering” side) of the […]


Dr. Carl M. Sack

Dr. Carl M. Sack is the Geographic Information Systems Program Coordinator at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Dr. Sack teaches GIS and Remote Sensing courses and supervises student research internships with NASA and other agencies. His current project work includes semi-automated habitat mapping in the St. Louis River Estuary on Lake Superior and […]


Minnesota Space Grant Recruiting Summer 2024 Interns

NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium Summer 2024 Internships Positions open until filled or the end of April,whichever comes first. Applicants must be full-time students attending a college or university in Minnesota and must be United States citizens. “Student” in this context means “in school in spring 2024 and still in school in fall 2024” (at […]


Augsburg’s Sverdrup Lectures set for April 15-16

Sverdrup Visiting ScientistDr. Bala Chaudhary “Continent-Scale Aerial Dispersal of Fungi” Monday, April 15, 2024, 5 p.m. Augsburg University Hagfors 150 “Strategies for Anti-Racist Action in STEM” Convocation Lecture Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 11 a.m. Augsburg University Hoversten Chapel   “Continent-Scale Aerial Dispersal of Fungi” Mondy, April 15, 2024, 5 p.m. Dispersal is a key process […]


Sawyer Mitchell

I graduated in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University. I am from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and have since moved to Houston, Texas, for work. I worked for a summer in 2016 as a member of the high-altitude ballooning team. My work with the ballooning team provided […]


Dr. David Forliti

Dr. David Forliti is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Forliti’s research program focuses on propulsion-related fluid mechanics including flow instability, turbulent shear flows, and multiphase flows. One area of particular emphasis is on the flow-acoustic wave interactions which drive combustion instabilities in propulsion and energy […]


Eclipse Watch Parties on April 8

August 2017 Total Eclipse. Eclipse Watch Party April 8, 2024 12:45–2:30 p.m. • Akerman Hall Balas Atrium University of Minnesota 110 Union Street SE Minneapolis The Akerman Hall watch party will include observing through telescopes and solar glasses, weather permitting. The event will also feature live video-streams from NEBP balloons and from NASA sites, even […]


Research and Internships presented at NASA 2024 Student Symposium

The NASA Minnesota Space Grant 2024 Student Symposium on February 24 featured 11 student talks, 14 student posters, plus the finals of an intercollegiate challenge and several exhibits by student groups who have worked on Space Grant projects in the past year. Presentations for in-person attendees were held in Hagfors Center at Augsburg University. Remote […]


NASA Student Symposium Set for February 24

NASA’S Minnesota Space Grant Consortium Student Symposium Saturday, February 24, 2024 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hagfor Center Augsburg University Minneapolis Campus 700 21st Avenue South Attend in-person or on-line Sessions Include: Student presentations on research, competitions, and other projects Talks by students who have done internships at NASA Centers Keynote: “The Juno Mission at […]


Chasing the Moon’s Shadow

On Wednesday, October 11, 2023, after packing all of the essential equipment, the University of Minnesota’s Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project (NEBP) team, all-undergraduates (plus Professor Flaten!), set off for New Mexico to study an annular solar eclipse from stratospheric ballooning platforms. Annular eclipse team (left to right): Jesse, Dr. James Flaten, Jasmine, Jess, Ashton, Alex, […]


February 9 “Night Songs” Concert Projecting Celestial Images

N i g h t   )   S o n g s Under Stunning Projections of the Night Sky Friday, February 9th, 2024 7:30 pm University Church of Hope 601 13th Avenue SE Dinkytown Minneapolis An evening of music and poetry featuring the choirs of University Lutheran Church of Hope, Grace University Lutheran Church, […]


Leech Lake Tribal College Rocket Team Wins Two Awards

Minnesota Space Grant congratulates the Leech Lake Tribal College Rocket Team for receiving the Altitude Award and the Judge’s Award in last spring’s First Nations Launch Competition! The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium sponsored the 14th Annual First Nations Launch Competition. More than 119 students participated in the program, representing 21 colleges and universities from eleven […]


U of MN – Twin Cities: Eclipse Ballooning Trip to New Mexico. Oct. 11-16, 2023

On October 11, 2023, after packing all of the essential equipment, the University of Minnesota’s NEBP (Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project) all-undergraduate team (plus Prof. Flaten) set off for New Mexico, a 2-day, nearly-20-hour drive! Once we arrived in New Mexico, we scoped out the area and visited our potential launch and ground station sites. Through […]


University of Minnesota Ballooning Team to present eclipse trip results at AEM Open House on October 26

Eight students on the University of Minnesota Eclipse Ballooning Team, plus Professor Flaten, flew two stratospheric balloons above New Mexico during the annular eclipse on October 14, 2023, as part of NASA’s Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Program. The UMN team will exhibit their hardware and show results, including cool 360-degree video footage. Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics […]


U of MN Ballooning Team Travels to Study Annular Eclipse

The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Eclipse Ballooning Team travels to New Mexico to fly 360-cameras and sensors on weather balloon flights during the annular solar eclipse on October 14, 2023. Monitor their live-steam (only while the eclipse is in progress) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_LriuMdA-M.


Competition Announcement: Unique NASA Opportunity to Design, Build, and Launch High-Power Rockets

The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC), working with the Tripoli Minnesota High-Power Rocketry Club, hereby announces the 2023-2024 Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocketry Competition. The fly-off will be held in Minnesota, but this competition is open to college and university student teams from across the nation during the 2023-2024 academic year. This competition is an […]


NASA Selects St. Catherine’s Balloon Team for National Eclipse Project

A team from St. Catherine University has received a grant from the Montana Space Consortium to participate in the National Eclipse Ballooning Project (NEBP). Through the NEBP, teams of high school and college students from across the country will conduct research during upcoming solar eclipses in 2023 and 2024 by sending weather balloons into the […]


Launch Rockets with the University of Minnesota Duluth Rocketry Team

Launch rockets and take a hands-on look at the safety, engineering, and thrill of rocketry. The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldog Rocketry team will be joining the Northern Expressions Arts Collective for this event. It is open to the public and there will be hands-on and team activities for the whole family — including launching […]


Winners Announced for the Space Grant 2022-2023 Midwest High-Power Rocketry Competition

The Space Grant 2023 Midwest High-Power Rocketry Competition was held on May 13-14, 2023. High-power rocketry teams from four states gathered to do team presentations then a fly-off for the “Precision Landing Challenge.” Congratulations to all participants! Here are the “Peer Voting” winners: Coolest Looking (renamed Hottest Looking) Rocket Milwaukee School of Engineering Best Rocket […]


UMN Twin Cities to be Pod Lead for NASA Eclipse Project

NASA has selected the University of Minnesota Twin Cities to be a pod lead for the Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project (NEBP). As a pod lead, the UMN-TC ballooning team will be central to training teams from other states to engineer the video streaming side of the project. Three other schools in Minnesota were also selected […]


Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Lectures April 10 and 11 at Augsburg University

“Membranes of Hungry Yeast are Tiny, Living Thermostats” Monday, April 10, 2023 • 5:00 pm Augsburg University, Hagfors 150 During the process of making bread and beer, yeast cells eventually run out of sugar to eat. They react by segregating certain lipids and proteins in one of their membranes. Under the microscope, this membrane appears […]


The 2023 MnSGC Student Symposium held April 1

The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium held a day-long Student Symposium on Saturday, April 1, 2023. This symposium featured NASA-themed oral and poster presentations by over two dozen MnSGC students. There were also mid-day exhibits, talks by students who have done internships at NASA Centers, and a keynote about MnSGC project developing CubeSat miniature satellites to […]


Minnesota West College wins “Plant The Moon Challenge” award

The Bluejay Team from Minnesota West Community & Technical College won the “Best In Show Award: Evaluation of Results” in the Undergraduate and Professional Category in the Fall 2022 “Plant The Moon Challenge.” The Challenge, a program of the Institute of Competition Sciences, is a global science experiment conducted to grow plants in conditions similar […]


MnSGC provides astronomy visuals for “Night Songs” concert

On Friday, February 10, 2023, James Flaten from the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium is providing large-scale projections – mostly of astronomical objects – to accompany a concert of choral and instrumental music and poetry taking place at University Lutheran Church of Hope in Dinkytown. The photo is from a past “Night Songs” event. The evening […]


James Webb Space Telescope

Launched a little more than a year ago, on December 25, 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope is returning dramatic pictures of faraway regions of the universe. With a 21-inch mirror, the Webb Telescope is seven times as powerful as the Hubble Telescope. Its mission is to observe galaxies, exoplanets, and other object in the […]


Artemis Orion Returns From Moon Mission

Splashdown! The Artemis Orion capsule parachuted into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California on time on Sunday, December 11, 2022, at 11:40 am CST / 17:40 UTC. After traveling more than 1.3 million miles in 25 days, the record-breaking Artemis I mission sets the stage for returning astronauts to the Moon. NASA […]


Solar Eclipse Ballooning Intercollegiate Challenge 2022-2023

Announcement of NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) Solar Eclipse Ballooning Intercollegiate Challenge (2022-2023 academic year) [ Sign-ups closed on October 15, 2022. ] NEW: Informational video (17 minutes long)  https://youtu.be/OeJNMLfEfXg The Challenge Propose, then build and test, a stratospheric spacecraft (AKA a “payload”) to study aspect(s) of a solar eclipse, to be test-flown […]


Competition Announcement: Unique NASA Opportunity to Design, Build, and Launch High-Power Rockets

The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium in association with the Tripoli, Minnesota, High-Power Rocketry Club, announces the 2022-2023 Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocketry Competition. The fly-off will be held in Minnesota, but this competition is open to college and university student teams from across the nation during the 2022-2023 academic year. This competition is an opportunity […]


“Universe in the Park” Summer Telescope Observing Program

Universe In The Park The Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics hosted in 2022 another “Universe in the Park,” the second summer telescope observing program after missing 2020 due to Covid-19 concerns. These star-gazing evenings at Minnesota parks and nature centers were presented in association with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Three Rivers Park District, […]


Space Grant Midwest Rocketry Competition Winners Announced

High-power rocketry teams from 11 colleges and universities gathered in Wyoming, Minnesota, on Saturday, May 21, 2022, to deliver oral presentations to a panel of judges. On Sunday, May 22, 2022, the teams flew their “fleets” of rockets at the Tripoli Minnesota Rocketry Club launch field near North Branch, Minnesota. Congratulations to the following “Judged […]


Winners announced for GLEAM Lunar Robotics Intercollegiate Challenge

The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce the top three teams for the 2021-2022 “GLEAM Lunar Robotics” intercollegiate challenge. * First Place * Winona State University Lunar Scouts  * Second Place * Concordia College Moorhead Lunar Robotics Team  * Third Place * Minnesota State University Moorhead The Land Dragons  Congratulations […]


“Physics Lessons From Biology” – Lecture at Augsburg University

The Future is Alive! “Physics Lessons From Biology” Jennifer Ross, Ph.D. Physics Department Chair Syracuse University Zoom Recording from Tuesday, April 12, 2022 Augsburg University Imagine a world where potholes in roads seal themselves like cuts in your skin, your body reports directly to your doctor on pain and medication, and we can explore and […]


In-person exhibits included at the 2022 MnSGC Student Symposium

On Saturday, March 26, 2022, the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium held a statewide Student Symposium at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. In-person attendees gathered at Akerman Hall. Sessions were also streamed on Zoom for remote attendees. This year’s symposium marked the inclusion of in person presentations and exhibits. The first symposium, in March 2021, […]


NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium Student Symposium on March 26, 2022

Saturday, March 26, 2022 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. (in person in Akerman Hall (map) or on-line on Zoom (links in abstract booklet)) The nearest parking (though not the least expensive) is in the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp. NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) presented a free, day-long student symposium for students to share about […]


U of MN’s “Universe in the Park” Summer Telescope Observing Program Restarted After Pandemic Hiatus

The MnSGC helps support “Universe in the Park,” a summer telescope observing program that returned in 2021 after missing Summer 2020 due to concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic. The Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics hosts the star-gazing evenings at Minnesota parks and nature centers in association with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Three Rivers […]


High-Power Rockets are Flying!

High-Power Rocketry (remote) Lessons are now finished, and rockets are flying! Five of the rockets built during this fall’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium High-Power Rocketry (remote) Lessons program were taken to the Tripoli, Minnesota, launch site near North Branch and launched on December 4, 2021. The remaining rockets will be flown in the spring. To […]


Macalaster College First Year Rocketry Class Blasts Off!

 For students enrolled in Professor Tonnis ter Veldhuis course at Macalaster College it literally is all about rocket science. In this physics course the lab is learning how to design, simulate, build, and launch a high-power rocket. The course covers standard material such as Newton’s laws, conservation of energy, linear momentum, angular momentum, oscillations, […]


The 2021-2022 Space Grant (in-the-) Midwest High-Power Rocketry Competition – the “Return to Flight: Fleet Challenge” – has now begun

The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium and Tripoli MN, a local high-power rocketry club, has now announced rules for the 2021-2022 Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocketry Competition. This intercollegiate competition, entitled the “Return to Flight: Fleet Challenge,” should appeal to teams of both new and experienced high-power rocketry students, allowing them to demonstrate their design/build/fly “chops” […]


Minnesota Space Grant offers stratospheric ballooning workshop for GO4ST8 high school physics teachers

James Flaten and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ballooning team, assisted by Erick Agrimson and the St. Catherine University ballooning team, offered a learn-to-do-stratospheric-ballooning workshop for high school physics teachers from GO4ST8. The teachers constructed two payloads containing multiple cameras, stand-alone sensors, and microcontroller-logged sensors suites, then helped launch them on a weather balloon on […]


Minnesota Space Grant announces “GLEAM Lunar Robotics” Intercollegiate Challenge for 2021-2022. (Sign-ups are now closed.) Kick-off at U of MN – Twin Cities on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021.

NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) is pleased to announce the “MnSGC 2021-2022 GLEAM Lunar Robotics Intercollegiate Challenge.” Challenge website: https://m.dept.aem.umn.edu//msgc/MN_Space_Grant_GLEAM_Lunar_Robotics_Challenge_2021_2022/ In this challenge, which will run from October 2021 through March 2022, teams of students will develop small electronic sensor suites which will be carried by miniature radio-controlled surface vehicles to explore an unknown, […]


Free Robotics Workshop for Teachers Offered

Concordia College Graduate and Continuing Studies is offering a free robotics workshop consisting of a 100% virtual NASA-in-the-Classroom professional development activity. The workshop is open to all Minnesota K-12 educators (and, space permitting, education majors). Participants will receive a free Sphero robot and join their class as they learn how to integrate coding into their […]


Quadcopter Challenge Winners Announced

Despite pandemic-related challenges, teams from eight colleges and universities and one high school were able to complete the 2020-2021 Minnesota Space Grant Consortium Exploration-Flying Quadcopter Challenge. Congratulations to all! Judges ranked these teams as the top three: First Place: Minnesota State University Moorhead Second Place: Century College Third Place: Hill-Murray High School Here is a […]