NASA’s Artemis Team Returning to the Moon

NASA recently created the Artemis Team, which is a group astronauts from diverse backgrounds that are planning to walk on the Moon in 2024. This mission will involve the first ever woman to walk on the lunar surface and will be focused around scientific objectives. Furthermore, this mission will prepare NASA for their next large […]


Collecting a Sample from the Bennu Asteroid with NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Touch-And-Go (TAG) spacecraft launched on Sept. 8, 2016, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and it plans to return to Earth in 2023 with a surface sample from the asteroid titled “Bennu.” OSIRIS-REx is expected to make contact with on Bennu and it is tasked with gathering 2 ounces of regolith from […]


Minnesota Space Grant Involved in Mars-Themed Pre-College Robotics Competition

In the summer of 2020 a “Minnesota-Modified” Rover Observation and Drone Survey on Mars (MN-ROADS) student challenge was held with multiple middle school groups from the Minneapolis Public School District. Over the course of six weeks student teams worked with teachers and MnSGC higher education teaching assistants to learn how to code mBot robots then […]


MN Space Grant Is Holding a Quadcopter Competition – Sign up this September

** Preamble ** Here is a “doable in the days of COVID-19” student competition you might be interested in. Participants will learn about drones, soldering, microcontroller programming, electronic sensors, and more. If you have questions, contact Thelma Berquo tberquo@cord.edu at Concordia College – Moorhead. First steps are (1) sign up a faculty adviser no later than the […]


Comet NEOWISE makes its closest approach to Earth

Comet NEOWISE passed closest to the Sun on July 3 and will pass closest to the Earth on July 23. It is the brightest comet visible from Minnesota in over 10 years. It should be easy to spot (under reasonably dark-sky conditions) at least through the duration of July, and probably beyond that, as it […]


Concordia College Organizes a 2020 Collegiate Drone-Building Challenge

On March 27 to March 28, nine teams were scheduled to get together and compete in a drone challenge. This challenge required students to work together to learn how to use CAD software, 3D print parts, and to code and wire microcontrollers to build a remote controlled drone that is tasked with navigating an area […]


Space-X’s Demo-2 Crew Dragon Mission

Space-X is planning on launching their first crewed mission to the International Space Station. Inside of the Crew Dragon capsule, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be launched into space using Space-X’s Falcon 9 rocket, which has be tested extensively over the past couple of years. The Crew Dragon spacecraft can fit seven […]


Apply now for summer 2020 NASA Center internships

NASA Center internships provide training, mentoring, and career development opportunities while working with some of the best science, engineering, financial, information technology, and business minds in the world. At NASA, we explore the extraordinary every day and our work is more than just a profession – it’s a lifelong pursuit and a passion. NASA Center […]


Freshman Seminar on Airships at U of MN – Twin Cities

Freshmen students in AEM 1301: Lighter-Than-Air RC Vehicles built and flew multiple styles of RC blimps, including one rigid airship, during the fall of 2019. The class exhibited some of the vehicles they built in the Balas Atrium of Akerman Hall on Dec. 10. Photo Credits: CSE