Space Grant Success Stories

Congratulations to 2005 Space Grant Intern, Daniella DellaGiustina!

Congratulations to 2005 Space Grant Intern, Daniella DellaGiustina!

2005 UA/NASA Space Grant Intern Daniella DellaGiustina works as the Lead Image Processing Scientist for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. She holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Arizona, and an M.S. in Computational Physics from the University of Alaska. She got her start at LPL as an undergraduate in the Arizona Space Grant program working with Professor Dante Lauretta to characterize mineral phases in meteorites. Daniella continued to work at LPL with Dante Lauretta and Michael Drake, leading a student experiment on the Phase A Discovery OSIRIS Mission until the end of her undergraduate career. In... Read more

Space Grant ASCEND! Team 20, 21

Space Grant ASCEND! Team

Teams from UA, ASU, ERAU, SMCC, PCC, GCC, EMCC, PC and CAC celebrate the successful launch and recovery of the 20th and 21st AZSGC ASCEND! (BalloonSat) Program on November 21, 2015. Read more

Outreach at Flandrau with UA Fellow Joseph Thomas

Outreach at Flandrau with UA Fellow Joseph Thomas

A new exhibit at Flandrau Planetarium & Science Center, “Puzzles, Proofs and Patterns” features the work of FY 2014 Space Grant Fellow Joseph Thomas.  He created "Geometry in Context," featuring a series of short films used as teaching aids in high school geometry classes. Each film illustrates important concepts from geometry and is accompanied by a collection of in-class activities designed to help connect the mathematical ideas from the films to topics in engineering and the space sciences. Read more

2013 Space Grant Fellow Jason Davis Succeeds as Space News Reporter

2013 Space Grant Fellow Jason Davis Succeeds as Space News Reporter

2013 UA Space Grant Fellow Jason Davis has found great success as a space news reporter. Having started out in the IT field, Jason switched focuses and joined The University of Arizona as a UA Space Grant Fellow to pursue the creation of a space documentary. The documentary, Desert Moon, centered on the Lunar and Planetary Lab and its great contributions to the Apollo moon missions. Today, Jason Davis is a space news reporter with The Planetary Society, where he reports on LightSail, a spacecraft that tests solar sail technology. Read more

How to Make a Meal on the Moon

When Shelley Littin, 2010 UA/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern and 2011 Intern Advisor, graduated from UA in May, 2014, she was quickly hired as a science writer by the iPlant Collaborative. In the current (January-February 2015) issue of Edible Baja Arizona magazine (http://issuu.com/edibleba) Shelley's article "How to Make a Meal on the Moon", describes the UA Lunar Greenhouse team's prototype Lunar Greenhouse (LGH) and bioregenerative life support system development efforts, showcasing the work of  Erica Hernandez (2012 UA Space Grant Intern and 2014 Intern Advisor).  The LGH research, partially funded through a NASA Space Grant/Steckler Space Colonization grant,... Read more

Congratulations to 2012 Space Grant Intern, Jorge Alvarez!

2012 UA Space Grant Intern Jorge Alvarez won first place in the 2014 poster presentation at the 2014 Emerging Researchers national (ERN) Conference! Read more

Former Space Grant Intern, Chris Lewicki, Leads Planetary Resources to First Launch

Planetary Resources, a company headed by 1993 Space Grant Intern, Chris Lewicki, is taking its first steps towards mining asteroids by setting its launch for October 24th. The satellite will take the opportunity to test the company's software and hardware models. The next step will be to launch a larger satellite in 2015 with on-board camera and telescope. Read more

Space Grant ASCEND! Team

Space Grant ASCEND! Team

Teams from UA, ASU, ERAU, SMCC, PCC and GCC celebrate the 16th successful launch and recovery of the AZSGC ASCEND! (BalloonSat) Program on November 23, 2013. Read more

Space Grant Mentor Chris Impey Receives $1M Grant

UA's First Associate Director and Long Time Mentor Chris Impey Receives $1M Grant

Congratulations to Space Grant Mentor, Chris Impey, for receiving a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to support him in improving education for undergraduates. Dr. Impey is the first astronomer and UA professor to receive this prestigious award that will help him explore new ideas and create new initiatives in online education. Read more

Space Grant Managers and Students Attend "Desert Moon" Premier at Flandrau Planetarium and Science Center

Space Grant Managers and Students Attend "Desert Moon" Premier at Flandrau Planetarium and Science Center

A wonderful evening at the premiere of "Desert Moon," created by FY 2013 UA/NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellow Jason Davis, and narrated by retired astronaut Mark Kelly. It was an inspirational and long-overdue opportunity to pay homage to Ewen Whitaker, Robert Strom, and to other renowned UA planetary scientists past and present, who played such key roles (unknown and/or forgotten by many of us) in mankind's race to the moon! And what an honor to share the event with Mark Kelly, Gabrielle Giffords, and so many great friends and colleagues! Thank you and congratulations for a fabulous historical documentary, and... Read more

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