NASA Confirms That Water Flows On Mars

Garni crater on MarsNew findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. These darkish streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. They darken and appear to flow down steep slopes during warm seasons, and then fade in cooler seasons. They appear in several locations on Mars when temperatures are above minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 23 Celsius), and disappear at colder times.“Our quest on Mars has been to ‘follow the water,’ in our search for life in the universe, and now we have convincing science that validates what we’ve long suspected,” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This is a significant development, as it appears to confirm that water — albeit briny — is flowing today on the surface of Mars. Continue reading

Community College Faculty Tour NASA Ames Research Center

NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is doing its part to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Last week, it hosted six northern California community and technical college faculty members to enhance their preparation in these subjects by giving them real experiences of NASA’s space exploration technologies. Teachers toured Ames research facilities and laboratories, where they listened to scientists and engineers talk about their work and NASA’s missions. Continue reading

NASA Announces Journey to Mars Challenge

What do you need to bring, and how do you minimize the need for delivery of future supplies in order to establish a sustained human presence on a planet 140 million miles away from Earth?

NASA is embarking on an ambitious journey to Mars and Tuesday announced a challenge inviting the public to write down their ideas, in detail, for developing the elements of space pioneering necessary to establish a continuous human presence on the Red Planet. This could include shelter, food, water, breathable air, communication, exercise, social interactions and medicine, but participants are encouraged to consider innovative and creative elements beyond these examples. Continue reading

Undergraduate Engineering Seminar-4/22/15

The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce our Undergraduate Engineering Seminar Series, designed to introduce undergraduate students to funded research opportunities, internships and important information about careers in Engineering. Our next seminar in the series promises to provide students with valuable information as they pursue an education in Science and Engineering.

Upcoming Seminar will be Wednesday, April 22 4PM-5PM

Speaker: Saura Naderi, Career Development Specialist, Qualcomm Incorporated

Where:  UC San Diego’s Jacobs Hall, Rm. 2512, Henry G. Booker Room

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2015 Solicitation for MESA Community College Lab Experience Program

The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce the 2015 solicitation for the “MESA Community College Laboratory Research Experience”.


  • Encourage and prepare students in associate degree programs for advanced Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degrees and careers and
  • Increase participation of underrepresented minorities and females in STEM

Target Audience of Solicitation:

  • California MESA Community College Programs seeking to collaborate with universities
  • California MESA Engineering Programs seeking to collaborate with MESA Community College Programs
  • All California universities seeking to collaborate with MESA Community College Programs

Proposals are due on Friday, May 1st. Click here for solicitation.

New NASA Scholarships–Apply by 3/31/15

NASA has announced three new scholarship and research opportunities for FY 2015:

  • Minority University Research Education Project (MUREP)
  • Aeronautics Scholarship Program–Undergraduate
  • Aeronautics Scholarship Program–Graduate

These are competitive year-long opportunities focused on students in eligible NASA STEM disciplines.

Students Must:

  • Be U.S. Citizens
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or above
  • Be pursuing a STEM discipline (please see below for MUREP and Aeronautics disciplines)


  • Up to $9,000 per student will be paid toward tuition
  • Stipend of $6,000 for summer internship
  • Up to four years funding per student

Due Date for Applications:

  • March 31, 2015

Please click here for the official NASA link and how to apply.

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