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2023 NC Space Symposium

Exploring the Unknown:
From Earth to Space

2023 Symposium Poster

About the Symposium

Welcome to the 2023 NC Space Symposium! This year’s event will take place Friday, April 21, 2023 at the Jane S. McKimmon Center on the NC State University campus in Raleigh, NC

The NC Space Symposium is a celebration of student research and features exciting talks and presentations from NASA and space industry professionals, plus current and past fellows and scholars. 

Julie Williams-Byrd, chief technologist at NASA Langley Research Center, will open the Symposium with a presentation about her career spanning across multiple disciplines at NASA and STEM opportunities for young folks.

The keynote presentation will be given by Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA Artemis Launch Director, about her STEM journey and role in the Artemis missions.

Our thanks to the sponsors of the 2023 NC Space Symposium for supporting this event!

Symposium Updates


NC Space Grant looks forward to you attending the 2023 NC Space Symposium on Friday, April 21, at the McKimmon Center on NC State’s campus.

For logistics, including information on location, parking, accessibility and hotels, please visit the link below.

Seats are filled for the 2023 NC Space Symposium, and registration is now closed. There will be no on-site registration.

A full Moon is in view from Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 14, 2022. The Artemis I Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft, atop the mobile launcher, are being prepared for a wet dress rehearsal to practice timelines and procedures for launch. The first in an increasingly complex series of missions, Artemis I will test SLS and Orion as an integrated system prior to crewed flights to the Moon. Through Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface, paving the way for a long-term lunar presence and using the Moon as a steppingstone on the way to Mars.

Agenda at a Glance

Welcome and Plenary Talk8:30 – 9:10am
Session I: Space Science9:10 – 10:10am
Break10:10 – 10:20am
Student Poster Session I10:20 – 11:05am
Break11:05 – 11:15am
Session II: Space Technology11:15am – 12:15pm
Luncheon | Keynote Address12:15 – 1:30pm
Break1:30 – 1:45pm
Session III: Future Flight1:45 – 2:55pm
Break2:55 – 3:05pm
Student Poster Session II3:05 – 3:50pm
Break3:50 – 4:00pm
Panel: Careers in Space4:00 – 4:55pm
Closing Remarks4:55 – 5:00pm