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Jun 7, 2023

Community College High-Altitude Ballooning Teams Fly High in Annual Challenge

Teams from across the state gathered at Catawba Valley Community College in late March to compete in the 2023 NC Space Grant Community College High-Altitude Ballooning Challenge (HABC). Teams received various awards ranging from Highest Altitude to Best Photo. Wake Technical Community College’s high-altitude ballooning team won the Best Overall Team award. 

NASA Artemis Launch Director speaks to NC Space Symposium attendees during keynote presentation about Artemis missions and the future of space exploration.

May 18, 2023

Annual NC Space Symposium Returns In-Person to Celebrate Student Research

On April 21, North Carolina Space Grant hosted its annual NC Space Symposium at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. The Symposium brought together over 200 students and professionals from all over the state of North Carolina to celebrate student research and learn from experts.  

Apr 14, 2023

Meet NASA Langley’s Chief Technologist: A Q&A with Julie Williams-Byrd, Opening Speaker at the NC Space Symposium

Julie Williams-Byrd will open the NC Space Symposium on April 21 with a talk about her extensive career spanning across multiple disciplines at NASA. As chief technologist at the NASA Langley Research Center, she provides leadership for planning, management and evaluation of new technology development. An inspiration and motivator for students, she is also a proponent for STEM education and engagement. NC Space Grant spoke with Williams-Byrd about her role and passion for STEM mentoring. 

Apr 6, 2023

‘It’s America’s Rocket:’ A Q&A with Artemis Launch Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson Ahead of NC Space Symposium

Charlie Blackwell-Thompson is the first woman launch director at NASA. On November 16, 2022, she launched Artemis I, the first in a series of missions bringing human exploration back to the Moon and eventually, Mars. As the keynote speaker for the NC Space Symposium on April 21, Blackwell-Thompson will share her experiences with students. She spoke with NC Space Grant about her STEM journey and her role in the Artemis missions. 

Mar 29, 2023

From North Carolina to NASA: Two NC Space Grant Alumni Share Their Paths to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Jimmy Acevedo and Julie Hoover are NC Space Grant alumni who are now employed at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Read more about how they moved from NC to NASA, and the surprising way that NC Space Grant's High-Altitude Ballooning Challenge jump-started their journey 

Mar 6, 2023

Registration is Now Open for the 2023 NC Space Symposium

The 2023 NC Space Symposium will feature presentations by NASA experts, including the Artemis I launch director, as well as talks by student researchers and industry professionals. Make plans now to join NC Space Grant on Friday, April 21, at the McKimmon Center on NC State’s campus. Registration is now open and available through April 15.  

Jan 9, 2023

Accepting Applications: NC Graduate Fellowship Uses Satellite, Remote-Sensing Technology and Data 

North Carolina’s Space Grant and Sea Grant programs are currently accepting applications for Graduate Research Fellowships for the 2023-2024 academic year. 

Nov 30, 2022

2022-2023 Pre-Service Teachers Education Scholars Announced

These teachers-in-training will gain unique access to NASA education specialists and materials, to help them bring NASA into their future classrooms. 

Nov 18, 2022

Full Circle: Alum Shows Students Cutting-Edge Aerospace

James Ainsworth is a man of many hats, including supporting commercial space launch and aerospace customers. As director of engineering services with Collier Aerospace and HyperX Software, he is equally serious about mentoring a students. 

Nov 10, 2022

Teams Selected for NC Space Grant 2022-23 Team Experience and Competition Award

NC Space Grant is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Team Experience and Competition Awards, which help undergraduate teams participate in STEM competitions.