The House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hosted one of the most exciting hearings in recent times on September 22nd, featuring great thoughts from Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Dr. Maria Zuber, and Dr. Michael Griffin.
It was very exciting to see so many great minds on one panel answering the questions of congress. It was also good to hear so many of those in attendance express the need for goals for future space exploration to help inspire students around the country and around the world. While some of those present disagree on just how it should be accomplished, all of the representatives and guests shared the belief that NASA’s mission to explore space should be strongly supported in future congressional budgeting.
Yesterday, Rick Hanton, the chairman of SEDS-USA sent the letter written to congress last March to Neil Armstrong, first man to set foot on the moon. Neil has been called to testify before congress about the future of NASA and American Space Exploration.
SEDS-USA sought to give Neil a student perspective on our future in space and hopes that he will show support for both long-time NASA contractors as well as new and innovative start-up companies in his testimony tomorrow.
Have a Business Plan for a space product or system that will further the opening of the space frontier?
Then enter the NewSpace Student Business Plan Competition. Make a team of up to five undergraduate or graduate students comprised of all majors from business to engineering. The 5 team finalists will compete at SpaceVision 2011 and pitch their plan to investors like Tom Olson and NewSpace Startup Companies such as Altius Space Machines CEO Jon Goff and many other names in the space industry.
SpaceVision will be held at the Millenium Hotel and Conference Center in Boulder this October 27-30. SpaceVision 2011 will focus on the effect the aerospace industry will have on our futures regarding government policy, entrepreneurship, and sciences. Speakers include Bill Nye, Mark Sirangelo of Sierra Nevada, William Pomerantz of Virgin Galactic, and Robert Richards, one of the co-founders of SEDS. Continue reading “SpaceVision Registration Now Open” »
The SEDS website has a new section in the works, for chapters to share other chapters’ Educational Outreach materials. This will make it easier to run your own events, as you can download slides and instructions for activities that other groups have already used successfully.
Please send any materials you have to email@example.com, and include a brief summary of what the activity was. These materials could be PowerPoint slides, forms, instructions for running a particular event, or just a list of ideas you have for outreach programs. Your materials will be added to the site as they are sent in.
Thank you in advance for helping to facilitate educational outreach within SEDS! We look forward to seeing and sharing what you have created.
Many SEDS-USA students had the lucky opportunity to attend the launch of the final Space Shuttle flight, STS-135 in Florida last week. Among them were students from the University of Arizona, University of Central Florida (UCF), Texas A&M, University at Buffalo, University of Colorado, Iowa State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Many of these students were able to meet up after the launch at the #EndlessBBQ hosted by @flyingjenny and @apacheman. Thanks to all those who came to celebrate the launch and to those students back home who watched on NASA TV.
Remember that there are tons of awesome space and science related sites around the country that you can go visit this summer. Hopefully this map, made by SEDS student Kyle Stevens can once again help you find an interesting adventure. We hope that you may be able to travel and join other SEDS students at the SFF NewSpace conference this summer and/or the last space shuttle launch of STS-135! Continue reading “Lots of Great Places to Visit this Summer!” »
How will emerging low-cost access to space transform both the role of government space agencies and the lives of ordinary citizens?
That is the question asked to participants in the Space Frontier Foundation and SpaceVidCast.com We-Are-Space video competition being run in partnership with SEDS-USA. If you have a great 2-3 minute answer that you can turn into a stellar video, you have a chance to win the $1,000 grand prize! Enter your video by June 7, 2011.
The videos will be judged by a panel consisting of SEDS Executive board members, SFF representatives and other members of the space
community to be announced at a later date. First prize is $1,000.00 provided by the Space Frontier Foundation. For more information, deadlines and the official rules please visit http://wearespace.com. Any questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Make a video and share your view on the future of space with the world. Good luck!
For a brief introduction to the competition, watch the brief video below from Sara Meschberger of SEDS.