October - November 2020

Congratulations to Georgia students selected as 2020 Space Grant sponsored NASA Interns

GSGC would like to congratulate the twelve 2020 Space Grant sponsored NASA interns from Georgia!
Each semester NASA selects qualified student applicants to participate in mission specific internships with each of the NASA centers. This year, Langley Research Center (LaRC), Johnson Space Center (JSC), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Glenn Research Center (GRC), Ames Research Center (Ames) all hosted interns from Georgia. GSGC would like to congratulate these students on their tremendous accomplishments.
Chackonal, Aditya * Georgia Tech AE Spring LaRC
Duong, Van Georgia Tech ECE Summer JPL
Fariyike, David * Georgia Tech ME Spring JSC
Foster, Ryan * Kennesaw State ME Fall JSC
Kilgore, David Georgia Tech AE Summer LaRC
Lambert, Lauren Georgia Tech Comm Fall MSFC
Littleton, Lacey Georgia Tech AE Summer MSFC
Mysore, Preethi * Georgia Tech AE Fall JSC
Oshinowo, Oluwafikayo * Georgia Tech AE Fall JSC
Osses, Tomas * Georgia Tech ME Spring GRC
Smith-Pierce, Micaiah Georgia Tech AE Summer LaRC
Thrasher, Ava Georgia Tech AE Summer Ames

* nominated by GSGC and sponsored by the National Space Grant Foundation

Interested in being a NASA Center Intern? Spring 2021 application deadline is coming up on November 6, 2020. Apply here.

SAVE THE DATE 10/17/2020
GSGC collaborates with Science Atlanta on Race Through Space app

GSGC has partnered with Science Atlanta in sponsoring Race Through Space – Galaxy Edition which allows a virtual visit to other galaxies.  This fitness experience designed to not only teach you about different celestial bodies but also to give you a sense of their actual distance, where 5 kilometers becomes proportional to 54.8 million light-years.

Get ready to blast off during Science Atlanta's 2nd annual (virtual) Race Through Space 5k! Beginning October 15, runners and walkers can download the free Race Through Space app and participate in an interactive virtual road race spanning 54.8 million light-years. Join hundreds of other run-stronauts on Saturday, October 17 for Virtual Race Through Space Day!

Race Through Space - Galaxy Edition is sponsored by Randstad and produced in partnership with Emory University and the Georgia Space Grant Consortium. Special thanks to GOT Space lead ambassador, Justin Robinson, Astronomy PhD Candidate at affiliate Georgia State University. 

Science Atlanta

Science Atlanta brings people together through the wonder of science. Their mission is to cultivate an equitable community of lifelong learners across metro Atlanta who are connected and inspired by the wonder of science. Science ATL has many amazing program for the science lovers in the Atlanta area ranging from Story Time at the Georgia Aquarium to more adult centered educational activities. 

Please check out their events calendar to see all of their events for October and November.

NASA Moon Pod Essay Contest

Take remote learning a little further  as in 250,000 miles further. NASA collaborated with Future Engineers to create the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest. The contest, open to U.S. students in grades K-12, launched on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and runs through Dec. 17, 2020, challenging participants to imagine leading a one-week expedition to the Moon’s South Pole.

To enter the contest, students must submit their essays by Dec 17, 2020. The essays will be divided into three groups, for judging by grade level: K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Make sure to check out the full list of contest details, including that your essay should be no more than 100 words (grades K-4), 200 words (grades 5-8), or 300 words (grades 9-12).  Students can sign up individually at the contest site or teachers can register their entire class.

Every student who submits an essay will receive an official certificate and be invited to a NASA virtual event featuring an astronaut! Semifinalists will be invited to represent their state or territory in a series of Artemis Explorer sessions with NASA experts. Nine finalists will have the opportunity to travel with a parent to NASA’s Johnson Space Center next summer to learn about lunar exploration. The national winner in each grade division will win a family trip to see the first Artemis flight test, watching the most-powerful rocket in the world launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

2 NASA information sessions in October 
for NASA STEM on Station proposals

STEM on Station, a NASA Office of STEM Engagement activity is currently accepting proposals from United States educational organizations interested in hosting an In-flight Education Downlink. A downlink is a twenty-minute, live video question and answer session between a U.S. educational organization and an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

NASA and its partners have successfully supported humans living on the International Space Station continuously since November 2000. After nearly 20 years of continuous human presence, the space station remains the sole space-based proving ground, preparing NASA for Artemis program missions. Join the celebration of 20 years of continuous human presence on the space station by submitting a proposal to host an In-flight Education Downlink!

STEM on Station is currently accepting proposals for organizations to host a downlink during International Space Station Expedition 65, which run April to October 2021. All interested organizations are required to submit a proposal, the proposal no later than Tuesday, December 1.

We strongly encourage interested organizations to attend an online information session:

Tuesday, October 6 at noon CDT, Information Session #1

(Audio only available by dialing: 1-256-715-9946 with Conference ID: 594 617 970#)


Wednesday, October 28 at 3 p.m. CDT, Information Session #2

(Audio only available by dialing: 1-256-715-9946 with Conference ID: 424 298 514#)

Please email to request proposal forms.

NASA's Commercial Crew Art Contest

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is partnering with private companies to develop new spacecrafts to fly astronauts on NASA missions to the International Space Station. We want kids to have a fun way to learn more about this program, while being creative!

The Commercial Crew Program is holding an artwork contest now through October 28 for children ages four to 12 years old. The winning artwork will be used to create a 2021 calendar, which has a different space-related theme for each month. The themes educate students about the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space, and more! Unique and original first and second place artwork will be selected for each month. The calendar will also include supplemental education materials for kids to learn more about the space-related themes. 

Go to for more information about the competition’s themes, rules, deadlines, and artwork form. Get your parent's permission, of course! After reviewing the NASA contest guidelines, submit your entry here:

Upcoming events for students and educators

Museum of Aviation's 10th GA NASA STEM Educator Conference (virtual)
  • Date: October 17, 2020  
NASA Expedition 64 Launch
  • Date: October 14, 2020
    • Mission: Expedition 64 Launch
      • Description: NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launch aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station. This will be the second spaceflight for Rubins
NASA manned Commercial Crew SpaceX Falcon 9
  • Date: October 31 2020
    • Mission: Commercial Crew SpaceX Falcon 9
      • Description: The Commercial Crew Program takes the next important step in space exploration. The SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-1 launch will mark the beginning of regular flights of astronauts from America to the International Space Station (ISS). This program provides safe and reliable trips to the ISS, allowing for additional research and discovery. Aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon will be NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Soichi Noguchi to the ISS for a full duration mission.

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