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Planetary scientist Medhi Benna standing next to NASA's Dissipation sounding rocket.

Watch: A recap of UMBC-led NASA Dissipation sounding rocket launch

Planetary scientist Mehdi Benna of UMBC’s Center for Space Sciences and Technology, along with a team of collaborators, recently released a video recounting the launch of NASA’s Dissipation sounding rocket mission.  The Dissipation sounding rocket, which launched from the Poker Flat Research Range in Fairbanks, Alaska in November 2023, carried a suite of six instruments designed to measure how Earth’s upper atmosphere at high altitudes responds to large energy inputs from the sun during auroral storms.  The video recaps how Benna, principal investigator of Dissipation, and his team of scientists and engineers overcame a series of obstacles to successfully launch… Continue Reading Watch: A recap of UMBC-led NASA Dissipation sounding rocket launch

An artist concept drawing of an astronaut landing on the moon during the artemis moon mission.

NASA selects UMBC-led lunar instrument for implementation on Artemis III Moon landing mission

UMBC, along with several institutional partners, have been selected to develop one of the first three lunar instruments chosen for implementation and deployment as part of NASA’s forthcoming Artemis III mission, humanity’s first return to the lunar surface in more than 50 years.  Continue Reading NASA selects UMBC-led lunar instrument for implementation on Artemis III Moon landing mission

An artist's computer generated drawing of the STAR X space craft in space

UMBC partners on STAR-X, a $3M NASA mission concept study through the CRESST II research consortium

UMBC researchers are partnering on STAR-X, a nine-month mission concept study investigating black holes, galaxy clusters, and often-elusive transient cosmic events like supernova explosions. STAR-X is one of two Explorer missions to receive $3 million from NASA for this concept phase, before NASA selects one in 2024 to proceed with implementation, targeted for launch in 2028. Continue Reading UMBC partners on STAR-X, a $3M NASA mission concept study through the CRESST II research consortium

On Thin Ice

As scientists study how the Arctic affects and is affected by climate change, the work of Kurtz and others will fill in a crucial knowledge gap. Continue Reading On Thin Ice

Meet our Newest Alums: Bradley, Snowberger, Jacobs, and Keniston

For many, working at NASA while in school is a dream. Damon Bradley, Ph.D. electrical engineering, worked as the lead computer engineer in the Instrument Electronics Development Branch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He also founded the National Society of Black Engineers (Greenbelt Space Chapter) and the Digital Signal Processing Technology Group at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Now, with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, he will continue his work as Lead Computer Engineer at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. As an undergrad, Sebastian Snowberger, chemical engineering, earned two Undergraduate Research Dissemination Awards to talk about… Continue Reading Meet our Newest Alums: Bradley, Snowberger, Jacobs, and Keniston

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