Please check this page on Friday after 4 p.m. to find out if the observatory will be open.
We tried, but the clouds showed no mercy! The observatory is closed for the night.
The observatory will be open tonight from 6-8 p.m. Dress warmly!
Because of clouds and possible rain, the observatory will not be open tonight.
The observatory will be closed this Friday for the holiday break.
Because of cloudy/rainy weather, the observatory will not be open this week.
Because of cloudy/rainy weather, the observatory will not be open tonight.
Here’s one to mark NASA’s 60th anniversary. Like science fiction, but real:
Also celebrating an anniversary recently, in this case its 20th, was the International Space Station (ISS). A long sequence of Earth from orbit, with some landmarks identified:
As long as we’re on the topic, here’s one more from ISS. An inbound rocket launch:
Hope you enjoy them as much as we did. If you’re curious about the image at the top, click on it to learn more!
RockOn, a workshop at Wallops Flight Facility for sounding rocket payload design, is an exciting chance for teams of students to kickstart payload projects at their home institutions. Participants in the workshop will build a working scientific payload and then see it launch on a real sounding rocket!
MDSGC strongly encourages Maryland teams or individuals to apply for support to participate in RockOn, which is hosted by our colleagues at the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. The 2019 workshop dates will be June 14-21, 2019. Discounted early registration is available until March, but we expect all slots to fill much earlier so don’t delay.
Maryland teams or individuals planning to attend or interested for a future year should contact Matt Collinge for details.
MDSGC invites proposals to support summer 2019 internships and student research projects at Maryland institutions. Prospective mentors (typically, faculty at educational institutions) who have not previously applied for MDSGC funds are especially encouraged to apply.
Projects may be in any STEM area with relevance to NASA’s missions or future workforce needs. Preference will be given to proposals with strong NASA connections, including collaboration with NASA scientists or engineers, research associated with past, present or future NASA missions, and general aerospace or space science relevance. A typical proposal will request support for 1-2 students. This opportunity is primarily intended for undergraduate level students, but applications to support high-school or graduate interns can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For priority consideration, proposals must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 15, 2018. Decisions are expected in late January/early February 2019.
Rules and restrictions:
- Students receiving direct funding through this program must be U.S. citizens.
- Students supported through this program will be required to:
- Present their work at MDSGC symposium in late July/early August 2019
- Complete an exit survey at the end of the project
- Agree to participate in MDSGC longitudinal tracking
- If the program is substantially oversubscribed, MDSGC may limit awards to no more than 2 students per institution.
Required proposal elements:
- Mentor qualifications — Brief description of professional qualifications and past mentorship experience.
- Project description — No more than one page about each project and its relevance to NASA.
- Student recruitment plan — If specific students have already been identified, briefly describe how they were recruited and their qualifications. We especially encourage proposals with recruitment targeted at women and members of underrepresented minorities.
- Student learning goals and timeline — Examples: programming languages, analysis techniques, specialized topical knowledge, intermediate milestones in project completion.
- Mentoring plan/evaluation — How often student and primary mentor will meet; peer mentoring/group participation; what feedback will be provided to the student. Criteria for overall project and student success.
- Deliverables/expected results — Include plan for presenting results and/or incorporating into publications.
- Budget — Preference will be given to proposals that incorporate significant non-federal match (e.g., university, state, corporate, or private funds), including in-kind contributions (e.g., mentor’s contributed time), and for which MDSGC funds are used primarily to support student stipends. Up to $500 may be budgeted, per intern, for materials (if needed; please describe). Please see NASA internship stipend guidelines in the table below. Students supported through this program will also be eligible to apply to MDSGC for travel support to present their work at a meeting within the following calendar year. Funds for such travel may but need not be built into the proposal budget.
NASA Internship Stipend Levels (effective Fall 2018)
Fall and Spring (16 weeks)
Full-time graduate: $14,400
Full-time undergrad: $11,680
Summer (10 weeks)
Full-time graduate: $9,000
Full-time undergrad: $7,300
For any questions, please contact MDSGC Deputy Director Matt Collinge.