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NH Space Grant Consortium Celebrates 20 Years

By David Sims, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
June 8, 2011

Former NASA astronaut Jeff Hoffman gave the keynote speech at last week's 20th anniversary celebration of he New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium held at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space.
All photos by Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services.

Thursday, June 2, was proclaimed New Hampshire Space Grant Day by Governor John Lynch to mark the 20th anniversary  of the New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium (NHSGC). The NASA-sponsored program, which is comprised of nine statewide affiliates, is dedicated to improving education and public awareness of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, particularly as related to our nation's space program.

At a celebration at the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), keynote speaker former NASA astronaut Jeff Hoffman talked about the future of human spaceflight and the increased role private industry will have in that enterprise going forward. Hoffman, who is the current director of the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium and a professor at MIT, helped repair the Hubble Space Telescope from the Space Shuttle Endeavor, which had landed earlier in the day ending its 20-year career as the replacement for Challenger.

Diane Detroye, who manages NASA's nationwide Space Grant program, also spoke to those gathered and praised New Hampshire Space Grant as "one of our exemplary programs out of the 52, not only because of the programs they develop that target and benefit the state but because of David Bartlett's leadership." Bartlett, the founding director of NH Space Grant and associate director of EOS, retires from both positions at the end of this month.

Dylan Landry (left), student project leader from John Stark Regional High School in Weare, and teacher Mark Kibler, project coordinator from the Weare Middle School, demonstrate an ARLISS Team New Hampshire project at the NH Space Grant celebration. ARLISS (A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites) is an international competition of CanSat – a can-sized miniature satellite system. Photo: Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services
Left to right, NASA astronaut Jeff Hoffman, UNH president Mark Huddleston, NH Space Grant Director David Bartlett, and UNH space scientist Eberhard Möbius, UNH principal investigator on NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer mission.
3D glasses were needed to get the full effect of many of the research posters and presentations on display at the NHSGC celebration.
Intern Michael Jefferson of Elizabeth City State University explains research he has conducted on Greenland outlet glaciers as part of UNH's Research and Discover program to Ph.D. students Mimi Szeto (center) and Elizabeth Burakowski.

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