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Happy Birthday, NASA, and Thank You For Everything!

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Audrey Grayson

The 55th birthday of our long-time friend, collaborator and supporter, NASA, was a bit sadder than we would have wished for it to be. For all the space enthusiasts out there who rely on the NASA website as a bookmarked cornerstone to your daily list-of-websites-to-visit, you were probably as disappointed as we were to find the following error message when you tried to access the site:

“Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. We sincerely regret this inconvenience.”

NASA, and specifically the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), is vital to many of the research efforts, technological developments, and educational outreach efforts we have undertaken at the UH Cullen College of Engineering. Cullen College students regularly intern with NASA JSC, and many go on to take full-time positions after graduation. Moreover, NASA provides much-needed funding to many student and faculty research projects at the college.

In honor of NASA’s 55 years of operation, and of all that NASA has helped us to accomplish during that time, we highlight some of the research projects, collaborations, outreach efforts and student success stories that could not have been possible without the support and involvement of NASA. Enjoy.

And in the words of Twitter’s “Sarcastic Rover,” we say to you: “You can’t shut down awesome…”

  1. ECE’s Small Satellite Research Lab Receives NASA Funding
  2. Longtime NASA Employee, UH Alumnus Reflects on Time with NASA
  3. Aerodynamic: Aerospace Engineering Grad Student Researches at NASA
  4. NASA Grant Funds Congo River Basin Research
  5. ECE’s Shih Wins Grants from NASA, GoMRI
  6. NASA-Sponsored Student Team Develops Innovative Small Satellite Antenna Designs
  7. Photos, Video: Rehabiltation Robots
  8. Professor’s Crystal Formation Theories to be Tested in Space
  9. Glacier Study Explores Sea Levels, Water Resources
  10. BME Senior Attends Moscow Space Development Program

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