NASA gives grant to five universities for space station research opportunities
New Delhi : The US-based space agency NASA has chosen five universities for grants to provide students with opportunities to design research experiments that will be conducted on the International Space Station.
The selected universities will be given a grant of USD 100,000 through NASA EPSCoR. The selected universities are:
• University of Delaware, Newark
• University of Idaho, Moscow
• Montana State University, Bozeman
• University of Nebraska, Omaha
• New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
"Each of these projects has the potential to contribute to critical innovations in human spaceflight on the International Space Station and beyond," said NASA EPSCoR Project Manager Jeppie Compton. "We’re very impressed with the ideas put forward in these investigation concepts and look forward to seeing how these technologies perform."
The initiative is also important as the investigations funded by EPSCoR may help in developing a long-term presence at the Moon in preparation for missions to Mars. NASA is planning to send first woman to the Moon via its Artemis I mission
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EPSCoR aims to build lasting research infrastructure in traditionally underfunded jurisdictions by establishing partnerships among NASA research missions, academic institutions, and industry. The program allows NASA to fund investigations critical to its mission while providing outside institutions direct access to space.