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Space Sciences - the NASA connection - at Carthage College, Kenosha, WI

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. They are randomly listed in the blog section of this website. Enjoy!

From the Carthage College website (2023): “CONDUCT RESEARCH FOR NASA: Carthage’s space sciences program is a nationally recognized undergraduate program that provides students with hands-on opportunities in technology development and atmospheric sciences through partnerships with NASA and academic researchers around the world.

“The Microgravity Team study their experiment during their zero-g flight. Opportunities in the space sciences at Carthage include:

On-campus paid research fellowships

Research internships through the NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, headquartered at Carthage

Workshops in space hardware development

Opportunities to support commercial development with commercial aerospace partners

Participating students regularly travel to and work with researchers at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center, and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

“Hear From Students:

“I was really attracted to Carthage for its amazing STEM program and the close relationship with NASA. I am a physics major with a concentration in astrophysics, so their relationship with NASA and other companies who are STEM and physics centered assured me that I would have many awesome opportunities all four years that would prepare me for when I graduate.”---Skylar Farr ‘26

“I had the opportunity of being the project manager of the Rocket Team through Carthage’s relationship with the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. This was such a fun experience and taught me so many new things about rocketry as well as simple things like what it means to be a part of a team!”---Cynthia Medina ?23

“I had the opportunity to accompany one of the experiments I worked on with the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium to Texas to see it launched on a Blue Origin New Shephard rocket! I have worked on the experiment since I first started attending Carthage. Seeing it on the rocket launch was a truly incredible experience that I will never forget.”---Kassia Schraufnagel ’24

“The Carthage space science teams are performing entirely student-led graduate-level research that has taught me so much about project management as well as technical and professional skills.”---Justin Lee Wheeler ’25

“Current projects (2023):

“Microgravity Projects

Carthage students and faculty regularly conduct research aboard NASA’s zero-gravity aircraft, as part of ongoing experiments and technology development for space hardware. An important aspect of space hardware development is understanding how systems and materials behave in the weightless environment of orbit. NASA funding supports parabolic flight research to test hardware in reduced gravity.


CubeSats are small educational satellites launched either to the International Space Station for deployment into orbit from an onboard CubeSat launcher, or directly into space via a commercial or NASA launch vehicle. The Carthage CubeSat team is developing a hyperspectral imaging satellite to study carbon sequestration in equatorial forests.

“Sounding Rockets

A sounding rocket is a suborbital rocket that carries a payload experiment to space for upper atmosphere studies, astronomical imaging above the atmosphere, or microgravity studies. The Carthage RockSat team participates in the Colorado Space Grant Consortium’s RockSat sounding rocket payload development program. Students design and build an experiment to launch aboard a sounding rocket from NASA Wallops Flight Facility.”

Carthage College is one of the colleges featured in my new book (click image for additional information):

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