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Coming Soon: NDSGC Eclipse Efforts 2022-2025

More information coming soon!

What: the ND Space Grant Consortium’s participation in the National Eclipse Ballooning Project (NEBP)

Lead Facilitators/Sponsors:

  • NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is providing $6.5 million for these efforts
  • Lead: MTSGC, with other co-lead Space Grants across the country. The NDSGC will also fund ND’s involvement.
  • Check out the website!
  • View the tentative timeline


  • ~70 teams nationwide will launch high altitude balloons during the 2023 annual eclipse and 2024 solar eclipse.
  • There are two tracks: Engineering and Atmospheric Science. The NDSGC will pursue the Atmospheric Science track.
  • Collaborate across the state: we’ll form a multi-institution team with diverse ND learners


  • The NDSGC and the national network are focusing on increasing DEIA efforts as we prepare these eclipse missions. This includes involving more MSIs, early-career faculty, and non-research institution participation.


  • Fall 2022
    • NDSGC will submit a proposal to the national organizers, due October 2022. See CFP here.
    • Recruitment! Team proposals due; Teams selected
  • Spring 2023
    • Students start participating
  • Summer 2023
    • In-person student launches; Regional meetings
  • Fall 2023
    • October 14th launch!
  • Spring 2024
    • April 8th launch!
  • 2024-2025-Beyond
    • Data analysis, conferences, publishing, etc.


  • All majors and experience levels welcome, atmospheric science interest preferred
  • Numerous student roles may include: technical leads (atmospheric science, etc.), communications roles (social media, photography, STEM engagement), event logistics (managing timelines, lodging, travel support, etc.), risk management (safety officer, risk analysis, etc.), and more!

Staff/Faculty Mentors

  • The NDSGC is hoping to provide a faculty/staff stipend for mentors. More info will be forthcoming.
  • Depending on the location of the sub-teams, mentors may need to lead practice launches without the NDSGC core team present (We’ll do our best to hold group-wide practices!)
  • Mentors must be early-career professionals.

Interested in participating?

  • Email Marissa ( to become involved!

Share this opportunity: 


Marissa Saad, PhD

Tori McIntosh

Caitlin Milera, PhD


ND Space Grant High Altitude Balloon Flight Director:

Marissa Saad



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