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10th Annual NASA Space Apps Challenge Winners

The Power Of Ten: Meet The 10 Winners Of NASA's 10th Annual Space Apps Challenge, NASA

"NASA's 10th annual Space Apps Challenge was a global event that brought together innovative ideas from teams across the world. The 2021 Challenge weekend was held Oct. 2-3, 2021 and the global winners were announced on Dec. 10, 2021. The theme for the 2021 Space Apps challenge - the Power of Ten - was selected to celebrate the 10th annual event and highlight the 10 global space agency partners who came together to make this event the most successful challenge to date. The international event featured 28 unique challenges with 28,286 registrants and 4,534 teams from 162 countries around the world. Those staggering statistics emphasize the value of including diversity of thought, points of view, and a wide variety of skills and talents to collectively solve the most challenging problems faced on Earth and in space."

Space For Humanity Announces $1.25 million Matching Campaign

Space For Humanity Announces $1.25 million Matching Campaign to Send More People to Space

"Today, Space For Humanity (S4H), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, announced the launch of a new matching campaign to support the organization's mission to expand access to space for all humanity. A generous donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has pledged $1.25 million to support our "To Space" matching grant campaign.

The funds from this campaign will further support the organization's Humanity Missions, which will sponsor citizen astronauts to visit space and experience the Overview Effect: the cognitive shift in awareness that occurs when looking back at the Earth from space. Space For Humanity has received more than 4,000 applications since the organization's founding (2017) from leaders from every walk of life including over 100 different countries and nations around the world.

"We are incredibly grateful to this donor for their support of our mission," said Rachel Lyons, executive director of Space for Humanity. "Fundraising plays a critical role in our ability to build meaningful programs that will allow us to not only expand access to space for all of humanity but also to ensure future citizen astronauts can use their experience visiting space to make a positive impact here on Earth. We believe now more than ever, the potential of the Overview Effect is vitally important. We are thrilled to have this additional funding to continue our work to ensure as many people can experience space as possible."

NASA's 10th Space Apps Challenge

NASA's 10th Space Apps Challenge Increases Global Participation

To mark the 10th International Space Apps Challenge, the largest annual global hackathon in the world, NASA is collaborating with nine space agency partners to bring the event to even more communities Oct. 2-3, 2021. Each year, NASA's International Space Apps Challenge, or Space Apps, engages thousands of people around the world to work with the agency's open source data in a 48-hour sprint. Since its start in 2012, Space Apps has grown from 25 local events in 17 countries to more than 250 local events in 87 countries and territories. In 2020, the program engaged 26,000 people. Teams of technologists, scientists, designers, entrepreneurs, artists, and others collaborate to answer some of the most pressing challenges on Earth and in space.

The Most Diverse Brooke Owens Fellowship Class Yet

51 Exceptional Students Selected For The Most Diverse Brooke Owens Fellowship Class Yet

"The Brooke Owens Fellowship--a nationally-acclaimed nonprofit program recognizing exceptional undergraduate women and other gender minorities with space and aviation internships, senior mentorship, and a lifelong professional network--announced its newest, most diverse class of Brooke Owens Fellows today.

The Class of 2022 marks the sixth class of "Brookie" Fellows and were selected from the Fellowship's most competitive application year. More than 1,000 promising and talented students applied worldwide, coming from Ivy League universities, major research universities, historically black colleges and universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and major international universities. Fifty-One Fellows were selected through a fair and competitive application process involving written and creative submissions, interviews with the Fellowship's leadership team and its close network, and interviews with 36 leading aerospace employers from across multiple sectors in the US aerospace industry. The Fellows were selected based on their commitment to their communities, stand-out creative abilities, record of leadership, incredible talent, and their desire to pursue a career in aerospace."

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