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SAVE THE DATE: Spaceport Frontiers Lecture October 20

September 25th, 2016 by David Alexander

The next in this season’s Frontiers Lecture series will be Mr. Chirag Parikh, former Director of Space Policy at the White House, now Director of Source Strategies Office at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Lecture will be held in McMurty Auditorium, Duncan Hall Rice University at 7:00pm with a reception immediately preceding.

Details to follow soon.

September 15th, 2016 by David Alexander

spacesuitliveWatch live tomorrow as our friends at MD Anderson and NASA unveil a flight suit hand painted in collaboration with patients, families, and staff at MD Anderson Cancer Center.   Astronaut Kate Rubins will showcase the spacesuit live from the International Space Station.

You can watch the event live at 2:55pm Houston time on NASA tv: www.nasa.gov/ntv.

NASA Deputy Administrator meets with Rice Students

September 15th, 2016 by David Alexander

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On her recent visit to Rice, NASA Deputy Administrator, Dava Newman met with some Rice students prior to her standing-room only talk.

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF17) – Fall 2017 Release

September 13th, 2016 by David Daniels

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released a solicitation, titled NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) – Fall 2017, on September 8, 2016. The solicitation is available by visiting this link.

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future. This call for graduate student fellowship applications solicits applications from individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master’s (e.g., M.S.) or doctoral (e.g., Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities.

Click to view more details about this solicitation...

Selected applicants will perform research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers. In addition to his or her faculty advisor, each Fellow will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged researcher who will serve as the student’s research collaborator.

This solicitation has two phases:

  • Phase A is the application submission by the student. All Phase A applications must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES and are due by 6 PM ET on November 3, 2016. Detailed submission instructions for applicants are provided under "Other Documents" on the NSPIRES webpage associated with the NSTRF17 solicitation. Potential student applicants are urged to access the NSPIRES electronic proposal system well in advance of the proposal due date to register with NSPIRES, familiarize themselves with its structure, and to enter the requested information.
  • Phase B is the application submission by the university where the selected student will be enrolled for the fall 2017 term as a full-time graduate student (as specified in the NSTRF17 solicitation).

Awards are planned to coincide with the start of the 2017 academic year and are subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to accredited U.S. universities. This solicitation covers only new fellowship applications; renewal applications are handled separately.

Comments and questions may be addressed by e-mail to the Space Technology Research Grants Program Executive, Claudia Meyer (hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov). Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation; anonymity of individuals/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

Rice University Campus Observatory Open House – Fri Sep 9

September 6th, 2016 by David Alexander
Rice University Campus Observatory Open House
Friday Sept. 9 8pm-11pm
Lecture 7:30pm-8pm in BRK 103: Viewing the Moon and Planets this Fall
Host: Dr. P. Hartigan

We should have good views of the Moon, Saturn, and Mars,
weather-permitting. Other celestial objects will be viewed
as time and weather permit. See
for the latest updates regarding scheduling and weather.

New Season of Houston Spaceport Frontier Lectures starts September 7

August 23rd, 2016 by David Alexander

NASA’s Journey to Mars and Beyond

Wednesday, September 7J2M
7:00 pm
McMurtry Auditorium
Reception at 6:30 pm

Dava Newman, Ph.D.
NASA Deputy Administrator

European Science Cafe: Living With a Star

June 2nd, 2016 by David Alexander

Click image for details.  RSVP here.


Technology Collaboration Center talk at AIAA event

April 6th, 2016 by David Alexander


Streaming of Spaceport Lecture

March 30th, 2016 by David Alexander

Thursday night’s Houston Spaceport Lecture by RSI Director, David Alexander, on the Texas Space Landscape will be broadcast live via zoom.  To access the lecture please see details below.

Topic: Space Frontiers
Time: Mar 31, 2016 7:00 PM (GMT-5:00) Central Time (US and Canada) 

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/343216655
Or iPhone one-tap:  16465588656,343216655# or 14086380968,343216655#

Or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 343 216 655 
    International numbers available: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=3NSi3Lad2g_5XI6TbpezuohJ7KNXFFgO 

Or a H.323/SIP room system:
    H.323: (US West) or (US East) 
    Meeting ID: 343 216 655

    SIP: 343216655@zoomcrc.com

CORRECTION: Spaceport Frontiers Lecture THIS THURSDAY

March 28th, 2016 by David Alexander

Please see corrected poster for details.  Talk is this Thursday, March 31, in Keck Hall Room 100.