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Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) held its annual summit Oct. 13 and 14 in Corbin, highlighting some of Morehead State's accomplishments in space systems engineering.  

The 2021 SOAR Summit focused specifically on the issues and challenges facing the Appalachian region. Drawing more than 1,000 attendees, participants included residents and businesses, elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and other change agents across Appalachia.

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Morehead State is joining the largest and most sensitive scientific telecommunications system in the world as its 21-meter tracking antenna becomes a NASA Deep Space Network (DSN) affiliate.  

Officials from NASA visited MSU's Space Science Center Thursday, Aug. 12, to conduct an operational readiness review for the antenna. The MSU site will be the first non-NASA Deep Space Network affiliated node.   

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The Morehead State University team that built NASA's Lunar IceCube satellite safely delivered the spacecraft to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a launch expected later this year on NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) Artemis I rocket. 

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Lunar IceCube, a small satellite built at Morehead State University's Space Science Center, has passed environmental testing at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, putting the device one step closer to the moon.  

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A 12-meter tracking antenna, transferred to Morehead State University (MSU) by the NASA Deep Space Network at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), will serve as satellite tracking station for low Earth orbiting (LEO) satellite mission support and as a training facility for space systems engineering, astrophysics and astronomy students, allowing them to gain experience in space mission operations.

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Dr. Dirk Grupe, associate professor of astrophysics and space science and Morehead State, recently used NASA’s NuSTAR telescope to detect a flare from one of the most massive black holes known.  

Grupe made the observation along with his colleague, Stephanie Komossa at the Max Plank Institute of Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany. Grupe’s students at MSU assisted with the project by analyzing the data collected by Grupe and Kmossa.  

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A team of five Morehead State space system engineering students and engineers from TU Delft, a university in the Netherlands are finalists in a NASA competition.  

The Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competitions fuel innovation for aerospace systems concepts, analogs and technology prototyping by bridging gaps through university engagement.

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Astrophysicist Shanil Virani has been named as the new director of Morehead State's Star Theater and as an instructor of space systems engineering. 

Virani previously worked as director of the John C. Wells Planetarium at James Madison University. He spent more than five years at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as part of the science team of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. He said he's excited to use the Star Theater to motivate more young people to get interested in science. 

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MSU senior Luke Hoard from Crestwood had the opportunity to apply what he learned on campus in the real world this summer through an internship at NASA.

Hoard, a space science major, served as a Space Communications and Navigations (SCaN) intern at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked on preliminary payload hardware selection and design for a constellation mission involving CubeSats. Also, he worked on modeling and simulations of several experiments that will be conducted aboard the CubeSats.

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A new exhibit highlighting Morehead State’s space system engineering programs is now on display at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky in Lexington.

The exhibit features a model of the Lunar IceCube satellite which was designed, built and tested by teams of students at MSU. The satellite will launch as part of NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (Next STEP).

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Dr. Koroush Jenab, assistant professor of engineering and technology management at MSU, recently presented “Embedded Reliability in Design Thinking Concept for Aerospace,” at the NASA Academy of Aerospace Quality 2018 Workshop in the NASA Safety Center at the Ohio Aerospace Institute on Sept. 7. 

His presentation reported a methodology to implement reliability analysis in design thinking (DT) which is an appropriate process for complex problems in Aerospace.

Space Science is Disney World for MSU Graduate Student

Sep 3, 2018
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Kennedy Haught took the first step towards her dream of working with NASA after giving up an in-state scholarship to go anywhere in West Virginia, for the Space Science Program at Morehead State University.

Haught knew she would not be happy unless she pursued a career in the field after she attended a camp where she immersed herself in celestial objects with like-minded peers.

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Morehead State University welcomed 23 girls to campus July 6-14 for SpaceTrek, an annual residential summer camp that encourages young women to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The camp was open to girls entering their sophomore year of high school with interests in space science and engineering. It is a collaborative effort between MSU's Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, the MSU Space Science Center and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). 

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For the second consecutive year, two students from MSU's Space Systems Engineering (SSE) graduate program exhibited the Lunar IceCube at NASA's Technology on the Hill event, which was held May 9, in Washington, D.C. 

Kennedy Haught of Kenova, West Virginia, and Sarah Wilczewsk of Cleveland, Ohio, presented the satellite before 350 event attendees and eight members of Congress.

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Morehead State University’s Space Science Center was voted number one in two aerospace categories in "The Best of the Aerospace Industry in the American South.”

The Space Science Center ranked first in The Best Aerospace R&D in Kentucky and Kentucky's Best Colleges for Aerospace Worker Training. The rankings appear in the current issue of Southern Business and Development magazine.

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Morehead State University’s Star Theater will feature several of its most popular live programs in February.

The programs will start Friday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. with "Sunstruck," followed by "Hypnotica laser program" at 7 p.m. and "Electrolaze laser program" at 8 p.m.

Programs will continue on Saturday, Feb. 17, with afternoon showings of "One World, One Sky" and "They Might Be Giants" at 1 p.m., "Night Sky Tour" at 2:15 p.m., and "Cosmic Colors" at 3:30 p.m. 

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U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers has announced that Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr., acting administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will join him and Dr. Jay Morgan, Morehead State University president, on Wednesday, Sept. 20, to visit MSU's Space Science program and learn about the growing aerospace industry in Morehead and across Eastern Kentucky.

Lightfoot and Rogers will address students, local leaders and the general public at noon at the Morehead Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.

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Morehead State University’s Star Theater will host special presentations of the program “Totality,” Aug. 14 through 18.

"Totality" is a fascinating look at all the wonders of eclipses, especially total solar eclipses.

The 25-minute program, produced by Bays Mountain Planetarium, examines what eclipses are, how and when they occur and what wonderful sights they create. It also looks back to a fascinating period in scientific discovery when general relativity was proven with the photographic recording of a total solar eclipse.

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Author and retired astronaut Don Thomas will present a lecture on Wednesday, July 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Morehead State University Space Science Center.

Following the talk, Thomas will host a book signing in the Space Science Center lobby from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Thomas is taking part in Go For Launch!, a four-day program that uses space exploration as a platform to launch student engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), while encouraging development of teamwork, communication and leadership skills.

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The annual aerospace industry day “IF Aerospace” was hosted by Morehead State University and the Innovation Network at the Morehead Conference Center on Wednesday, April 19. 

The idea behind the event is to bring aerospace companies in Kentucky together with state government and with research centers and universities to discuss the future of the aerospace industry in the Commonwealth.  Aerospace is the number one economic driver in the state, surpassing $10.8 billion in 2016.

Aerospace Science is Kentucky's Leading Export

May 18, 2015

The director of Morehead State University’s Space Science Center says Kentucky is poised to become an even bigger player in the aerospace industry.

Dr. Ben Malphrus says it is now the Commonwealth’s number one export at nearly eight-billion dollars. He says that puts Kentucky third in the whole country.

Malphrus says eastern Kentucky has built an educational pipeline to train people for careers in the field. He says so-called “nano-satellites” are becoming a key component of commerce and national defense.             

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Nearly 30 new jobs are coming to Rowan County thanks to Morehead State University’s Space Science Center.

Rajant Corporation says it will invest nearly 800-thousand dollars in a project with MSU to create wireless networks in space that have commercial and military applications.       

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was in Morehead on Monday (March 30) to make the announcement.

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Highlands Museum and Discovery Center Director Carol Allen says the second phase of a new space science exhibit at the Ashland facility will be completed next week.

She says the floor is being painted and NASA materials will be hung on the walls to prepare the area for the educational workshops it will soon be hosting for middle and high school students.       

Allen says Dr. Eric Thomas of Morehead State University’s Space Science Center has designed the workshops around a “Mystery Planet” theme.

Morehead State University's Earth and Space Science Program is one of the most respected in the nation. It gives students hands-on opportunities and internships as undergraduates to prepare them for their chosen careers.

Morehead State University will be the recipient of the 2014 Kentucky Aerospace Achievement Award. Presentation of the award for the Space Science Center will occur at a formal banquet on Nov. 1 in Lexington at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky.

The Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame in Lexington provides this recognition to outstanding aerospace organizations in the Commonwealth.

Four other honorees will be inducted into the hall of fame. Host of this event is the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, at Blue Grass Airport.

Morehead State University and Ashland Community and Technical College signed an agreement Friday (Oct. 17) to establish a transfer program in Space Science.

Highlands Museum To Offer Space Science Exhibit

Mar 14, 2014
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The Highlands Museum is working with Morehead State University’s Space Science Center to develop a section of the Ashland facility where people can watch MSU’s three satellites orbiting the Earth.

Highlands Director Carol Allen says visitors will be able to sit in front of a monitor and track the satellites in real time. The viewing area, says Allen, will be part of a larger display on space exploration.