Eclipse Across America: Greatest Public Engagement Effort in Modern History

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On August 21, 2017, for the total solar eclipse, student teams across the country sent special balloons 100,000 feet into the atmosphere, to obtain live video from the edge of space, and send it to the NASA website and TV for anyone to watch. In addition, the teams conducted scientific studies of the total solar eclipse. Attendees will hear about project results, see fantastic eclipse footage, and explore future student opportunities and ways to engage the public in science.

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Dr. Angela Des Jardins, a solar physicist, is the Principal Investigator of NASA’s Eclipse Ballooning Project, which engaged 55 student teams from across the country in meaningful science and engineering experiments. Experiments included sending live video from high altitude balloons to the NASA website on eclipse day 2017, garnering tens of millions of content views. Angela is the Director of the Montana Space Grant Consortium and Montana NASA EPSCoR, and is an Assistant Research Professor of Physics at Montana State University. Angela earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from MSU-Bozeman, all in physics.