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We’re hosting an impromptu webcast for the NASA Make Challenge next Tuesday! Dale Dougherty hosts:

The NASA Make Challenge is an invitation for makers to participate in the exploration of space and give students an opportunity to build an experimental kit that can be flown on a future space flight. These experiments will be based on the CubeSat modules. To help makers think about building kits for space flight, we’ll bring together some experts who have developed and used the Cubesat program.

Makers in Space: Developing Experiments for the NASA Make Challenge
Tuesday April 19th, 11am PT/2pm ET
Watch at or on UStream
Please join us in the UStream chat to interact live with the show.


Becky Stern

Becky Stern is head of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site:



  1. Gregg says:

    And shouldn’t the word be “impromptu”, rather then “imromptu”?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Fixed. Thanks, Gregg.

      1. Gregg says:

        Excellent! I see the correction.

  2. thank you for your help

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have posted notices at,, and and will tweet about this event as well.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Thanks for that, Keith!

    2. Anonymous says:

      I’ll pump up the visibility on Monday between websites, Twitter, and newsletters in front of ~10 – 50K pairs of NASA/space-interested eyeballs.

  4. I still don’t get this. These weather balloons don’t go anywhere near space. 100,000 feet is about 20% of the way.

    1. Gregg says:

      Ever see the film “Destination Moon”? It concerns itself with the notion of why we would want to got to the moon. It starts by showing the normal (then) launches at White Sands of one of the captured V2 rockets. The thing landed by crashing. The motivation now is on us therefore we need to try everything to bring us closer to space.

      1. Again, I don’t get it. They are clearly atmospheric probes. They don’t get anywhere near space.

        1. They get high into the stratosphere, well above all of the weather and blue skies of the troposphere, where the temperature drops to 80 below and the atmospheric pressure is 1/1000 sea level. Which is closer to space.