ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Antonella Riega, a Rio Rancho resident attending Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, recently finished the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program that included a visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center last month.
She was one of 304 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of the program.
The five-week program culminated at the end of September with a four-day on-site event at Johnson Space Center, where students interacted with NASA engineers and others to learn more about careers in science and engineering, organizers said in a news release.
Students formed teams and established fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team was responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach.
The experience at NASA included a tour of facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts.