An internship program offered by NASA’s Planetary Data System’s Small Bodies Subnode hosted at the Planetary Science Institute is making archived scientific information more accessible to researchers and the public.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for NASA scientists to connect with the youth of the nation,” said PSI Research Scientist Eric Palmer, who heads the intern program.
Two Pima Community College (PCC) students kicked off the program, working to improve the access to the data archive, said PSI Senior Scientist Beatrice Mueller, co-investigator on the program.
“This internship will benefit us by improving our archive web sites, which will help our users,” Mueller said. “It will be beneficial for the students to provide them with technical skills they might otherwise not be able to acquire, and will prepare them better for the job market.”
“PCC students will expand their knowledge of opportunities available in high-tech areas and experience the challenges in dealing with ‘big data,’ ” she said.
Palmer said, “We want this next generation to feel the same thrill of exploration that we do, and we hope that this program motivates more students in that way.”
Above, Interns Nathan Berg and Ki Huang, seated from left, discuss their work on NASA’s Planetary Data System’s Small Bodies Subnode project with PSI's Eric Palmer and Beatrice Mueller.