In early August, three Gilman Upper School students interning with NASA this summer presented their proposal for a new mission visualization toolkit to agency staff and administrators. The students — Aman Garg '24, Arya Kazemnia '24, and Leo Wang '24 — completed their proposal with two other teammates as part of NASA's highly competitive SCaN Internship Project (SIP). For all of the Gilman students, this was their second summer as SIP interns. One of the team's two project mentors was Elana Resnick, a former Upper School science teacher and certified NASA Educator Ambassador.
As described in the team's presentation, their low-cost mission visualization toolkit is designed to "simulate Earth, the Moon, and generative communications scenarios related to Earth or lunar ground stations and surrounding satellites ... [it] will provide a cheaper, more efficient solution to simulating what-if communications scenarios and trade studies for future Artemis missions."
Sponsored by the SCaN Policy and Strategic Communications (PSC) Office at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., this team of students was part of a cohort of 54 interns based virtually out of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.