Local professor granted $500,000 from NASA

Professor to study craters

Local professor granted $500,000 from...

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) - A grant from NASA today is giving a local professor the chance to conduct a special study.

Winona State University planetary geologist Jennifer Anderson was granted nearly $500,000 from the Space Administration. With the grant, Anderson will be able to study 'impact craters' like those circular features on the moon's surface.

The grant also gives Anderson the ability to hire several students to work with her on creating model craters at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

"These types of experiences are things that we all hope we can give our students, and it's harder and harder to do it the way funding is. So the thing that really excites me, one of the things that really excites me about this grant is that I have a lot of money in here that's focused on hiring undergrads to work on this stuff with me, bringing them down to Houston so they can see what the lab is and be in there and run it,” said Anderson.

Anderson has applied for the grant four times in the last 15 years but was denied until this year.

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