Space is Closer Than You Think

The mission of the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, or McSGC, is to provide a driving force for aerospace education in the state. That means that members of the consortium help students learn about space-related science and careers. MnSGC projects range from building miniature, weather-balloon-lifted spacecraft with students, to showing grade-schoolers how riding a hovercraft is like maneuvering in space.

Combining the low friction of a homemade hovercraft with propulsion from a fire extinguisher is a little like piloting a spacecraft in microgravity.