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The MSU pace Cowboys Rocket Team (pictured above) was founded in 2006 at Mississippi State University, an affiliate of the NASA/MSSGC. The team participates in the Student Launch Initiative (SLI) each year, beginning in August. The educational project tasks student teams to design, build and test-fly sophisticated, reusable rockets capable of carrying working science payloads to a predicted altitude and returning them safely to Earth. The team recently returned from the 2013-14 NASA SLI where they placed second competing against twenty other universities.
The Mississippi Space Grant Consortium is a statewide network of colleges, universities, industries and public service institutions providing opportunities for Mississippians, especially those from underrepresented groups, to understand and participate in NASA's aeronautics and space programs by supporting and enhancing science, mathematics, engineering and technology education, research, and outreach programs.
Strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs throughout the state.
Enhance aerospace-related research opportunities at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Inspire students, especially those from underrepresented groups, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Improve the state's scientific literacy by providing educators with innovative strategies for teaching math and science.
Serve the general public by supporting programs that contribute to scientific literacy.