For the news media

Members of the media are invited to reach out to our communications coordinator to learn more about our programs.


Chris Wallish, our communications coordinator, is the primary contact for NESSP inquiries.

Chris Wallish

Recent news releases

  • Top teams in NASA-sponsored challenge make their own Mars landing February 18, 2021 - As NASA and space enthusiasts around the world prepare for the Perseverance rover’s landing on Mars this week, seven student teams from across the U.S. have achieved their own impressive mission success — in ROADS on Mars, the 2019–2020 NASA National Student Challenge. The Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP), the program behind the ROADS student challenges, is excited to announce the following four teams that achieved top prizes:
  • UW-based group launches national challenge to recreate first moon landing — with drones and Lego robots January 30, 2019 - On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission landed the first two people on the surface of the moon. NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong took the first steps and famously proclaimed: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” This July will mark the 50th anniversary of that landmark event. The University of Washington’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline is calling on the next generation of astronauts and aeronautical engineers to recreate the historic event using modern technology.