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Former GR student helps NASA

Eclipse viewed from a balloon


August 30, 2017

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It was an experience of a life time.

Not only to be part of the 2017 solar eclipse, but to be a member of one of 55 teams selected from NASA to show the solar eclipse live.

Gina Bestgen, a 2008 GRHS graduate, who graduated on May 6, 2017, from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering already put that degree to use by working on NASA's total solar eclipse balloon project.

"Essentially, I applied for a senior design project and got on the solar eclipse group to cover Nebraska," Bestgen said.

Through the course of the project, Bestgen became the depu...

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