About The Uwingu Fund

Uwingu’s mission is to create new ways for people to personally connect with space exploration and astronomy. Your contribution can help us get closer to this goal.

Half of your purchases or contributions will go to The Uwingu Fund.

The Uwingu Fund provides grants to scientists, educators, and others around the world to conduct valuable space projects.

Individual researchers, amateur astronomers, educators, colleges, universities and companies are all eligible for Uwingu funding.

So are schools, non-profits, and companies conducting space exploration, research, and education.

We are honored to have already provided over $125,000 in support to:

Astronomers Without Borders is a global astronomy community. Astronomy enthusiasts, educators, and others worldwide come together in programs based on their common interest in astronomy. The Uwingu Fund gave $1,000 to AWB in 2012 and $10,000 in 2014.

The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, educational, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. The Uwingu Fund gave $1,000 to NSS in 2012 and $500 in 2015.

The Galileo Teacher Training Program‘s goal is to create a worldwide network of Galileo Ambassadors and Galileo Teachers. These Ambassadors train Teachers in the effective use and transfer of astronomy education tools and resources into classroom science curricula. The Uwingu Fund gave $1,000 to GTTP in 2012.

Purdue’s Multi-ethnic Training Program has been nationally recognized and replicated to advance engineering learning, discovery, and engagement through outreach, recruitment, and retention of historically underrepresented students in their pursuit to become extraordinary Purdue engineers. The Uwingu Fund gave $1,000 to PMTP in 2012.

The Allen Telescope Array at the SETI Institute (ATA) is a “Large Number of Small Dishes” (LNSD) array designed to be highly effective for simultaneous surveys undertaken for SETI projects (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) at centimeter wavelengths. The Uwingu Fund gave $2,448 to SETI in 2012.

The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) is the recognized authority on light pollution and is the leading organization combating light pollution worldwide. The Uwingu Fund gave $1,500 to IDA in 2013.

University of Wyoming Launch Pad Workshop is a workshop for established writers held in beautiful high-altitude Laramie, Wyoming. Launch Pad aims to provide a “crash course” for the attendees in modern astronomy science through guest lectures, and observation through the University of Wyoming’s professional telescopes. The Uwingu Fund gave $1,500 to Launch Pad in 2013.

Stuart Robbins is a research scientist at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, USA. His doctoral dissertation research was based around creating a vast, global database of craters on the planet Mars which was used to create Uwingu’s Mars Crater map. The Uwingu Fund gave Stuart $18,508 in 2014.

Lu Liu presented a poster entitled, Ground Ice Dynamics at Beacon Valley, Antarctica and its Application to the Potential Persistence of Ground Ice at Gale on MARS at The Eighth International Conference on Mars with the help of a $1,200 travel grant from The Uwingu Fund in 2014.

Brandi Carrier presented a poster entitled, Formation of Perchlorate from Chlorine Species Under Simulated Mars Conditions at the 8th International Conference on Mars with the help of a $1,200 travel grant from The Uwingu Fund in 2014.

Aditya Chopra presented a poster entitled, Can Elemental Abundances Be Used to Identify the Most Likely Site for the Origin of Life? at Origins 2014 – Biennial international conference of ISSOL - the International Astrobiology Society and Bioastronomy (Commission 51 of the International Astronomical Union) with the help of a $1,500 travel grant from The Uwingu Fund in 2014.

Mehmet Yesiltas presented a paper entitled, SYNCHTORTRON-BASED THREE-DIMENSIONAL FTIR SPECTRO-MICROTOMOGRAPHY OF MURCHISON at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society with the help of a $1,500 travel grant from The Uwingu Fund in 2014.

Johanna Teske presented a paper entitled Constraining Hot Jupiter Exoplanet Compositions via Host Star Abundances of Planet-Building Elements at The University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy Characterizing Planetary Systems Across the HR Diagram Scientific Meeting with the help of a $1,500 travel grant from The Uwingu Fund in 2014.

Ellen Harju presented a poster entitled Silicon Condensation in Type 1AB Chondrules at Near Equilibrium Conditions at the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference with the help of a $1,500 travel grant from The Uwingu Fund in 2015.

Jennifer Whitten presented a paper entitled, Lunar cryptomaria: The distribution and composition of ancient volcanic deposits on the Moon at the NASA Exploration Science Forum with the help of a $1,500 travel grant from The Uwingu Fund in 2014.

Ingrid Daubar presented a paper entitled, NEW DATED IMPACTS ON MARS AND THE CURRENT CRATERING RATE at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society with the help of a $1,500 travel grant from The Uwingu Fund in 2014.

Catherine Elder presented a poster entitled, Convection and Melt Migration in Io’s Mantle at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting with the help of a $1,500 travel grant from The Uwingu Fund in 2014.

Jessica Watkins presented a paper entitled, Structurally Controlled Subsurface Fluid Flow as a Mechanism for the Formation of Recurring Slope Lineae at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference with the help of a $1,300 travel grant from The Uwingu Fund in 2014.

Explore Mars advances the cause of sending humans to Mars through concrete programs and projects.  Through programs such as the Humans to Mars Summit, the Mars Affordability Initiative, and Why Mars workshops, they bring space stakeholders, policy makers, and others together to tackle the tough issues that have frequently divided them. The Uwingu Fund gave $10,000 to Explore Mars in 2014 and $7,500 in 2015.

Mars One is a not for profit foundation with the goal of establishing a permanent human settlement on Mars. The Uwingu Fund gave $29,887 to Mars One in 2014 and $6,946 in 2015.

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space at the University of Colorado (CUSEDS) was started in 1980 as a joint venture between Peter Diamandis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Todd Hawley at Princeton University. The group had a simple vision which continues to serve as its underlying guiding principle today: to unite students with enthusiasm for the exploration and eventual development of space. The Uwingu Fund gave $5,000 to CUSEDS in 2014.

American Astronomical Society, Division of Planetary Sciences is the largest special interest Division of the AAS. Members of the DPS study the bodies of our own solar system from planets and moons to comets and asteroids and all other solar system objects and processes. With the discovery that planets exist around other stars, the DPS expanded its scope to include the study of extrasolar planetary systems as well. The Uwingu Fund gave $5,000 to AAS/DPS in 2014.

CosmoQuest‘s goal is to create a community of people bent on together advancing our understanding of the universe; a community of people who are participating in doing science, who can explain why what they do matters, and what questions they are helping to answer. We want to create a community, and here is where we invite all of you to be a part of what we’re doing. The Uwingu Fund gave $1,000 to CosmoQuest in 2014.

Rediscover Pluto – Burdett, Kansas Pluto Putt Putt acknowledges Burdett’s claim to fame – Clyde Tombaugh, Discoverer of Pluto. This nine hole miniature golf course helps people rediscover the wonder of the solar system. The Uwingu Fund gave $1,000 to Rediscover Pluto in 2014.

Parabolic Arc is a blog that gives you want you need to know about the emerging world of commercial space — from Mojave, where much of the future is being built and tested. The Uwingu Fund gave $2,500 to Parabolic Arc in 2015.

Space Foundation provides organization overview, projects, events, grants and prizes of a non-profit organization to advance space exploration, development, use and education. The Uwingu Fund gave $5,000 to Space Foundation in 2015.

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