NASA launched the Micro-G-Next Engineering Challenge which involved universities from all over the U.S. to take on real engineering projects that solved problems in micro gravity.

Thank you to everyone who helped out with this project. It was an amazing experience! Be sure to check out the first test video at Here is the first test of the I.R.I.S. core sampling tool done at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) during the Micro-g NExT Challenge Test Week 3.

Marc Magarin was part of the Los Medanos College Engineering Tech team as the Design and Manufacturing Lead for the project. As a team, they designed and built a modular, simple, and effective core sampling tool for use in micro gravity. Using special FLEX-IRIS technology, the tool is able to effectively capture and contain a sample of loose material.

After testing the tool in NASA's NBL (Neutral Buoyancy Lab) in Houston, TX, engineers called the team back for more testing at the NASA NEEMO Station off the coast of Florida. The only project in the Micro-G-Next program's history to receive such an honor.