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New NASA Online Science Resource Available For Educators And Students

October 26, 2012 Leave a comment

NASA has a new online science resource for teachers and students to help bring Earth, the solar system, and the universe into their schools and homes.

Called NASA Wavelength, the site features hundreds of resources organized by topic and audience level from elementary to college, and out-of-school programs that span the extent of NASA science. Educators at all levels can locate educational resources through information on educational standards, subjects and keywords and other relevant details, such as learning time required to carry out a lesson or an activity, cost of materials and more.

“NASA Wavelength not only lets users find nearly everything they want to know about NASA science, but it also allows them to provide direct feedback to NASA to enhance our products,” said Stephanie Stockman, education lead for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington. “This truly is a living, digital library of resources that will allow educators to find and share the best of NASA science education resources to advance their teaching.”

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NASA Seeks Hosts for Space Station Interactive Education Events

NASA is seeking formal and informal education organizations to host live in-flight interactive conversations between the next generation of explorers and astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Comprehensive proposals are being accepted for missions scheduled between September 2012 and March 2013. The deadline to submit is Friday, June 1, 2012.

During ISS Expeditions 33 and 34, NASA crew members Sunita Williams, Kevin Ford and Thomas Marshburn will participate in 20-minute question-and-answer sessions with students who will learn what it is like to live and work in space. While participants see and hear the crew members live from space, the crew does not see the audience.

U.S. education organizations including school districts, museums, science centers, national and regional education organizations and local, state and federal government agencies are eligible to participate. Organizations may apply individually or work together. NASA provides this opportunity at no charge to the host institution and will work with the organization to plan the event.

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Sounds of Mars & Venus Revealed for 1st Time

In a world first, the sounds of Mars and Venus are revealed as part of a planetarium show in Hampshire this Easter.

Despite many years of space exploration, we have no evidence of the sound of other planets. While most planetary probes have focused on imaging with cameras and radar and a couple have carried microphones, none of them successfully listened to the sound of another world.

Now, a team from the University of Southampton, led by Professor Tim Leighton, has the answer. Using the tools and techniques of physics and mathematics, they created the natural sounds of other worlds, from lightning on Venus to whirlwinds on Mars and ice volcanoes on Saturn’s moon, Titan. In addition to these natural sounds, they have modelled the effects of different atmospheres, pressures and temperatures on the human voice on Mars, Venus and Titan (Saturn’s largest moon). They have developed unique software to transform the sound of a voice on earth to one that’s literally ‘out of this world’.

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International Measure the Moon Night – Dec. 10, 2011

December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

This week’s total lunar eclipse will offer a rare opportunity for students, teachers, and the general public to measure the Moon’s distance and size duplicating the same techniques — with a Digital Age twist — used by Greek astronomers thousands of years ago.

On the night of December 10, The Classroom Astronomer (TCA) magazine will coordinate worldwide observations of the Moon’s position in the sky and its passage through the Earth’s shadow. (See Note 1 for regions of eclipse visibility.) These are key techniques — both now and in antiquity — for measuring the Moon’s diameter and distance from the Earth. The actual measuring methods are called the Shadow Method and the Lunar Parallax Method. TCA has created the website MeasureTheMoon.Org as a place for teachers — classroom and informal — students, and interested members of the general public to get information on how to measure the distance of the Moon (see Resources below).

The Shadow Method uses the transit of the Moon through Earth’s central shadow, the umbra. The angular size of the cross section made visible by the shadow on the Moon’s face is directly related to a unique distance. This was first accomplished by astronomers thousands of years ago, though they assumed a cylindrical shadow instead of the conical one we know it is today.

The Lunar Parallax Method uses a technique familiar to the ancient Greeks, triangulation, but which could not be done then because they could not communicate with observers far from Greece. Two observers today, thousands of miles apart, communicating via the Internet or telephone, can snap photos of the Moon at the same instant. They would see the Moon in front of different star fields, an angular shift directly related to the Moon’s distance and the distance between the observers.

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Astronomy Education Review Celebrates 10th Anniversary

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Astronomy Education Review (AER), the online journal of astronomy and space-science education published by the American Astronomical Society (AAS), celebrated 10 years of promoting science literacy last week.

Editor-in-Chief Thomas Hockey credits AER’s success to the wisdom of the founding editors. “Andrew Fraknoi and Sidney Wolff saw astronomy educators laboring in splendid isolation and decided that a research journal would unite the field,” he says. “They were right.” AER now publishes the overwhelming majority of peer-reviewed research papers about astronomy teaching and learning, by authors from around the world.

AER supports the science-literacy goals of the National Research Council’s “New Worlds, New Horizons” decadal survey, which concluded that “a more rigorous program of assessment is needed of outcomes and efficacy across the entire spectrum of astronomical education.” It also contributes to the America COMPETES Act’s goal to develop a scientifically literate workforce for the 21st century.

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NASA Accepting Applications For Aeronautics Scholarships

September 2, 2011 Leave a comment

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is accepting scholarship applications from graduate and undergraduate students for the 2012 academic year. The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2012.

Graduate students must apply under a specific research topic to align with NASA’s aeronautics research programs. The list of available topics is posted online.

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Science Magazine Honors Universe Awareness Program

August 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Universe Awareness, a program endorsed by the IAU that uses astronomy to inspire and educate very young children around the world, has been recognized for its educational value by Science Magazine.

Universe Awareness (UNAWE) is the recipient of the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) award, introduced by Science Magazine as a means to showcase the best educational resources that are available on the internet and bring them to a wider audience.

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