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The ANGLes Challenge is still one month out from the regional challenges celebrating the 50th Aniiversary of the landing of Apollo 11 but the program contnues to generate a lot of pressure and a good social media following.

 

 

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The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) has a new online resource available for the Moon’s south pole (www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/lunar-south-pole-atlas/). Given NASA’s recent direction to implement Space Policy Directive-1 landing astronauts at the south pole by 2024, the LPI has compiled a series of maps, images, and illustrations designed to provide context and reference for those interested in exploring this area.

Institutions planning Apollo 50th / Moon 2 Mars events for July may find...

June 6, 2019 – Webinar #2: How Cool is the Eclipse? Collect Data with GLOBE

GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) and the NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC) joined forces for the second webinar (in Spanish) to prepare GLOBE teachers and students to make observations during the upcoming total eclipse in South America. GME PI Dr. Kevin Czajkowski illustrated the correct way to collect surface temperature data and used a data sheet developed by GME research assistant, Sara Mierzwiak,...

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On July 2, 2019, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the Pacific Ocean and make landfall in Chile. The Exploratorium will have a team waiting at the Cerro Tololo Observatory to capture this event live and make it available via satellite or the web. One hour English and Spanish language programs begin at 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT. Telescipe only feed of entire eclipse begins at 12:00pm PDT, 3:00pm EDT. Totality begins at 1:38pm PDT, 4:38pm EDT. Feed information:

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All are welcome to join the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, a project led by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments team, for a free webinar on June 18  at 3pm EST about climate dynamics. Randal Koster will discuss “Soil Moisture in the Climate System” and Andy Lacis will discuss “Atmospheric Radiation.” The lecture series is designed to aid students, teachers and...

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•~250 library professionals were trained in NASA space science content and resources in collaboration with 7 state libraries (RI, TN, WY, KY, AK, NV, OH)

•This effort is part of the SMD Science Activation program and the STAR Library Network-Collaborative Summer Library Program partnership.

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NASA Space Science Education Constorium (NSSEC) attended the Maker Faire Bay Area from May 17-19, 2019, along with over 125,000 other attendees that specialize in makerspaces and education technology.

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GME-UT participated in The Lake Erie Water Festival on May 21, 2019 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Motherhouse in Monroe, MI. This annual event educates 6th grade students from Monroe County Schools about environmental issues.

GME-UT  along with two high school students from Meadow Montessori (Lily & Meca) manned Station #9. Students collected water samples from different locations of a nearby pond and measured the temperature, transparency, pH and phosphorus. The groups shared their...

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431 science teachers from 42 states, D.C, and US Virgin Islands were excited join the Infiniscope Digital Teaching Network. Teachers were recruited during Hyperwall talks and demos held within the NASA booth at NSTA in St. Louis, Missouri from April 11-14, 2019.

Teachers were surveyed to determine how they typically make data-driven decisions in the classroom. In talking with these science teachers, they were enthusiastic about Infiniscope because it offers STEM-focused activities that...

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On May 22, 2019, scientists and public engagement professionals from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division and Office of Communications shared NASA planetary science with 1,500 students and teachers at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, MD. Students discovered how to tell the difference between a meteorite and an Earth rock, explored the crustal magnetic field of Mars, suggested potential future lunar landing sites for NASA, and constructed their own NASA rocket...

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AEROKATS in Puerto Rico

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  • On May 18th, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) talked to participants at the Prince George’s Philharmonic performance.
  • The evening’s featured work was Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • GSFC SSED provided two exhibits which greeted audience members as they arrived:
    • Moon & Mars
      • Mars crustal...

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The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies is recruiting a STEM teacher to participate in the NASA GISS Summer Internship Program as an Associate Researcher in a research project titled: New Horizons in Space Additive Manufacturing and STEM Education.

The STEM teacher selected for this position will be part of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Summer Internship program and will lead all activities as defined by their mentor while leading research teams, participate in and...

Are you a scientist planning to submit a JWST proposal in Cycle 1? Are you interested in serving your community as a local JWST expert during proposal-planning season (Jan-Apr 2020)? Then please consider applying to the JWST Master Class.

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) will host approximately 25 participants for a 4.5-day, in-depth Master Class in Baltimore, MD on November 18-22, 2019. The Master Class will include topics related to James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) proposal...

NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) attended the MLA/DLA annual conference May 1-3, 2019 in Cambridge, MD.

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Death Valley’s unique landscape and dark skies help us glimpse and better understand the wonders beyond our world. The Death Valley Dark Sky Festival celebrates these resources and the rich heritage of NASA science and engineering research conducted in the park. The 2019 event drew about 2,500 visitors, with positive reports from visitors, scientists, and rangers involved. The event is a collaboration of NASA, the National Park Service, the Death Valley Natural HIstory Association, and many...

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Please join us for the next MAVEN webinar on June 26, 7pm EDT/ 6 CDT/ 5 MDT/ 4 pm PDT. All are welcome to attend these public webinars.

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Webinars

Getting Cozy with Mars: MAVEN’s Aerobraking Campaign

The MAVEN spacecraft has successfully completed an aerobraking campaign, lowering the highest altitude of the satellite’s orbit to better transmit data from present and future Martian rovers and landers, while continuing its observations of the Martian atmosphere....

The AREN Project at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in St. Louis, MO.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
3:00PM – 5:00PM Eastern Time (New York City, NY, United States)

  • The Importance of Understanding the Last Glacial Maximum for Climate Change by Dorothy Peteet
  • Chemistry–Climate Interactions in a Changing Environment: Wildfire in the West and the US Warming Hole by Loretta J. Mickley

Please register for the webinar at the following link:
https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/8d28b198f1cf5c9f7c24e00bf0acd2b8
After registering, you will receive...

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  • On May 4, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in the Planet Walk event on the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail.
  • Walkers, runners, and bikers had the opportunity to learn about the planets, asteroids, and the Sun at activity tables that were stationed along a scale model of the solar system.
  • A 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing astronomy café followed the daytime activities.
    • Two...

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What Greens Up, Must Green Down: Greenings Live from Switzerland.

GLOBE Master Trainer, Markus Eugster, and his students from the Sekundarschule Uzwil in Switzerland have been conducting Greenings (Green-Up and Green-Down) research during their tree investigations. Monitoring the the beginning and ending of the growing season of trees helps scientists track plant growing seasons. One way to track the change is through a Swiss GLOBE program called PhenoCam, a way to use automated cameras...

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Tree Height, Wetlands, and the Invasive Task Force: Live from New York.

Students and teachers from the Mahopac High School in Mahopac, New York have been studying wetlands around their school and local area for years.  They have recently started taking tree height measurements to add the next level of observations to their wetland research. Invasive species, in New York, continue to have an impact on trees. Students from Mahopac High School, personnel from the Cornell Cooperative...

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC): Lessons from a Southern Old-Growth Bottomland Forest: Live from Congaree National Park.

Congaree National Park (www.nps.gov/cong) protects the largest intact remnant of southern old-growth bottomland (floodplain) forest remaining in North America. Similar forests once covered over 35 million acres of river bottoms in the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains and up the Mississippi River Valley. Some of the park’s champion trees are 700 to...

Over 200 Ohio and Michigan students (grades K-16) from 12 schools presented over 100 projects at the GLOBE Mission EARTH SATELLITES Student Conference at The University of Toledo on May 1, 2019. Dr. Kevin Czajkowski and Dean Charlene Gilbert (College of Arts & Letters) handed out the awards with trophies to students per grade level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, including a Peer Choice Award. Research projects were related to the Earth’s environment, the GLOBE Program and NASA.

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  • On April 26–28, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in Awesome Con (Washington, D.C.’s version of Comic-Con).
  • Dawn Myers of the Restore-L mission lead the NASA GSFC booth while Staci Tiedeken was lead coordinator for the Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) portion.
  • 2019 GSFC SSED panels:
    • Small Steps and Giant Leaps: The Past, Present, and Future of NASA’s Exploration of the Moon
    • There...

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