Monthly Archives: May 2008

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Grand Opening Celebration – June 6, 2008

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Launch
in McMinnville, Oregon
Prepare for LAUNCH!
Friday, June 6, 2008 at 9 a.m.

This once-in-a-lifetime museum launch features a dedication event including Astronauts Gen. Joe Engle, Gen. Tom Stafford and Titan II expert Chuck Rash.

Don’t miss this historic event and be here as the Evergreen Space Museum opens its doors for the first time!

Event Schedule – Friday June 6, 2008
8:30 am Doors open
9:00 am Opening Ceremonies Begin
11:00 am Opening Ceremonies Conclude

Children and Members $10
General Public $20

Tel: 503.434.4023 or E-mail:
or download the reservation form at

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Watch Live Shuttle Discovery Launch Webcast – STS-124 Launch Scheduled for May 31, 2008

Space Shuttle Discovery is set to launch at 5:02 p.m. EST May 31, 2008. As a part of this mission, Discovery will deliver components for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory. You can watch the launch of STS-124 live online at the NASA TV website!

Visit the following website to watch love coverage of the launch and related press conferences. A detailed broadcast schedule is also available.

To learn more about the crew and missions for STS-124, or to check for launch changes, please visit the main NASA Space Shuttle website at

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Watch Space Shuttle Discovery Launch live at OMSI – May 31, 2008

Space Shuttle Discovery Launch
Saturday, May 31, 2008
2:02 pm PDT

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland Oregon will offer space exploration enthusiasts a front row seat to watch NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery STS-124 launch into space Saturday, May 31 at 1:00 p.m. for the 2:02 p.m. PDT launch and flight to the International Space Station. OMSI will be showing the lift-off in the auditorium live via satellite on NASA TV. Admission for the televised launch is free.

Navy Cmdr. Mark E. Kelly will command the STS-124 shuttle mission to deliver the Pressurized Module and robotic arm of the Japanese Experiment Module, known as “Kibo” (hope), to the International Space Station. Navy Cmdr. Kenneth T. Ham will serve as the pilot. Mission specialists will include NASA astronauts Karen L. Nyberg; Air Force Col. Ronald J. Garan Jr.; and Air Force Reserve Col. Michael E. Fossum. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide also will serve as a mission specialist.

The STS-124 mission is the second of three flights that will launch components to complete the Kibo laboratory. The mission will include two spacewalks to install the new lab and its remote manipulator system. The lab’s logistics module, which will have been installed in a temporary location during STS-123, will be attached to the new lab.

For more information about the STS-124 mission, including images and interviews with the crew, visit:

There will be several sighting opportunities over Portland of both the shuttle and ISS during the 14 days scheduled mission. The sighting times can be located at this link:®ion=Oregon
Please note that the shuttle liftoff date and time is subject to change by NASA.

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“Space Science: 50 Years and Counting” Colloquium – June 26, 2008

Join the Space Studies Board for its upcoming colloquium, “Space Science: 50 Years and Counting,” on June 26, 2008, in Washington, D.C. The SSB will be capping its year-long celebration of the 50th anniversaries of the space age, the International Geophysical Year, and the SSB with an all-day colloquium at the National Academy of Sciences.  The colloquium will run from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and will feature two sessions.

The morning session will include retrospective and prospective policy-oriented discussions and will include perspectives from a senior congressional leader, past leaders of the SSB and the Board’s incoming chair.

The afternoon session will include forward-looking assessments of successes, short-falls, opportunities and challenges in the sciences. This session will revolve around a series of town-hall-format interactions between the audience and panelists about applying lessons from the first 50 years of space exploration to hopes and aspirations for the next 50 years in four areas of space research. These areas are astrophysics and space physics, microgravity life and physical sciences, planetary exploration and astrobiology, and Earth sciences.  The day will conclude with a special lecture about exploring space with humans and robots.

For more information about the colloquium, including online registration and a detailed schedule of events, visit

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Naked Science: Mars Waterworld on the National Geographic Channel – May 25, 2008

Naked Science: “Mars Waterworld”
Airs Sunday May 25, 2008 at 9P et/pt on the National Geographic Channel

NASA’s Phoenix Mission lands on Mars to dig for evidence of water. Scientists hope to determine whether Mars was ever wet and warm enough to sustain life. watch a preview of the program at this link:

Join the National Geographic Channel during a live blogging event this Sunday to discuss the historic landing.

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Additional Video Learning Clips Added to NASA Educational Materials Website

The educational video clips listed below have been added to the Videos section of the NASA Educational Materials site. Click on the link below each list of video clips to access the videos online.

Designed for students in grades K-8, these video clips from the “Liftoff to Learning: Geography From Space DVD” take the viewer on a tour of Earth’s surface as seen from space. After explaining how the altitude of the viewer affects the amount of Earth’s surface seen at one time, the video moves into a travelogue about some of the interesting features of Earth’s continents as seen from space.

Titles in this series:
— Africa: A Geographer’s View From Space
— Europe: A Geographer’s View From Space
— Asia: A Geographer’s View From Space
— Australia: A Geographer’s View From Space
— North America: A Geographer’s View From Space
— South America: A Geographer’s View From Space

Targeting students in grades 9-12, these video clips from the “Sea Winds: Catch the Wind — The QuikSCAT Story DVD” tell the story of the QuikSCAT mission that was launched in June 1999. The video clips discuss the mission’s study of tropospheric dynamics, upper-ocean circulation and air-sea interactions.

Titles in this series:
— The Role of Engineering at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
— NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT)
— QuikSCAT: A New Mission Is Born
— QuikSCAT Weather Data Arrives To Scientists

The video clips from the “Liftoff to Learning: Go for EVA DVD” are designed for educators and students in grades 5-8. These clips feature astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis during mission STS-37. They discuss the reasons for wearing spacesuits during spacewalking missions, how spacesuits work, and what kinds of jobs astronauts perform while spacewalking.

Titles in this series:
— ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA): Astronauts Walk in Space
— Environment, Temperature and Space Debris Pose Challenges for Space Walkers
— Earth’s Atmosphere: How Does It Differ From the Atmosphere in Space?
— A Look at the Development of the Spacesuit, From Past to Present
— Weightless Environment Training Facility: Simulating Space Conditions Underwater
— A View of Astronauts Walking In Space

Designed for students in grades 9-12, these video clips from the “Our Home: Earth From Space DVD” engage the audience with satellite imagery, computer graphics and historical footage to make the point that Earth is an interconnected system of air, land, water and life.

Titles in this series:
— The Right Tools: Sensing Earth From Space
— Global Effect of El Niño
— The Influence of Global Warming on Earth’s Systems
— Doing Our Part to Prevent Global Warming
— The Environmental, Economic and Social Impact of Drought
— Lifecycle of a Hurricane
— Linking Earth System Events

Targeting students in grades 5-8, video clips from the “NASA CONNECT™: Data Analysis and Measurement: Having a Solar Blast! DVD” show how NASA engineers and researchers use data analysis and measurement to predict solar storms, anticipate how they will affect Earth, and improve human understanding of the Sun-Earth system.

Titles in this series:
— The Scientific Importance of Studying Solar Flares
— Hands-on Solar Flare Activity
— The Composition of the Sun
— Understanding Sunspots and Flares

The “Liftoff to Learning: Tethered Satellite: A Videotape for Physics and Physical Science DVD” video clips target educators and students in grades 9-12. They describe the tethered satellite concept and show how the satellite is deployed and extended in space. The mathematics describing the forces acting on the tethered satellite/space shuttle orbiter system is also presented. The clips also demonstrate how the tethered satellite and the space shuttle orbiter interact with Earth’s magnetic field to produce an electric current. The segments describe future applications of the tethered satellite/space shuttle orbiter system as a motor.

Titles in this series:
— Gravity and the Tethered Satellite
— Angular Momentum, Inertia and the Tethered Satellite
— Explaining the Coriolis Effect on the Tethered Satellite
— How Tethered Technology Is Used in Scientific Research
— The Center of Mass of an Object: On Land and in Space

Designed for students in grades 5-8, video clips from the “NASA CONNECT™: The Festival of Flight: Opening Space for Next Generation of Explorers DVD” show students performing a hands-on activity to find the optimum ratio of baking soda to a controlled amount of vinegar to power a baking soda and vinegar rocket. The series also explores the concept of gravity and how Newton’s three laws help rockets overcome the force of gravity.

Titles in this series:
— Hands-on Activity in Rocket Building
— Using Math and Science to Plan for the Next Generation of Spacecraft

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NASA Education Communication Strategy Brochure

For the past 15 years, the number of American college students earning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees has continued to decrease. By 2010, it is projected the national demand for STEM employees will rise by 10 percent.

The Education Communication Strategy identifies the steps NASA will take to enhance and increase public understanding and awareness of NASA’s education programs and opportunities. We hope this information will motivate and inspire you to seek opportunities and use the resources available to pursue more knowledge.

In 2008 and beyond, NASA will continue to pursue three major education goals:

  • Strengthening NASA and the nation’s future workforce.
  • Attracting and retaining students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines.
  • Engaging Americans in NASA’s mission.

This Education Communication Strategy Brochure explains how NASA will achieve these goals in formal and informal education venues and from elementary education to higher education.

What Is A Planet? Lesson Plan – Grades 9-12

During the annual meeting of the International Astronomical Union in the summer of 2006, members in attendance approved a newer definition for “planet” and other bodies. In this lesson, students learn about the characteristics of planets, comets, asteroids and trans-Neptunian objects through a classification activity. The students can then apply what they have learned by participating in a formal debate about a solar system object discovered by the New Horizons spacecraft and by defining the term “planet.”

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