Daily Archives: October 13, 2008

2009 High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) Call for Applications – Deadline Dec 19, 2008

The Balloon Program Office at NASA Wallops Flight Center has approved a continuation of the HASP student experiment platform for another three years of balloon flights.

The High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) can support up to 12 student payloads (providing power, telemetry and commanding) during a flight to an altitude of 124,000 feet for up to 20 hours. Applications are due December 19, 2008 and selections will be announced by mid-January 2009. Forms are available at the HASP website.

Details about previous HASP flights and the student payloads flown can be found on the Flight Information page of the HASP website at http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp/Flightinfo.html

Details on the payload constraints and interface with HASP can be found on the Participant Info page of the HASP website at http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp/Participantinfo.html

New NASA Videoconferences for Educators 2008-2009

NASA’s Digital Learning Network presents a series of videoconferences to assist educators in staying current on NASA education resources and related products.

During each event, product producers, authors and experts will demonstrate their materials designed to optimize awareness and understanding of science concepts. Instructional objectives, accessing the materials and primary contacts for the materials will also be discussed. During the videoconferences, participants will be able to submit questions to the presenter that will be addressed during the presentation.

The following topics will be covered:

Observing the Moon: Oct. 29, 2008, 4-5 p.m. EST
Almost 40 years ago, humans walked on the moon for the first time. Revisit this history and put students in the driver’s seat with Lunarnautics and Field Trip to the Moon. These featured products will help to inspire students as NASA plans to go back and explore Earth’s satellite.

Student Observation Network: Nov. 19, 2008, 4-5 p.m. EST
Discover answers to some of the questions that excite NASA scientists. Students will learn how to make their own observations and how to compare them with NASA data while discovering cutting-edge science. Join the adventure!

NASA Image Archive: Dec. 17, 2008, 4-5 p.m. EST
Explore the history of NASA through multimedia resources. Learn how to leverage these pieces of history to use in classroom presentations and student projects.

STS-119: Jan. 28, 2009, 4-5 p.m. EST
Space shuttle Discovery is set to launch in mid-February 2009, for the STS-119 mission. Learn how spacesuits have changed since the Mercury program. As technology has developed over time, so has the sophistication of these garments used to protect astronauts on spacewalks. Join NASA’s Johnson Space Center to learn about the history of the spacesuit, its transformations and the resources available to educate students about this important piece of astronaut couture!

Chemistry: What Is Your Cosmic Connection to the Elements?: Feb. 25, 2009, 4-5 p.m. EST
The elements that make up life itself reflect events that take place in the universe. Humankind’s very existence is linked to these elements and their cosmic origin. Join in for discussions of the big bang theory, stars, supernovae, cosmic rays and other topics as participants learn more about the cosmic origin of the elements.

Kepler Mission: March 25, 2009, 4-5 p.m. EST
The Kepler mission will seek evidence for Earth-size planets in orbit around sun-like stars. For the first time NASA will be able to search the galaxy for Earth-size or smaller planets. With this cutting-edge capability, Kepler may help to answer one of the most enduring questions humans have asked throughout history: Are there others like us in the universe?

Meteorology: An Educators Resource Guide for Inquiry-Based Learning: April 29, 2009, 4-5 p.m. EST
Meteorology is one of the oldest observational sciences in human history and perhaps the most relevant to a broad segment of society. Learn how the first early meteorologists used this knowledge for their success and survival. This educator guide covers weather patterns, climate and measurement tools.

NASA Explores Virtual Worlds: May 27, 2009, 4-5 p.m. EST
Virtual immersive environments are increasing in popularity in modern America. Explore the virtual world that NASA education is building in Second Life and learn how to become an active citizen of this world.

For more information about these videoconferences and to sign up online, visit http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/content/webcast/

NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) Mission Scheduled for Launch on October 19, 2008

NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) Mission is scheduled to launch October 19, 2008.  NASA will be webcasting this event live on launch day.  In addition, Adler Planetarium and the IBEX mission will be hosting a webcast for Museum audiences that will be longer, include additional educational interpretation, activities, interviews, Q & A and more.  The Adler webcast will be from 11am-4pm EDT and the main launch event will occur at 1:48pm EDT. There will be two different bandwidth speeds for you to choose from. In addition, you may choose to participate in a live chat/ Twitter commentary during the webcasts. We will also setup an optional pre-webcast support phone call to discuss technical details of connecting your location to the webcast.

While anyone is welcome to join the webcast, we appreciate an RSVP for planning and to keep you up to date with details such as time or date changes, educational materials and time/date of the support phone call.

Please RSVP to ibex@adlerplanetarium.org , include a contact name, email address and shipping address if you would like available handouts to be shipped to your location (please include an estimate of the audience you expect to have so we know how many to send).

Links to the webcasts will be available here:

For information about the IBEX mission visit: http://ibex.swri.edu  or http://www.nasa.gov/ibex

Sun–Earth Day 2009 – Our Sun Yours to Discover

A new website for the 2009 Sun-Earth Day has just launched!

The website introduces a brand new and improved Space Weather Viewer- V3. The Space Weather Viewer has better images, new data and many more videos about the science of the Sun and the Missions that observe the Sun. The first section is the data from the Sun today. Within each section you can click on Details and learn more about the image you are viewing.

The website also features new activities for Educators, including material on the Galileo Project, Space Mathematics, and Exploring Magnetism. Be sure to check out the Make-N-Take activities in the Public Outreach section for many new ideas.

The section for Scientists has many ways to get involved in Education and Public Outreach, click Develop Your Program for more information. Amateur Astronomers will want to take part in the Sun Earth Day 2009 Observing Challenge.

Remember to update your information in the registration section if your mailing information has changed. Free educational packets for this year are being assembled now and will be mailed out in December.

Visit the new 2009 Sun-Earth Day website at http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2009/about/index.php

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