Daily Archives: August 27, 2010

Free Tour of the Solar System Webcast for Teachers August 31, 2010

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The Aerospace Education Services Project, or AESP, is presenting a free webcast on Aug. 31, 2010, at 4 p.m. EDT. Teachers of grades 5-8 are invited to take a learning tour of the solar system in this hour-long inquiry-based professional development webcast. The webcast will show teachers how to use NASA missions and curriculum support materials in the classroom. Participants will develop a better understanding about Earth’s neighbors in space and their relationship to Earth.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://neon.psu.edu/31Aug2010/

Desert RATS 2010 Live Webcast Event on Sept 1, 2010

NASA’s Desert RATS, or Research and Technology Studies, will make its 13th trip to the desert this fall for another round of analog testing.

The Desert RATS tests offer a chance for a NASA-led team of engineers, astronauts and scientists from across the country to come together to conduct technology-development research in the Arizona desert. The location offers a good stand in for destinations for future planetary exploration missions.

Desert Rats Space Exploration Vehicle B

Space Exploration Vehicle B, one of the technologies demonstrated in the 2010 Desert RATS field testing. Image credit: James Blair/NASA

This year’s mission includes a variety of activities geared to inspire students to become space explorers and NASA’s future workforce. On Sept. 1, 2010, at 9:45 a.m. PDT, a 30-minute webcast will highlight the upcoming Desert RATS activities as they kick off the two-week testing period. Students can submit questions to be answered live by actual engineers and scientists that created, built and are testing all of the amazing tools, vehicles and technology. Questions for the NASA field test team can be submitted at http://www.arizonadesertrats.com

To learn more about the Desert Rats team and their upcoming mission in Arizona, visit http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/analogs/desert_rats.html

The Desert Rats team will share their field experiences through blogs posted at http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=analogsfieldtesting

Photos from the mission will be posted daily at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasadesertrats/

Follow the mission on Facebook. Click “Like” for Desert RATS on Facebook. This page includes links, photos and comments/discussions from the Desert RATS team, students and interested citizens. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Houston-TX/NASA-Desert-RATS/122098681161930

The Desert RATS team will be tweeting throughout the mission. These brief communications will give a real-time status of the mission activities. http://twitter.com/DESERT_RATS

Check out videos of this year’s mission on the NASAanalogTV site on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/NASAanalogTV

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