Monthly Archives: December 2010


This resource from NASA’s Earth Observatory features background information on aerosols, their effect on the Earth’s climate, images and maps showing the distribution of aerosols worldwide, and information on how aerosols are measured.



Created in conjunction with the Deep Impact/EPOXI missions, this stand-alone activity allows students to examine their concepts of a comet using the scientific method by designing and building a model of a comet from common household items. The activity is aligned with national education standards.

NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2011) – Deadline Feb 1, 2011

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated junior and senior undergraduate and early graduate students to apply for participation in the third NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2011). The program is managed by the National Suborbital Education and Research Center at the University of North Dakota. The program begins June 19, 2011 and concludes July 29, 2011. The purpose of the Student Airborne Research Program is to provide students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. The three research areas include atmospheric chemistry and evapotranspiration from agricultural crops in the California Central Valley and ocean biology along the California coast.

Successful applicants will be awarded a $2,500 stipend for 6 weeks of participation in the program. Full travel and living expenses will also be provided. Selection criteria will include academic performance, evidence of interest in Earth system science and hands-on research, potential for contributing to U.S. future workforce as judged from career plans, diversity, and ability to perform as part of a team. Applications can be found at:

Proposals Accepted for the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program – Deadline Feb 1, 2011

This call for graduate fellowship proposals, entitled NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program – 2011-2010 Academic Year, solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

For more information on the solicitation, visit:

2011 Space Tech Engineering Design Challenge – Deadline June 1, 2011

NASA has invited college students to take part in the 2011 Space Tech Engineering Design Challenge. Students are invited to design a technology that will help further space exploration and development. Designs may relate to autonomous operations; entry, descent and landing; human factors; power/propulsion including for operation in space and on other planetary bodies; or robotics (not related to in-situ lunar samples). Students entering other NASA contests, such as Lunabotics or RASC-ALs, may not submit the same entry or technology that they used for the other contests. All entries must be original and must be the work of students, not faculty or corporate partners.

The contest is open to any full-time student enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution in the United States. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.

A notice of intent is requested as soon as possible. Final entries are due June 1, 2011.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit

2010-2011 NASA Future of Flight Art Contest – Deadline April 15, 2011

NASA’s Future of Flight Art Contest invites students to imagine what spaceships, rockets or aircraft will look like 100 years from now. High school and college students from all areas of study are encouraged to enter. Artists are encouraged to collaborate with science and engineering students. Any full-time student can enter, regardless of major or area of study. Team entries are accepted, but team size is limited to eight students.

Entries will be accepted in the following categories: two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, digital (including music and video) and literature (poetry and short stories). Entries will be evaluated on creativity and artistic qualities. Prizes include awards and exhibit opportunities. Entries are due April 15, 2011.

For more information about the NASA Future of Flight Art Contest, visit


Geography Trivia From Space Contest

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is currently living aboard the International Space Station. During his six-month stay in space, Kelly will have the opportunity to see and photograph various locations on Earth. In fact, part of his job is to capture a kaleidoscope of geographic spots used for scientific analysis of our planet.

Using these pictures, astronaut Kelly wants to test your knowledge of the world through a geography trivia game on Twitter. Kelly will tweet a picture and ask the public to identify the place depicted in the photo. The first person to correctly identify the place will win an autographed copy of the picture.

The first image in the geography contest was posted on Nov. 15, 2010. Kelly plans to continue posting contest photos throughout his mission. He is currently scheduled to return from the space station in March 2011.

To play the geography trivia game and to get other updates from Kelly throughout his mission, follow his twitter account at

For more information and for complete rules for the Geography Trivia From Space Contest, visit

2011 NASA High Altitude Student Platform Opportunity – Application Deadline Dec 17, 2010

NASA is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space on a high-flying scientific balloon.

The annual NASA project provides near space access for 12 undergraduate and graduate student experiments to be carried by a NASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellites or prototypes.

The experiments are flown aboard the High Altitude Student Platform, or HASP, a balloon-born instrument stack launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility’s remote site in Fort Sumner, N.M. The goals of the project are to provide a space test platform to encourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellite payloads and other space-engineering products.

HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills and research abilities of students in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The project is a joint effort between NASA and the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 17, 2010.

For application information and technical details about the program, visit
Information about NASA’s scientific balloon program is available at

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