Daily Archives: June 21, 2011

New Space Program Artifacts Available


WASHINGTON — NASA is inviting eligible education institutions, museums and other organizations to examine and request space program artifacts online. The items represent significant human spaceflight technologies, processes and accomplishments from NASA’s past and present space exploration programs.

On Wednesday, June 15, NASA posted a seventh batch of artifacts. The National Air & Space Museum, NASA visitor centers and exhibit managers, other federal agencies, eligible education and non-profit institutions, public museums, libraries and planetariums can view and request space artifacts at: http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm

This opportunity is being offered through NASA’s partnership with the General Services Administration. Together they developed the first-of-its-kind Web-based, electronic viewing portal for space artifacts. These artifacts are from the Space Shuttle, Hubble Space Telescope, Apollo and International Space Station Programs. Examples of artifacts include a space shuttle payload bay mockup, cockpit seats and Apollo era glove assemblies.

Each artifact will be available for 42 days. For the first 21 days, internal organizations such as NASA visitor centers, agency exhibit managers and the Smithsonian Institution may request artifacts. External organizations, including museums, schools, universities, libraries, and planetariums, may request artifacts the following 21 days. After the screening period closes, and at the completion of the request process, organizations will be notified about the status of their request.

Artifacts will be incrementally released when they no longer are needed by NASA and in accordance with export control laws and regulations. Artifacts are provided free of charge, however, requesting organizations must pay for shipping and any special handling costs.

To date, approximately 28,500 items of historic space significance have been offered, mainly from the shuttle, with contributions from Hubble, Apollo, Mercury, Gemini and space station programs. Approximately 3,000 artifacts have been requested. For information about NASA’s space shuttle transition and artifacts, visit http://www.nasa.gov/transition

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Pre-Service Teacher Institute (PSTI): August 1-12, 2011

The NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Pre-Service Teacher Institute (PSTI) is a two-week summer residential program for college students who are preparing to teach in elementary or middle schools. The program is designed to increase students’ skills in teaching mathematics and science, while incorporating technology in the curriculum. This is achieved through the development of a problem-based learning (PBL) aerospace theme. Each student is assigned to an Institute Flight Team. Students develop a lesson that they teach to children from a local school and will teach in an elementary or middle school when they return home. PSTI will be held August 1-12, 2011 and financial support is provided to all participants upon successful completion of all requirements of the two-week Institute.

Please see this link for an application and more information: http://www.aeroi.org/University.php

Apply Now For NASA ARISS Program – Proposal Deadline July 15, 2011

Apply Now to Host a Real Time Conversation With Crewmembers Onboard the International Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between Jan. 15 and July 15, 2012. Proposals are due July 15, 2011.

Using amateur radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life in space and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISS contact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school and then using that station to talk directly with a crewmember on the International Space Station for approximately 10 minutes. The technology is easier to acquire than ever before. ARISS has a network of Mentors to help you obtain the technology required to host this once in a lifetime opportunity for your students.

Interested parties should contact Teaching From Space to obtain complete information including how the technology works, what is expected of the host organization, and the proposal/application form by sending an e-mail to JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov or by calling 281-244-2320.

Additional information can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/ariss.html

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