Daily Archives: October 3, 2011

Online Professional Development Workshop: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science XXIX – Oct 5, 2011

John Ensworth at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and the NASA Science Mission Directorate invite you to attend an upcoming online professional development workshop.

Topic: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science XXIX

In the 29th installment of these mission- and inquiry-oriented mathematics problems, Dr. Sten Odenwald will supply background for and lead participants through problems from his “Problems in Space Science” series. The goal of these problems is to teach students about space and Earth science by using mathematics. Each problem begins with real world questions, missions and situations, and applies the necessary mathematics to arrive at a solution. Participants may ask questions and work along in this fully interactive Webinar environment. http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m., EDT (Greenwich Mean Time -04:00, New York)

Problems to be covered (at least in part) include:

Problem 431: Space Shuttle Atlantis — Launch Speed
Students use a sequence of images from a video of a space shuttle launch to determine speed from the time interval between the images, and the scale of each image.
[Grade: 6-8 | Topics: scale, metric measurement, speed=distance/time]

Problem 433: Space Shuttle Atlantis — Plume Speed
Students use a sequence of images from a video of a space shuttle launch to determine speed from the time interval between the images, and the scale of each image.
[Grade: 6-8 | Topics: scale, metric measurement, speed=distance/time]

Problem 438: The Last Flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavor
Students use tabular data and graphing to determine the launch speed and acceleration of the space shuttle from the launch pad.
[Grade: 6-8 | Topics: tabular data, graphing, metric measurement, speed=distance/time]

Problem 434: Dawn Spacecraft Sees Asteroid Vesta Up-Close!
Students use an image of the asteroid Vesta to determine the diameters of craters and mountains using a millimeter ruler and the scale of the image in meters per millimeter.
[Grade: 6-8 | Topics: scale, metric measurement]

You will need a computer, a good internet connection and a telephone to participate.

Participants must first register for this meeting. There is no cost for this event.
Note: Only the first 150 registrants will be accepted. Register ASAP!

If this meeting is full, you will receive an e-mail that reads:
“Your registration for this meeting is denied.”
In that case, we ask you to please join us in the next workshop!
If you do miss this event, we will send you the link to a video archive of the workshop so you will still be able to benefit from the exercises.

Please join the meeting 15-20 minutes before start to make sure your computer is prepared to run the Webex software. You may also pre-install the Webex plug-in following the instructions at the bottom of this e-mail.

Where to register for this meeting
1. Go to https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?ED=176432822&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
2. Register for the meeting.

Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions for joining the meeting.

To view in other time zones or languages, visit https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?ED=176432822&RG=1&UID=0&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Closed Captioning is available during the Webinar. A link to this will be provided closer to meeting time.
For assistance
1. Go to https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/mc
2. Click “Support” in the left navigation bar.

For more information, contact John Ensworth by email at john_ensworth (@) strategies.org or by telephone at 703-312-0563.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, do not join the session. This video and earlier product videos will be available via a Web-based archive tool will soon be located at: http://www.strategies.org/education/index.aspx?sub=education&sub2=professional and http://video.strategies.org.


To check the setup of your computer and pre-install the plug-in software, use the following links:


WebEx will automatically setup Meeting Manager for Windows the first time you join a meeting. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by clicking this link: https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/meetingcenter/mcsetup.php.

The host requests that you check for compatibility of rich media players for Universal Communications Format (UCF) before you join the session. UCF allows you to view multimedia during the session. To check now, click the following link: https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/systemdiagnosis.php.

Meeting Manager for Microsoft® Windows® – MSI Installer

— Meeting Center automatically downloads, installs and configures Meeting Manager for Windows the first time you start or join a meeting. However, you may choose to download and run the Meeting Manager Installer before starting or joining a meeting. You must have administrator privileges on your computer to use this installer.
–Download Meeting Manager Installer for Internet Explorer https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/atmcie.msi
— Download Meeting Manager Installer for Mozilla Firefox/Netscape Navigator https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/atmcns.msi

Meeting Manager for Mac® OS X (PowerPC)

— Meeting Manager for Mac OS X (PowerPC) is set up automatically the first time you start or join a meeting. The Installer for Mac OS X (PowerPC) can be used to manually install or uninstall Meeting Manager for Mac OS X (PowerPC).

Download Meeting Manager Installer for Mac OS X (PowerPC) https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/mac/powerpc/webexinstaller.hqx.


Live Video Chat: Robots Digging Up Martian Geology – Oct 5, 2011

Curiosity Mars Rover

Participate in the live video chat about the Mars Science Laboratory and the Curiosity Rover! Oct 5, 2011.

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades 4-9 from across the U.S. and Departments of Defense and State schools to participate in a live video webchat with Paulo Younse, a robotics engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif. Younse will answer student questions about a career as a robotics engineer and the soon-to-be launched Martian rover, Curiosity, that has 10 scientific instruments aboard. Curiosity is about twice as long and more than five times as heavy as any previous rover.

The hour-long video chat begins at noon EDT on Oct 5, 2011. You do not need to be a participant of the NASA Explorer Schools project to participate in the chat.

For background information about Curiosity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html.

Watch a live Curiosity Cam video feed to observe NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover being assembled in a clean room at JPL. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/building_curiosity.html

To learn more about NES, please visit the http://www.explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

For more information about this NES live video chat, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/younse-chat.html.

NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNH11ZTT002N – Research Opportunities in Space Biology

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNH11ZTT002N, entitled “Research Opportunities in Space Biology.” This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits hypothesis-driven research proposals for both ground-based experiments and flight experiments in Space Biology (SB). All proposals must describe hypothesis-driven experiments that will answer basic questions about how cells, plants and animals respond to changes in gravity. Proposals for ground-based experiments must demonstrate and describe a clear path to hypothesis testing in space flight experiments on the ISS or other appropriate space flight platforms. This NRA also requests proposals for rapid turn-around flight research using plants or Petri dish-based biological systems that will utilize either the Advanced Biological Research System (ABRS) hardware residing on the International Space Station (ISS) or the Biological Research in Canisters – Petri Dish Fixation Unit (BRIC-PDFU) hardware on any of several potential flight platforms (based on science requirements and availability).

The full text of the solicitation is available on the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com under menu listing “Open Solicitations.” Potential applicants are urged to access this site well in advance of the proposal due date to familiarize themselves with its structure and to register in the NSPIRES system. Proposals must be submitted electronically.

Proposers can use either NSPIRES (see URL above) or Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov ) for proposal submission.

Notices of Intent are due October 31, 2011. Proposals are due January 6, 2012.

All categories of U.S. institutions are eligible to submit proposals in response to this NRA. Principal Investigators (PIs) may collaborate with investigators from universities, Federal Government laboratories, the private sector, state and local government laboratories and other countries.

Every organization that intends to submit a proposal in response to this NRA must be registered with NSPIRES, and such registration must identify the authorized organizational representative(s) who will submit the electronic proposal. Instructions on how to register in NSPIRES is described in the NRA. Each electronic proposal system places requirements on the registration of principal investigators and other participants (e.g. co-investigators). Questions in regards to responding to this NRA may be addressed to the contacts referenced in the full solicitation document.

This is a broad agency announcement as specified in FAR 6.102 (d)(2).
Notwithstanding the posting of this opportunity at FedBizOpps.gov, nspires.nasaprs.com, or Grants.gov, NASA reserves the right to determine the appropriate award instrument for each proposal selected pursuant to this announcement.

Call for Payloads 2012 High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) Flight – Deadline Dec 16, 2011

Call for Payloads (CFP) for the September 2012 flight of the High Altitude Student Platform (HASP)

HASP logo

Apply now for the 2011-12 High Altitude Student Payload (HASP) Program

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. HASP will fly with the assistance of NASA Balloon Program Office for at least the next three years (2012 through 2014). There is no cost for launch and flight operations. Student teams will need to raise their own funds to support the development of their payload and for travel to Palestine, TX for HASP integration and Ft. Sumner, NM for flight operations.

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-2011.php Details on the payload constraints and interface with HASP as well as online access to the CFP materials can be found on the “Participant Info” page of the HASP website at http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp/Participantinfo.php

Applications are due December 16, 2011 and selections will be announced by mid-January 2012.

If you have any questions about the application materials or HASP, feel free to contact us at guzik (@) phunds.phys.lsu.edu

The HASp Program will conduct a Q&A Teleconference about HASP and the application process on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10:00 am (central time). Groups who have previously flown on HASP as well as new organizations should plan on attending this teleconference. To participate, dial in to 1-866-717-2684 a few minutes prior to the conference time. When requested enter the conference ID number 6879021 followed by the # key.

2012 Team America Rocketry Challenge – Registration Deadline Nov 30, 2011

A Team from the 2011 Team America Rocketry Challenge

Apply today to participate in the 2012 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)

Registration is open for the Team America Rocketry Challenge 2012, a national model rocket competition for U.S. students in grades 7-12. Thousands of students compete each year, making TARC the world’s largest model rocket contest.

Teams of three to 10 students are challenged to design, build and fly a model rocket that will climb to 800 feet with a payload of two raw eggs and stay aloft for 43 to 47 seconds. The payload must then return to earth unbroken. Cash prizes are awarded to the top finishers. NASA invites top teams to participate in their Student Launch Initiative, an advanced rocketry program.

Participation is limited to the first 1,000 teams who register by Nov. 30, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.rocketcontest.org/. Questions about this contest should be sent to rocketcontest@aia-aerospace.org.

NASA RFI – Concepts for the NASA Gravitational-Wave Mission

Concepts for the NASA Gravitational-Wave Mission
Solicitation number: NNH11ZDA019L

Release Date: September 27, 2011
Response Date: November 4, 2011

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Program are soliciting information through this Request for Information (RFI) pertaining to potential gravitational-wave science missions. Specifically, NASA is seeking information that can be used to develop concepts that meet some or all of the scientific objectives of the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) Mission. Information being sought includes relevant mission concepts, instrument concepts, enabling technologies, or any aspect of flight, ground or launch systems architecture.

The PCOS Program Office will work with the science community to develop new gravitational-wave mission concepts satisfying some or all of the scientific objectives listed in Table 1. Such scenarios might include one or more space-based observatories. These scenarios will be presented to the National Research Council’s Space Studies Board Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) for consideration. Recommendations from the CAA will subsequently be used to guide detailed development of scientific, technical, and cost information for future US gravitational-wave missions. Data from these concept studies will also be used to assess future technology needs for the Astrophysics Division. Information from the technology assessment will also be provided to the CAA.

This Request for Information (RFI) is the first step in this process. Through this RFI, NASA is seeking information relevant to gravitational-wave mission concept(s) that will satisfy some or all the scientific objectives listed in Table 1. The RFI also requests standalone instrument concepts as well as relevant key enabling technologies for such missions or instruments. Mission concepts should range in cost from ~ $300M to $2,000M in FY12 dollars.

The full text of the Dear Colleague Letter is posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH11ZDA019L”).

For further information on this RFI, please contact Jean Cottam, PCOS Chief Scientist, at jean.cottam@nasa.gov. You may also contact the NASA HQ PCOS program officers, Jaya Bajpayee, PCOS Program Executive, at jaya.bajpayee-1 (@) nasa.gov, and Rita Sambruna, PCOS Program Scientist, at rita.m.sambruna (@) nasa.gov. Please check http://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/ for the most up to date information on the program.

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