Daily Archives: June 18, 2012

International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission – July 10-14, 2012


ISS EarthKAM Program for Middle School Teachers – July 10-14, 2012

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission from July 10-14, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

International Space Station EarthKAM is a NASA-sponsored project that provides stunning, high-quality photographs of Earth taken from the space shuttle and the space station. Since 1996, EarthKAM students have taken thousands of photographs of Earth by using the World Wide Web to direct a digital camera on select spaceflights and, currently, on the space station.

For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page www.EarthKAM.ucsd.edu.

Free Webinar – Is There Water on Mars? – June 20, 2012

Chemical Alteration by Water, Mawrth Vallis, Mars

Attend a free webinar, June 20, 2012 – Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration – Is There Water on Mars?

Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration – Is There Water on Mars? Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on June 20, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. “Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars?” is an inquiry-based lesson on how atmospheric pressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water. See why the boiling point of water is pressure-dependent, rather than temperature-dependent. Then, by extension, you will deduce if there could be liquid water on Mars.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar25.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

NEEMO 16 Science Under Pressure Challenge – June 14-21, 2012

NASA NEEMOA team of NASA aquanauts is taking part in a two-week mission living underwater as part of the NASA Extreme Environments Mission Operations, or NEEMO, 16 Expedition. The crew is living in the Aquarius underwater habitat off the coast of Florida. This habitat maintains an atmospheric pressure that is about 2.5 times that of pressure at the surface. This sets the stage for a unique environment for science experiments!

For one week during the mission, the crew will conduct experiments proposed by educators and scientists from NASA, the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. These experiments will see if simple, everyday tasks, such as blowing a bubble or operating a remote-controlled device, will be more difficult at a higher pressure environment.

A different experiment of the day will be announced daily during the challenge. NEEMO fans are invited to predict the outcome of each experiment. Followers should focus on whether the experiment will yield different outcomes at the surface-level environment versus the increased pressure environment of the Aquarius habitat.

Experiments will take place each day from June 14-21, 2012. To learn more, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/NEEMO/NEEMO16/sup.html.


Call for Proposals – NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate  (HEOMD), and Science Mission Directorates (SMD),  the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers, solicits proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directorates or the OCT and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction. If submitted, Notices of Intent are due on July 20, 2012 and proposals are due on August 14, 2012.

Public Law 102-588, passed in 1992, authorized NASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities.  The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research.  This capability will, in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction’s economic viability and expand the nation’s base for aerospace research and development.  Since its inception, NASA EPSCoR has been closely linked to the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant).

While proposals can be accepted only from institutions for which the NASA EPSCoR Directors are currently serving, all institutions of higher education within the jurisdiction should be given the opportunity and must be made aware of the FY 2012 NASA EPSCoR CAN.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) determines overall jurisdiction eligibility for NASA EPSCoR. Details regarding general eligibility are available at:


The following jurisdictions are eligible to submit up to two proposals to this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

South Carolina may submit up to three proposals, provided at least one of the proposals represents a project from the US Virgin Islands (which currently falls under South Carolina’s jurisdiction).

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