EXTENDED Due Date: 2013 NASA Academy Online Application Due January 22, 2013

Calling all university students who see themselves as future leaders in the Aerospace Program….the NASA Academy, an intensive ten-week residential summer experience, is for you!

Conduct hands-on research at a NASA center, live with other highly motivated interns, participate in group projects, and network with NASA leaders and industry experts. Interested students must first create a profile on the NASA SOLAR website at http://intern.nasa.gov and then apply at http://www.AcademyApp.com. Applications are due January 22, 2013; selections will be made in early February, 2013.

The academy application serves the:
* NASA Academy at Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
* NASA Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
* NASA Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Dryden Flight Research Center (Edwards AFB, CA)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Langley Research Center (Hampton, VA)
* NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
* NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)

For more information go to http://www.AcademyApp.com


Over 50 Years Running – AESP: Aerospace Education Services Project

Connecting NASA with K-12, AESP is NASA’s longest running K-12 education project. AESP Education Specialist based at NASA field centers travel throughout the states to deliver pre-service and in-service professional development at no cost to the host. Go to http://aesp.psu.edu/ for more information or to request a visit to your school.

Educators will have access to NEON or NASA Educators Online Network, a professional learning community that will allow educators to expand their learning resources. Discover NEON at http://neon.psu.edu/

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NASA Summer 2013 Student Opportunities Application System Opens NOVEMBER 1, 2012

One Stop Shopping Initiative Website

NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) online application system opens November 1, 2012. Visit intern.nasa.gov for more details.

Students interested in NASA internship, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities should view/search NASA opportunities at intern.nasa.gov. Students will complete one online application via the Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars (SOLAR) for up to 15 opportunities per session.

Opportunities for 2013 are open through OSSI from November 1, 2012 through February 1, 2013. Selections and awards will be made starting February 2, 2013.

Visit http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/internships for more information.

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2012 Humans in Space International Youth Art Competition Deadline Extended to November 15th

The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) invites youth worldwide ages 10–18 to share their visions of the future of space exploration by submitting visual, literary, musical, and video artwork to the 2012 Humans in Space Youth Art Competition. Due to worldwide request, the deadline for entries has been extended to November 15.

The competition partners (the German Aerospace Center, NASA, and USRA) challenge youth to communicate their vision of the future while incorporating this year’s theme: “How will humans use science and technology to explore space, and what mysteries will they uncover?” Competition judges will include program managers, scientists, artists, teachers, astronauts, musicians, and engineers from all over the world.

Winning artwork will be woven into multimedia displays and performances, providing opportunities for people of all ages to experience and be inspired by the creativity our next generation of explorers. Key venues for the 2012 winners will include the 19th Humans in Space Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in Cologne, Germany, in July 2013, and multiple events associated with NASA’s 50th Anniversary of Solar System Exploration celebration.

Information about background science, artwork guidelines, and how to enter the competition is available at http://www.humansinspaceart.org.

Submissions are electronic and are due November 15, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CDT (23:59 GMT -5).

A complete submission for youth artists will have:

o An entry form that includes:
o Submission and contact information
o Artist’s statement of originality (400 words or less)
o Artwork (rules for different genres provided on website)
o A waiver signed by a parent or guardian (or by the artist, if he/she is at least 18 years old).

Adults will have a chance to participate as well by volunteering as judges; more information is available under the “Call for Judges” tab on the website.

The competition is designed to enhance youth interest, knowledge, and engagement in space science and technology and to encourage young participants worldwide to use that knowledge creatively. Through the multimedia displays and performances of the artwork, viewers also become inspired about the future of space exploration.

For more information, visit the website: http://www.humansinspaceart.org

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Oregon State University Moon Tree Dedication October 10, 2012


Join the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium and the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Peavy Hall on the OSU campus for the Moon Tree Dedication, a celebration of Astronaut Stuart Roosa and the Apollo 14 Lunar Mission.

Apollo 14 launched on January 31, 1971 on what was to be NASA’s third trip to the lunar surface. Five days later, Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the Moon while Stuart Roosa, a former Oregon US Forest Service smoke jumper, orbited above in the command module. Packed in Roosa’s personal belongings during the mission were about 500 tree seeds, part of a joint NASA/USFS project. Upon return to Earth, the seeds were germinated by the Forest Service. Known as the “Moon Trees”, the resulting seedlings were planted throughout the United States and the World. They stand as a tribute to astronaut Roosa and the Apollo Program.

Of the 500 seeds flown on Apollo 14, only about 50 trees still stand today. OSU is proud to be home to one of the existing trees, now a 40 foot tall Douglas Fir. This tree stands as a symbol of both our past achievements in space science and exploration and as an inspiration to future generations of explorers.


2:00-2:30 Dedication and unveiling of plaque
2:30-3:15 Speaker Presentation
3:15-5:00 Reception

For more information about the Moon Trees go to http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/moon_tree.html.
Contact the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium at 541-737-2414 with questions regarding the dedication or go online for more information: http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/osu-moon-tree-dedication.

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Celebrate World Space Week October 4-10, 2012

World Space Week 2012Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2012. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities. The theme for 2012, “Space for Human Safety and Security,” has been chosen to celebrate the many ways in which mankind’s activities in space improve our daily lives.

To find NASA educational resources that can be used during World Space Week, visit the Educational Materials Finder: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit www.worldspaceweek.org.


Enter by December 2, 2012 to Name that Asteroid!

OSIRIS-REx mission

OSIRIS-REx mission spacecraft

OSIRIS-REx is going to fly to an asteroid and bring back some pieces. Right now, the asteroid’s name is 1999 RQ36, but we think students can do better! The Planetary Society, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, and the University of Arizona are asking students around the world to suggest better names for the asteroid.

Enter by December 2, 2012 to have a chance to name a piece of the solar system!

The contest is open to kids under the age of 18. To enter, parents or teachers must fill out an online entry form with the proposed name and a short explanation of why that name is a good choice.

Asteroids can’t be named just anything, of course. The International Astronomical Union governs the naming of big and small objects in the solar system, and they have guidelines on how to name near-Earth objects like 1999 RQ36.


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The Blue Moon – August 31, 2012

Blue Moon

The Blue Moon – August 31, 2012

(From our friends at OMSI)

A blue moon is usually explained as a full moon, which occurs twice in the same month. In August 2012, it is on the 1st (8:27 p.m. PDT) and 31st (6:58 a.m. PDT). A blue moon occurs every 3 to 4 years, when the date for one full moon falls on or near the beginning of a calendar month so that the following full moon comes before the end of the same month.

There are several different meanings for the term ‘blue moon. ‘ The phrase ‘blue moon’ has been around over 400 years, but during that time its meaning has shifted around a lot. The earliest reference was cited in The Maine Farmers’ Almanac, 1937. The almanac states that when there were two full moons in a calendar month, calendars would put the first in red, the second in blue.”

In astronomy, as stated above, a ’blue moon’ is the second full moon to appear in a single month. However, in meteorology, the correct definition of a blue moon is the physical explanation of why, on rare occasions, the moon appears blue. The scattering of moonlight causes a “blue moon” by smoke particulate. The red end of the spectrum is scattered more than the blue end of the spectrum, which causes light seen from the moon to look more blue: hence, a blue moon.

Despite the differences in meaning, in general terms, the rarity of seeing a moon that looks blue and/or the rarity of two full moons appearing in one month prompted the well-known saying “once in a blue moon,” which means something that happens very rarely.

Happy Blue Moon!

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