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Free Space Nutrition Storybook Available – Grades 5-8

Space Nutrition

Space Nutrition
by Scott M. Smith, Janis Davis-Street, Lisa Neasbitt & Sara R. Zwart

Space Nutrition, a storybook

by Scott M. Smith, Janis Davis-Street, Lisa Neasbitt & Sara R. Zwart

This book is available for free download on your iPad with iBooks 2 or on your computer with iTunes. To read this book, you must be using an iPad with iBooks 2.

This new book, published through NASA’s Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory, is a fun look at space food and the nutritional needs of humans who work in space.  It also provides an overview of previous space missions (including videos and photos from some of the programs) and lessons about different kinds of research and why they matter to NASA and the space program.

The book has some excellent STEM content for educators looking for space related content at appropriate grade levels.  The book includes a glossary, a science content standards map, and classroom ideas packaged in an educator’s guide.

This free book is a perfect addition to any educator’s digital library.  Learn more here:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/space-nutrition/id515790608

 

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Free NASA Xbox Kinect Game – Mars Rover Landing

Screenshot from the new NASA Kinect Game - Mars Rover Landing

Get this free Kinect game today! You control the landing. success or failure is in your hands!

NASA, in conjunction with the upcoming Mars Science Lab landing, has just released a FREE new game for XBox Kinect called Mars Rover Landing. In the new game, players will control each stage of the mission landing!

How hard is it to land on Mars? Test your skills! Your mission: guide NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity to its landing site safely and on target. Use your body to direct the craft and control thrusters as you descend. Gain avatar gear and achievements for a safe landing. The rover’s success depends on you! The Games on Demand version supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese. This game requires a Kinect™ Sensor.

http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Mars-Rover-Landing/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258480836

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Free OMSI Star Party – Portland, OR Area – June 30, 2012

OMSI Star Party

Join OMSI in the Portland area for free star parties throughout the summer!

(From our friends at OMSI)

OMSI Star Party: Summer Solstice Celebration
June 30, 9:30 pm at Rooster Rock State Park or L.L. Stub Stewart State Park
Cost: Free with $5 parking per vehicle fee

Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of summer with a free Star Party! Join us at Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, weather permitting. From beginners to experts of all ages, here’s your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescope and binoculars. Viewing highlights includes Mars, Saturn, the moon, several clusters, and more! On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, 503.797.4610 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site http://www.omsi.edu/starparties for possible weather-related cancellations.

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New NASA App to Follow The International Space Station and Mission Control

New free ISSLive! app from NASA

Get ISSLive! and many other free apps from NASA

NASA has updated their list of free apps to include a new release, ISSLive!

Space Station Live! includes a web experience and free mobile ISSLive! app for smart phones and tablet computers accessible on NASA’s website. The app also is available through the Google Play and iTunes app stores.

Special features of the Space Station Live! web and mobile app experience include:
— live streaming data from various space station systems
— live streaming data from actual crew and science timelines with social media links
— descriptions and educational material that describe how the space station works
— educational lessons using the live content
— 3-D virtual mission control
— 3-D virtual space station using live streaming data to correctly position the sun, Earth, moon and the station’s solar arrays
— 3-D model of the space station with labels and colored by the international partner contributions to its assembly
— links to NASA’s five international partner space agencies’ mission information.

To use Space Station Live!, visit: http://spacestationlive.nasa.gov
To download ISSLive! and other NASA mobile apps, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/apps.html

Other free apps available through NASA include:

Sector 33: Air Traffic Control Game
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an Air Traffic Controller? Test your skills at navigating air traffic through your section of air space – Section 33.

3D Sun for iPhone
A major solar flare erupts on the sun. Before long, your phone chirps in your pocket to let you know! Pulling out your phone, you see a 3D view of the sun — a digital reconstruction of satellite images freshly downloaded from NASA’s “STEREO” satellites.

3D Sun for iPad
“3D Sun” lets you carry a virtual window onto today’s sun, right in your pocket. Open this iPad-ready app anytime to see when major solar flares erupt on the sun’s surface or to track sunspots that reveal the churning activity inside the sun’s fiery inferno.

Aquarius for iPhone
Be on the front lines of Aquarius / SAC-D Mission with the Aquarius iPhone app by viewing mission relevant data including news, images, and animations. View the stages of the construction of Aquarius from JPL to it’s launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Ascent: Commemorating Shuttle for iPad
This compilation of film and video presents the best-of-the-best ground-based Space Shuttle motion imagery from the STS-114, STS-117, and STS-124 missions.

AstroApp: Space Shuttle Crew for iPhone
Get to know all the space travelers who flew on the unique vehicle, the Space Shuttle. You can sort by astronaut name and mission. The “Suit Me Up” feature allows you to become a Space Shuttle astronaut yourself.

AstroApp: Space Shuttle Crew for iPad
Get to know all the space travelers who flew on the unique vehicle, the Space Shuttle. You can sort by astronaut name and mission. The “Suit Me Up” feature allows you to become a Space Shuttle astronaut yourself.

AstroApp: Space Station Crew for iPhone
Did you know humans live and work off-planet 24/7? You can explore the crew members of this orbital outpost by name and mission. The “Suit Me Up” feature allows you to become a Space Station crew member. Share your space profile with friends and family.

AstroApp: Space Station Crew for iPad
Did you know humans live and work off-planet 24/7? You can explore the crew members of this orbital outpost by name and mission. The “Suit Me Up” feature allows you to become a Space Station crew member. Share your space profile with friends and family.

Cassini for iPhone
The Cassini app was designed to give an overview of the spacecraft’s current activities, starting with the latest dramatic images.

Comet Quest for iPhone and iPad
The Rosetta spacecraft approaches Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Using its thrusters, Rosetta goes into orbit around the comet nucleus. Now you, the player, get to take over the spacecraft in its mission to learn about the mysterious comet.

Earth-Now for iPhone
NASA’s Earth Now is an application that visualizes recent global climate data from Earth Science satellites, including surface air temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and water vapor as well as gravity and sea level variations.

GRAIL Mission App for iPhone
Keep up with NASA’s GRAIL Mission to the moon, with daily mission updates, images and video. Later versions of the app will include images captured by MoonKAM.

Hubblesite for iPhone
HubbleSite, the online home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, invites you to help choose the world’s most popular Hubble images. Get wallpaper, Hubble facts, and more.

International Space Station Live!
Get a look at what happens inside the orbiting outpost.

Lunar Electric Rover Simulator App for iPhone
You don’t need a driver’s license, but you still need to buckle up as the Simulator gives you a glimpse of what it might be like to support the activities of a functioning Lunar Outpost.

NASA App for Android
The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated information, images and videos from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package on your Android.

NASA App for iPhone
The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated information, images and videos from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package on your iPhone.

NASA App HD for iPad
The NASA App HD invites you to discover a wealth of NASA information right on your iPad. From satellite tracking to live NASA TV, the app delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated mission information, images, videos and Twitter feeds from NASA right on your iPad.

NASA Space Weather App for iPhone
The NASA Space Weather App provides access to space environment information from the sun to the earth, giving users a look at complex physical processes as they evolve, and how these processes affect the near earth space environment.

NASA Television for iPhone
The NASA Television App brings live and on-demand TV programming to your phone. Watch the latest NASA events unfold in real-time or select from a list of recently uploaded videos. Or plan your viewing up to a week in advance with the NASA TV schedule.

NASA Television for iPad
The NASA Television App brings live and on-demand TV programming to your iPad. Watch the latest NASA events unfold in real-time or select from a list of recently uploaded videos. Plan your viewing up to a week in advance with the NASA TV schedule.

Night Sky Network for iPhone
Want to see the moon, stars & planets through a telescope? Go StarGaze helps you find star parties and astronomy clubs in the USA. Knowledgeable people share their telescopes and guide you as you explore the universe!

Satellite Hunter
Satellite Hunter is an educational game that uses up-to-the-moment NASA Earth Satellite locations to teach the public about our Earth observer’s orbits and about the satellites themselves in an engaging manner. Satellite locations are calculated on the iPhone based on North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) orbital data.

Satellite Insight for iPhone
“Satellite Insight” was created for the GOES-R mission (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, R series), under development at Goddard Space Flight Center as a joint NASA and NOAA effort. Educational as well as entertaining, the game challenges players to keep up with the stream of data from GOES-R’s six main instruments.

Space Images for Android
NASAJPL’s Space Images app offers a unique view of the sky via hundreds of images taken by spacecraft studying planets, stars, galaxies, weather on Earth and more.

Space Images for iPhone
Stunning images of stars and planets — including Earth! — from spacecraft studying Mars, Saturn, our solar system and beyond are at your fingertips with Space Images from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Space Images for iPad
Discover stunning images and videos of space, stars and planets — including Earth and the sun! — at your fingertips with the Space Images app from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a leader in robotic exploration of the solar system.

Space Weather Viewer for iPhone
The Space Weather Media Viewer features near-real-time imagery from a wide variety of NASA missions, as well as video interviews with prominent scientists about the causes of space phenomena and NASA-created visualizations.

Visualization Explorer for iPad
NASA science: revealed! A direct connection to NASA’s extraordinary fleet of research spacecraft, this app presents Earth as you’ve never seen it before; travel to places otherwise unavailable to even the most intrepid explorers!

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Free Global Climate change Workshops in June and July – Earn Free PDU’s, CEU’s, or Graduate Credits

2011 Global Climate Change Institutes for Teachers (GccIFT)
and the Global Learning and Observations about the Environment (GLOBE)

Who: K-8 teachers; priority given to a group of teachers from the same school
When:
June 22-24 Climate Change 101 and GLOBE Atmosphere and Climate
June 28-29 Life Sciences, Climate Change and GLOBE Phenology
July 26, 27 Children’s Literature and GCC: Science and Sustainability
Where: Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
Costs: Free!
Participation in the Institute is funded by NASA. Professional development units, graduate credits, and overnight housing available (see registration form for more details). Free!
FREE PDU’s, CEUs and/or Graduate Credit available

Climate Change 101 and GLOBE Atmosphere and Climate
Increase your understanding of key scientific principles underlying the climate system.

•Become trained in GLOBE Atmosphere and Climate Protocols.
•Participate in climate change K-8 classroom activities.
•Aligned with Oregon standards and Climate Literacy Principles
•Be introduced to the Season and Biomes Project and Elementary GLOBE
•Each school will receive GLOBE equipment and supplies for GLOBE start up.
•Each participant will receive select equipment and/or children’s books

Life Sciences, Climate Change and GLOBE Phenology
Increase your understanding of how climate change will impact plants and animals (forests, migrations…)

•Become trained in GLOBE Phenology: Budbursts, Green Up and Green Down
•Participate in climate change phenology K-8 activities
•Be introduced to the Season and Biomes Project and Elementary GLOBE
•Each school will receive GLOBE equipment and supplies for GLOBE start up.
•Each participant will receive select equipment and/or children’s books

GccIFT Children’s Literature and GCC: Science and Sustainability
•Participate in GCC inquiry-based activities supported by children’s books
•Explore ways children’s GCC based books can provide a framework for teaching and learning sustainability
•Examine and evaluate children’s climate change related books, including Elementary GLOBE
•Receive free copies of several children’s climate change books

For a complete description of the NASA grant, go to http://gcce.larc.nasa.gov/?page_id=276

Pre-registration required: request pre-registration information from
Dr. Adele Schepige (503-838-8485) or at gccift@wou.edu

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USA Science & Engineering Festival This October Nationwide

Scheduled for October, the USA Science & Engineering Festival  will be a free educational event to get Americans excited about science and engineering!  The festival will feature hands-on demonstrations, fun demos, and presentations including art, music, comedy, film, and theater.

USA Science and Engineering Festival

Join the USA Science and Engineering Festival in October!

Over 150 FREE events are planned throughout the month of October and more than 750 companies, universities, research labs, federal agencies, professional societies, community groups, and science outreach organizations will participate.

The largest of the events will occur on October 23-24 at the National Mall in Washington, DC (and surrou

nding venues) with activities for all ages. You can learn about fun topics like the science of the magic of Harry Potter, the mathematics of jump roping, the physics of superheroes, the chemistry of Thanksgiving Dinner, the engineering of baseball bats and balls, the science behind special effects in movies, trends in global warming, renewable energy sources of the future, and much more.

Events will also take place across the United States. Find an event close to you at the more at the festival website http://www.usasciencefestival.org!

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Full Length Documentary About the Apollo Missions, For All Mankind, Available Free Online

For All Mankind - a film by Al ReinertFor All Mankind, directed by Al Reinert, documents the NASA Apollo missions using original NASA footage.  The film, including NASA communication recordings and astronaut interviews, offers an in depth and first-hand look at the Apollo program and people as it evolved.  Now, thanks to Hulu, this fantastic documentary is available to watch free online!

Visit the Hulu website to watch the film: http://www.hulu.com/for-all-mankind

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Free Video Game Available For Download – Moonbase Alpha

NASA has once again landed on the lunar surface with the goal of colonization, research, and further exploration. Shortly after the return to the Moon, NASA has established a small outpost on the south pole of the moon called Moonbase Alpha. Utilizing solar energy and regolith processing, the moonbase has become self-sufficient and plans for further expansion are underway.
Moonbase Alpha Game ScreenShot -- Repairing the Life Support  SystemIn Moonbase Alpha, you assume the exciting role of an astronaut working to further human expansion and research. Returning from a research expedition, you witness a meteorite impact that cripples the life support capability of the settlement. With precious minutes ticking away, you and your team must repair and replace equipment in order to restore the oxygen production to the settlement.

Team coordination along with the proper use and allocation of your available resources (player controlled robots, rovers, repair tools, etc.) are key to your overall success. There are several ways in which you can successfully restore the life support system of the lunar base, but since you are scored on the time spent to complete the task, you have to work effectively as a team, learn from decisions made in previous gaming sessions, and make intelligence decisions in order to top the leaderboards.

Download your free copy of Moonbase Alpha today and join a mission to the Moon! http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/ltp/games/moonbasealpha/index.html

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