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New Shows Featuring Moon Exploration and Facts at National Geographic

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, National Geogrpahic has produced several new programs about the Moon, the NASA Apollo missions, and future Moon exploration.

As usual, each of the programs has its own website where you can find video clips, trivia related to the program, and many interactive materials. Students, teachers, history buffs, and space enthusiasts will appreciate the large collection of information.

Visit the National Geographic website at http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/man-and-the-moon

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NASA EDGE Videos Soon to be in HD

NASA EDGE is getting edgy with it’s vodcats; it’s going HD!  The current vodcast is about NASA’s LRO/LCROSS mission, which will soon search for water on the moon.  The next video will be about the upcoming shuttle mission, the final Hubble servicing mission, STS-125.

Visit NASA EDGE today to viewold and new videos, find links to mission information, and read the NASA EDGE blog. http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/nasaedge/index.html

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Bending Under Pressure Activity – Demonstration Video

While making spacewalks possible, pressure produces its own problems. An inflated spacesuit can be very difficult to bend. In essence, a spacesuit is a balloon with an astronaut inside. The rubber of the balloon keeps in oxygen that is delivered to the suit from pressurized oxygen tanks in the backpack. But, as pressure inside the balloon builds up, the balloon’s walls become stiff, making normal bending motions impossible. Lack of flexibility defeats the purpose of the spacewalk — mobility and the ability to do work in space. In this activity, students use balloons and rubber bands to demonstrate the pressure inside a spacesuit.

In addition to the lesson plan, a video of the lesson demonstration is now available online.


Challenges of Spacewalking – Video Clips

Hear firsthand how astronauts have encountered their own challenges during EVAs (spacewalks). This six-part video series allows you, the viewer, to choose the correct “fix” for real problems astronauts faced while spacewalking. See if you have the right stuff to think quickly when things do not go as planned.

View the spacewalk videos at the following website:

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Discovery Education “NASA at 50” Series – Grades 6-12

“NASA at 50” highlights key innovations and milestones in the sciences and in space exploration from NASA’s 50-year history. Each clip serves as a gateway for further learning in science and history; each promotes critical thinking and inquiry as essential components of scientific literacy.

Students can enjoy “NASA at 50” in video or audio formats. In addition, teachers guides are provided for each clip to facilitate integration of this content into lesson plans. Downloadable versions of the videos are captioned.

Access these video clips at the following URL:


NASA eClips: A New Approach to Learning

NASA announces a new Web-based educational project offered free to every student and educator in the country, from kindergarten level through lifelong learners.

Capitalizing on today’s technology, NASA eClips are short, five- to 10-minute video segments available on-demand via the Internet for the 2008-2009 school year. Over 220 video segments are projected to be available. This project highlights NASA’s commitment to providing important science, math and engineering educational materials in a useful video format that can be used in the classroom, at home, and by informal education institutions such as museums, Boys and Girls Clubs, and scouts.

With a goal of increasing science literacy, NASA eClips are designed to inspire students to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to understand the application of these subjects in the real world — all in an accessible, on-demand way.

Additionally, the K-12 (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) NASA eClips project is separated into grade-appropriate topics that tie into standards-based instruction. Each level is designed as a resource for classroom teachers; downloadable video segments and teacher guides illustrating effective instruction in the 21st-century classroom provide valuable enhancements to teacher lesson plans.

Students, teachers and the public can look forward to new video and educational content highlighting current research and innovations throughout the school year. The video clips are available for streaming on the NASA Web site at http://www.nasa.gov/education/nasaeclips

The NASA Web site permits educators and the public to download and save the video clips as well as stream them. In addition, the NASA Web provides lesson plans and instructions for educators on how to use these videotapes in the classroom.

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Brief Video of Life on the International Space Station

Very Short List provides daily emails on new and interesting websites, books, movies, art, and other cultural artifacts. Today’s update highlights a short film documenting life on the International Space Station. The video, set to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens, is a montage of weightless activites.

Visit the Shortlist to watch the fun!

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Additional Video Learning Clips Added to NASA Educational Materials Website

The educational video clips listed below have been added to the Videos section of the NASA Educational Materials site. Click on the link below each list of video clips to access the videos online.

Designed for students in grades K-8, these video clips from the “Liftoff to Learning: Geography From Space DVD” take the viewer on a tour of Earth’s surface as seen from space. After explaining how the altitude of the viewer affects the amount of Earth’s surface seen at one time, the video moves into a travelogue about some of the interesting features of Earth’s continents as seen from space.

Titles in this series:
— Africa: A Geographer’s View From Space
— Europe: A Geographer’s View From Space
— Asia: A Geographer’s View From Space
— Australia: A Geographer’s View From Space
— North America: A Geographer’s View From Space
— South America: A Geographer’s View From Space http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/South_America_A_Geographers_View_From_Space.html

Targeting students in grades 9-12, these video clips from the “Sea Winds: Catch the Wind — The QuikSCAT Story DVD” tell the story of the QuikSCAT mission that was launched in June 1999. The video clips discuss the mission’s study of tropospheric dynamics, upper-ocean circulation and air-sea interactions.

Titles in this series:
— The Role of Engineering at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
— NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT)
— QuikSCAT: A New Mission Is Born
— QuikSCAT Weather Data Arrives To Scientists http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Catch_the_Wind.html

The video clips from the “Liftoff to Learning: Go for EVA DVD” are designed for educators and students in grades 5-8. These clips feature astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis during mission STS-37. They discuss the reasons for wearing spacesuits during spacewalking missions, how spacesuits work, and what kinds of jobs astronauts perform while spacewalking.

Titles in this series:
— ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA): Astronauts Walk in Space
— Environment, Temperature and Space Debris Pose Challenges for Space Walkers
— Earth’s Atmosphere: How Does It Differ From the Atmosphere in Space?
— A Look at the Development of the Spacesuit, From Past to Present
— Weightless Environment Training Facility: Simulating Space Conditions Underwater
— A View of Astronauts Walking In Space http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Extravehicular_Activity.html

Designed for students in grades 9-12, these video clips from the “Our Home: Earth From Space DVD” engage the audience with satellite imagery, computer graphics and historical footage to make the point that Earth is an interconnected system of air, land, water and life.

Titles in this series:
— The Right Tools: Sensing Earth From Space
— Global Effect of El Niño
— The Influence of Global Warming on Earth’s Systems
— Doing Our Part to Prevent Global Warming
— The Environmental, Economic and Social Impact of Drought
— Lifecycle of a Hurricane
— Linking Earth System Events http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/The_Right_Tools.html

Targeting students in grades 5-8, video clips from the “NASA CONNECT™: Data Analysis and Measurement: Having a Solar Blast! DVD” show how NASA engineers and researchers use data analysis and measurement to predict solar storms, anticipate how they will affect Earth, and improve human understanding of the Sun-Earth system.

Titles in this series:
— The Scientific Importance of Studying Solar Flares
— Hands-on Solar Flare Activity
— The Composition of the Sun
— Understanding Sunspots and Flares http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/The_Scientific_Importance.html

The “Liftoff to Learning: Tethered Satellite: A Videotape for Physics and Physical Science DVD” video clips target educators and students in grades 9-12. They describe the tethered satellite concept and show how the satellite is deployed and extended in space. The mathematics describing the forces acting on the tethered satellite/space shuttle orbiter system is also presented. The clips also demonstrate how the tethered satellite and the space shuttle orbiter interact with Earth’s magnetic field to produce an electric current. The segments describe future applications of the tethered satellite/space shuttle orbiter system as a motor.

Titles in this series:
— Gravity and the Tethered Satellite
— Angular Momentum, Inertia and the Tethered Satellite
— Explaining the Coriolis Effect on the Tethered Satellite
— How Tethered Technology Is Used in Scientific Research
— The Center of Mass of an Object: On Land and in Space http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Extravehicular_Activity.html

Designed for students in grades 5-8, video clips from the “NASA CONNECT™: The Festival of Flight: Opening Space for Next Generation of Explorers DVD” show students performing a hands-on activity to find the optimum ratio of baking soda to a controlled amount of vinegar to power a baking soda and vinegar rocket. The series also explores the concept of gravity and how Newton’s three laws help rockets overcome the force of gravity.

Titles in this series:
— Hands-on Activity in Rocket Building
— Using Math and Science to Plan for the Next Generation of Spacecraft http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Hands_On_Activity_in_Rocket_Building.html

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