Volume: 01, Issue: 03
Organisms that thrive in extremes, such as the heat and pressure found in these thermal vents along the ocean floor, may hold the secret to life elsewhere in the Solar System.
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Soyuz Spacecraft Lands Short of Destination
Total Lunar Eclipse the Night of May 15
Mercury to Pass In Front of Sun on May 7
 

Professional Development Opportunity in Astrobiology and More

The 2003 Workshops for Science Educators available through Pennsylvania State University are standards-based programs designed to help you bring thought-provoking lessons to your classroom. They are available to teachers in all science disciplines from any of the states and include such topics as astronomy, biotechnology, cosmology, meteorology, and more.

The workshop for the week of June 23 is titled "Astrobiology: The Origin and Early Evolution of Life." Participants in this workshop will create a definition of a living organism, collect data on an anaerobic environment thriving with microbes, and debate the rarity of our planet while learning about the co-evolution of Earth and life. Scientists will share the latest research on the rise of oxygen on Earth, the extreme conditions in which life exists, and the plans for NASA's search for life in the universe. The educators will receive educator guides, CDs, and posters related to astrobiology for use in their classrooms.

For more information about the 2003 Workshops for Science Educators in general, visit:
http://app.outreach.psu.edu/Science4Educators/

For more information about the "Astrobiology: The Origin and Early Evolution of Life" workshop, visit:
http://app.outreach.psu.edu/Science4Educators/default.asp?WhichPage=astro

    
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