Volume: 03, Issue: 11 06/01/2005 
Image from Strange Matter exhibit. Image courtesy Materials Research Society.
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Spitzer Telescope Captures Miracle of Star Birth
Cassini Seeing Red... On Titan
Discovery Removed from Launch Pad
Radio Signals Help Decipher Saturn Ring Structure

Brush Up on Fundamentals through Science Exhibits

Need new ideas for ways to teach your students about science? Check out the following exhibits currently making their way across the country.

Strange Matter, a Materials Science Exhibit
Strange Matter investigates four areas of materials science: structure, properties, processing, and performance. This exhibit, which is traveling to science centers and museums in North America, is now showing at the Dallas Institute of Natural History through Sept. 4, 2005 and at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, from June 4 - Sept. 5, 2005. Visit the website above to see when the exhibit will be in your area and to take advantage of the special features: guides to the exhibit for teachers and families, experiments that can be done at home or in the classroom, resources for further exploration, and video interviews with the people behind materials science.

SPACE: A Journey to Our Future
This first-of-its-kind exhibit was created as an educational tool to inspire young people and raise public awareness about space exploration. Representatives from NASA, NSTA, and General Motors served on an educational committee with specialists from leading science centers across the country to consult on its content. The 12,000-square-foot exhibition, one of the largest touring space exhibits ever developed, will be on display at Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, Ohio from June 25 – Oct. 16, 2005. The exhibit will travel to other museums and science centers across the United States for the next five years. Geared toward ages 9-17, SPACE immerses the visitor in past discoveries and explorations and introduces today's explorers who are shaping our destiny in the universe. The sights and sounds of space exploration are presented through live performances, easy-to-use interactives, state-of-the-art projection, and audio technology. Highlights include opportunities to ride a lunar module simulator to a surface facsimile of the Moon and a visit to a simulated scientific base camp on Mars.

NASA @ Your Library
NASA and the American Library Association (ALA) announce an interactive exhibit that features special presentations for parents and children. The program is designed to help inspire students to pursue science and space-related careers. The NASA/ALA partnership creates NASA @ Your Library, a program designed to introduce and expose the public to NASA research in health; home and transportation; agriculture and environment; and commerce. The partnership is also designed to increase interest in our nation's public libraries. The exhibit will tour 120 public libraries in five regions across the nation. Visit the website listed above to find out when the exhibit will be in your area.

Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe
The Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe exhibit features the best of Hubble’s images and shows visitors how this suite of scientific instruments is challenging widely held assumptions about the cosmos. The exhibition explores the Hubble, its history and purpose, and its anatomy and operation. Visitors enter the exhibition through a tunnel of monitors that projects images taken by Hubble. Four freestanding structures are devoted to Hubble’s contributions to the exploration of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe. A scale model of Hubble is complemented by “satellite” units that incorporate hands-on activities about how the telescope works. View the exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in Fort Worth, Texas from June 18 – Sept. 5, 2005. To find out when it will be in your area, visit the website listed above.

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