Volume: 04, Issue: 14 03/08/2006 
Liftoff of the Atlas V carrying NASA's New Horizons spacecraft to a distant date with Pluto! Image credit: NASA/KSC.
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This illustration compares the size of a gargantuan star and its surrounding dusty disk (top) to that of our solar system. Artist's Concept: NASA/JPL-Caltech.
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An artist's concept of Topex/Poseidon. Image credit: NASA/JPL.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
NASA's Next Leap in Mars Exploration
NASA Aids in Resolving Long Standing Solar Cycle Mystery
Study of Tsunami Forces Rethinking of Theory of Giant Earthquakes
Discuss Spaceflight with Former Astronaut Dr. Tony England

A Space Experience

From July 30 – August 4, 2006, students in 7th – 12th grades can attend A Space Experience at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. It will be a week filled with rockets, robotics, astronauts, scientists, and space flight simulations. Program participants will take part in a wide range of training sessions, meet research scientists and aerospace professionals, conduct space science experiments, participate in space flight simulations, and much more during this exciting program. Space Experience cadets will have the opportunity to design, build, and test their own space mission, including working with rockets, heat shields, and recovery systems. In addition, cadets will be trained to use a solar telescope, navigate using the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS), and receive cadet astronaut training.

Special features of the camp include designing and programming a planetary rover using LEGO MINDSTORMS™. Their rovers will rescue stranded astronauts, sample volcanoes, deploy experiments, and complete other tasks while exploring the Solar System. Cadets will attend daily presentations from people working in the space science industry. The group will also attend a private show at the Barlow Planetarium. The director of the camp is Jason Marcks, Earth and Space Science Specialist for Space Education Initiatives. The special guest at this year’s camp will be former NASA astronaut and current Vice President of Rocketplane Limited, Inc., Capitan John Bennett Herrington.

Many middle and high schools offer scholarships or other assistance for students to attend summer camps. Students should check with teachers and guidance counselors to determine eligibility. Also, many community civic organizations, local businesses, and area clubs often provide assistance to students, especially Rotary, Optimist, and Lions Clubs.

To register for A Space Experience go to:http://www.uwgb.edu/camps/html/camps/space2006.htm or call 1 (800) 892-2118.

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