Volume: 05, Issue: 01 08/30/2006 
Astronomical Objects/Stars. Image credit: NASA Johnson Space Center - Earth Sciences and Image Analysis (NASA-JSC-ES&IA).
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Astronaut in space. Image credit: NASA.
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Space Shuttle launch. Image credit: NASA.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
Pluto No Longer a Planet
New Horizons Continuing on to Pluto, Planet or Not
Atlantis Headed Back to Launch Pad
NASA Galaxy Hunter: Huge Black Holes Stifle Star Formation
 

Participate in Science Events

To learn more about space science participate in these fun science events both in and out of the classroom.

Air Force Association Grant
The Air Force Association's Grant program is designed to promote aerospace education activities in classrooms for kindergarten through twelfth grade. The program encourages development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum. Through a partnership with Space Explorers, Inc. teachers can apply for a grant to receive Space Explorers' Mission: Solar System program free of charge. Applications will be accepted through November 1, 2006; grants will be awarded January 15, 2007.

For more information, please visit the following website:
http://www.space-explorers.com/grants/educator.html.

Great Labor Day Mosquito Count
Science teachers throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states are invited to participate in this large-scale, teacher-coordinated program to monitor mosquito populations throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. The aim is to track the course of an invading mosquito as it spreads northward from the Southeast, where it is already well established.

For more information, please visit the following website:
http://www.clarku.edu/faculty/tlivdahl/mcmain.html.

NASA Invites U.S., Canadian Students to Help an Astronaut Count the Stars
NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) are collaborating on a new education activity that helps students become astronomers. The Star Count Project will investigate the visual quality of the night sky and help assess the extent of atmospheric light pollution. Many factors affect how many stars can be seen at night. NASA and the CSA are inviting U.S. and Canadian students to participate in an effort to study these factors.

For more information:
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/starcount/home/index.html.

Chicago Science Expedition: Two Weeks Worth of Wow
The City of Chicago, working with the Mayor’s Office, the Chicago Public Schools, and area colleges, universities, and museums, announce this first-ever event, which highlights the importance of science in our daily lives and emphasizes the strong ties among science education, the City of Chicago, and urban culture. A number of events and activities are planned for children, families, and the general public over a two-week period.

For more information:
http://www.prairie.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/dir_programs.prog_detail/object_id/57b41494-7726-4b29-b564-fb75b1e7d9fa/ChicagoScienceExpeditionTwoWeeksWorthofWow.cfm.

Sally Ride Science Festivals
Sally Ride Science Festivals bring together hundreds of middle school girls for a festive day of science and socializing. Each festival features a keynote by astronaut Sally Ride; workshops for girls, given by local veterinarians, astronomers, microbiologists, and engineers; workshops for parents and teachers on ways to support girls’ interests in science and math; and a street fair with cool hands-on activities, booths, food, and music. The next festival will take place at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

For more information:
http://www.sallyridefestivals.com/.

NASA Glenn Visitor Center Hosts Aerospace Event
The NASA Glenn Visitor Center, located in Cleveland, Ohio, will host To Fly!, an event during which participants will learn firsthand from pilots about the thrill of flight and the impact of aerospace research on our lives as we move into the second century of flight. Presentations scheduled for the event include Flight Research at NASA, presented by Kurt Blankenship, NASA flight research pilot, and “To Fly!”, presented by Pat Arter, a Continental Airlines captain. A static display of several research and commercial aircraft will be on hand for public view.

For more information:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/events/index.html.

    
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