Volume: 05, Issue: 07 12/13/2006 
This view, acquired with the sun almost directly behind Saturn, reveals a previously unknown faint ring of material coincident with the orbit of the small moon Pallene. Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.
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Researchers crunched Einstein's theory of general relativity on the Columbia supercomputer at the NASA Ames Research Center to create a three-dimensional simulation of merging black holes. Image credit: Henze, NASA.
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The visible-light picture of the Cigar galaxy shows only a bar of light against a dark patch of space. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/NOAO.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
2006: The Year in Space
NASA Discovery Mission STS-116
NASA Images Suggest Water Still Flows in Brief Spurts on Mars
NASA Unveils Its Global Exploration Strategy and Lunar Architecture
 

Space Exhibits to Visit While on Winter Break

Are looking for educational activities to keep your students learning over winter break? Here are some suggestions for fun and educational exhibits across the country.

Disney World Attraction Honors Space Exploration
The Walt Disney World Resort celebrates the success of the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity with its latest attraction, Mission: SPACE.The attraction launches visitors on a simulated space adventure to the Red Planet. Mission: SPACE combines NASA-based technology and imagery with the creative minds of Walt Disney Imagineering to deliver a unique exploration experience.

For more information, please visit the following website:
http://disney.go.com/vacations/missionspace/ms_mainflash.html.

“Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3-D,” an IMAX Film
This film features panoramic views of a silent oasis that in the 50 years since humans first set foot on the Moon, has only been experienced firsthand by 12 astronauts of the NASA Apollo Mission. The 40-minute IMAX film, which has an intended audience of children and young teens, is playing in 85 theaters worldwide.

For more in, please visit the following website:
http://www.imax.com/magnificentdesolation/formation.

Cosmic Collisions Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History
Journey into deep space--well beyond the calm face of the night sky--to explore cosmic collisions, hypersonic impacts that drive the dynamic formation of our universe. This new Space Show, narrated by actor Robert Redford, is showing at the museum's Hayden Planetarium.

For more information, please visit the following website:
http://www.amnh.org/rose/spaceshow/cosmic/.

Disney Documentary Film "Aliens of the Deep" Showing in IMAX Theatres
the IMAX film takes audiences to the ocean floor for a glimpse at the bizarre creatures living near hydrothermal vents: gushing underwater hot springs powered by the volcanic activity underlying mid-ocean ridges. A National Geographic companion book and a guide for educators wishing to incorporate the material into their curricula are available to accompany the film footage.

For more information, please visit the following website:
http://disneyvideos.disney.go.com/moviefinder/products/4057903.html.

SPACE: A Journey to Our Future, a Traveling Exhibition Created by NASA, NSTA, and GM
This first-of-its-kind educational exhibit was created as an educational tool to inspire young people and raise public awareness about space exploration. The 12,000-square-foot exhibition, one of the largest touring space exhibits ever developed, is on display at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences until February 11, 2007. This exhibit will travel to other museums and science centers through 2008.

For more information, please visit the following website:
http://www.spaceevent.com/.

    
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