Volume: 05, Issue: 09 02/14/2007 
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Other Articles in This Issue:
The Colorful Demise of a Sun-Like Star
Launch Week Arrives for THEMIS
Spacewalks Continue at the International Space Station
History of Spaceflight and the Future of Human Space Exploration

Student Contests- Your Students Could Win a Trip To Space or Space Camp

Spaceshot Contest
Spaceshot has announced a challenge which gives students an opportunity to win a trip to space, among other prizes. To win, students individually predict the weather for Central Park, New York City, for the next day. At the Spaceshot website http://www.freespaceshot.com the student is paired with an opponent. Students may make as many predictions as they like each day. On the next day, the students can track how close their prediction was vs. their opponents’. If it’s closer, the student plays again at the next milestone. The subsequent milestones are played the same way. The students can take as much or as little time between milestones. Again, the student researches and predicts the weather in Central Park for the next day. A student who wins at every milestone wins a trip to space!

Students can win one of the following prizes, but cannot use tickets to space before they turn 18 and pass a physical:

$300 million trip for two around the Moon and $100 million cash
$150 million trip around the Moon and $50 million cash
$30 million orbital flight aboard Kistler K-1 and $10 million cash
$350,000 spaceflight on Rocketplane XP and a $100,000 scholarship
$300,000 scholarship or $300,000 in cash if graduated
$6,000 a zero-g flight from Zero Gravity and a $2,250 scholarship

By clicking on the “For Teachers” blue button on the homepage http://www.freespaceshot.com you can download a free lesson plan for Grades 3-8.

For more information, please visit the following website:http://www.freespaceshot.com/info/for-teachers.php.

Air Force Association Contest
The Air Force Association (AFA) announces the third annual Space Camp essay contest. Students in grades 7-12 are invited to write a no more than 1,500 word essay on one of two selected grade appropriate topics.

Up to thirty winners will be selected to receive a 6-day/5-night scholarship to US Space Camp during the week of July 15, 2007. The prize includes roundtrip airfare, tuition, room and board, ground transportation, and a clothing package. The value of each scholarship is approximately $1,500 per winner.

The deadline for entries is March 30, 2007. Winners will be announced by May 15, 2007.

Click here for the 2007 Application Guide.

The AFA is an independent, nonprofit, civilian education organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA sponsors professional development seminars and recognize excellences in the education and aerospace fields through national awards programs. AFA presents scholarships and grants to Air Force active duty, Air National Guards, and Air Force Reserve members and their dependents; and awards educator grants to promote science and math education at the elementary and secondary school level.

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