Volume: 06, Issue: 11 11/12/2008 
2007 4th-6th grade 1st place mission patch winner.
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2007 7th-12th grade 1st place mission patch winner.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
Crew Expansion Prep, SARJ Repair Focus of STS-126
Mars Phoenix Lander Finishes Successful Work on Red Planet
Closest Planetary System Hosts Two Asteroid Belts
Online Chat About Astronomy & The Hubble Space Telescope

Fall & Winter Student Competitions

Check out these contests to keep your students excited about science both inside and outside the classroom.

Space Explorers Annual Mission Patch Contest

With every space flight, astronaut crews get to design a unique and personalized mission patch to represent their mission. These patches include information on the missionís purpose and goals. Each patch is unique in its shape and colors. Here is your studentsí chance to design their very own mission patches. Patches are due by Friday, December 14, 2008, and will be judged in two categories 4-6th grade and 7-12 grade.

For further details, please visit the following website:

Your NASA Dream Experience

This is a unique opportunity for a team of two students and one teacher to compete for an all-expenses-paid, 3-day job shadow experience at either the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, or the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The deadline for completing the application is midnight on December 15, 2008.

For more information, please visit the following website:

2008 National Astronomy Essay Contest

The contest is conducted to encourage and recognize students interested in astronomy and related scientific fields. Students ages 5-18 are eligible for prizes totaling $500. The deadline is December 21, 2008.

For more information, please visit the following website:

"Name the Hab" Challenge

NASA and the Challenger Center for Space Education have partnered to engage students in grades 6-10 in ongoing activities for one of NASA's concepts for astronaut housing on the Moon through a contest to name a habitat in Antarctica. Students will need to explain why this name should be used. The name should reflect the potential uses of inflatable habitats on Earth and other worlds. The deadline is November 20, 2008.

For more information, please visit the following website:

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