Volume: 06, Issue: 05 05/14/2008 
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STS-115 Atlantis launches from Kennedy Space Center. Image credit: NASA.
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Jet Power and Black Hole Assortment Revealed in New Chandra. Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al Radio: NSF/VLA/Univ. of Hertfordshire/M.Hardcastle et al. Optical: ESO/VLT/ISAAC/M.Rejkuba et al.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
NASA Phoenix Mission Ready for Mars Landing
Discovery of Most Recent Supernova in Our Galaxy
Send Your Name to the Moon With New Lunar Mission
A Space Experience

Exciting Teacher Opportunities

Check out these programs and workshops for educators looking to further their knowledge about weightless flight, rocketry, engineering, and black holes.

Northrop Grumman Foundation’s Weightless Flights of Discovery
Public school teachers in the Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; San Jose, CA; and Melbourne, FL areas can apply to Northrop Grumman to participate in Zero-G Educational flights. They will experience approximately 30 seconds of weightlessness. For more information about the Weightless Flights of Discovery program and to apply, please visit:

Advanced Rocketry: Bigger, Faster, Higher
Learn how to safely build and launch high-power rockets and earn the certification necessary to incorporate them into your classroom curriculum. Build and launch a 48-inch Patriot replica rocket kit capable of reaching altitudes of approximately one-quarter mile. To learn more, please visit the following website:

NASA Space, Science, and Engineering Workshop
Join NASA instructors for an “out-of-this-world” workshop that integrates space education resources with your science curriculum. Explore what it’s like to solve problems for space travel as your work through a series of hands-on engineering design challenges. For more information, please visit the following website:

Black Holes: Gravity’s Fatal Attraction Teacher Workshop
Keep pace with the latest science research, engage in standards-based classroom activities, and explore ways to make science fun as you work side by side with Penn State faculty. This workshop introduces the predicted properties of black holes, the astronomical evidence for their existence, and their importance in the cosmos. Please visit the following website for more information:

INSPIRE Counselors Needed
The Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience, also known as INSPIRE, is seeking educators to supervise high school students during eight-week summer internships. Positions are available at several locations across the U.S. One counselor will be selected for each of the ten NASA Field Centers. The position requires a professional educator to coordinate NASA INSPIRE activities within the NASA Center region. The INSPIRE Counselor will be the designated point of contact for INSPIRE participants at the assigned NASA Center. Training will be provided prior to the assignment. Applications are due May 30, 2008. To learn more about this opportunity and how to apply, please visit the following website:

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