Volume: 04, Issue: 01 09/07/2005 
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Science Resources Aid Hurricane Katrina Response

All roads leading in and out of Biloxi, Miss. were destroyed or under water. When the water subsided, Highway 110 remained as the sole route in and out of the city. Image courtesy Gene Dailey/American Red Cross.  

Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the Gulf coast in the early morning hours of Aug. 29, 2005. With winds tearing into the area at speeds in excess of 150 miles per hour, the hurricane was one of the worst natural disasters in American history. As the affected region continues the grueling cleanup process, science instruments and satellites are helping characterize the extent of flooding; damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure; and potential health and safety hazards caused by the storm and its aftermath.

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Hurricane Katrina Strikes NASA Facilities

Damage to Building 103, the External Tank Manufacturing Building, at the Michoud Assembly Facility. Image courtesy NASA.  

As Hurricane Katrina roared across the Gulf Coast, three NASA facilities stood helplessly in her path. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. received only minor damage and is now providing support to two more significantly damaged facilities, Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and Michoud Assembly Facility just outside New Orleans.

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Cassini Discovers Enceladus Tiger Stripes are Cubs

This visual and infrared mapping spectrometer image of Enceladus shows the dark cracks at the south pole dubbed "tiger stripes." Image courtesy NASA/JPL.  

After a close flyby of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, scientists were fascinated by long, cracked features they dubbed “tiger stripes.” Recent discoveries indicate the stripes are very young, having been there for only between 10 and 1,000 years.

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Mars Mission Successes Delight Scientists

This mini-panorama was taken by Spirit on Aug. 23, 2005, just as the rover completed its intrepid climb up "Husband Hill." Image courtesy NASA/JPL- Caltech/Cornell.  

The enigmatic Red Planet continues to intrigue and excite researchers through its latest Mars missions. As the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter continues its long journey toward the planet, the durable Spirit rover is rewarding researchers with tempting scenes filled with evidence of past planet environments.

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NSTA Online Resources Help Students Understand Hurricanes

These satellite images are from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring mission (TRMM), Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) instrument from the Aqua satellite, and QuickSCAT respectively. Image courtesy NASA.  

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, science teachers across the United States are hoping to help their students understand how and why hurricanes occur. To support teachers in this endeavor, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is making the following online resources available free for the next several weeks.

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