LPI Earth and Space Science Newsletter
Interview with Frank Drake, the Founder of SETI, Now on YouTube
As part of the celebration of the beginning of the 30th year of the SETI Institute, a 2012 interview with the "father of SETI science," astronomer Frank Drake, is now available on YouTube.
SciJinks Weather Website
NOAA and NASA have joined forces to create the ultimate weather web site for middle-school students. SciJinks offers exciting and accessible content, games, and multimedia. There are videos, printable images and posters, and help for teachers. The site also provides content by topic, such as clouds, tides, oceans, atmosphere, seasons, and satellites.
NASA’s web site brings the exciting science of climate change and sustainability to life. Targeting students in the upper-elementary grades, the site features interactive games, hands-on activities, and engaging articles. With a special section for educators, Climate Kids offers much for parents and teachers as well. Learn how global changes affect the planet over time using the interactive Climate Time Machine.
Video Recordings of Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series
The Lunar and Planetary Institute records its quarterly lecture series; recordings are freely available to watch online. Recent topics included "Solar Storm: Space Weather's Impacts on Society and the Economy" and "The 2013 Chelyabinsh Air Burst and the Hazards of Near-Earth Asteroid Impacts." Older videos are available by clicking on the Speaker Series Archive link.
Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary Video
Using photo mosaics and elevation data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), this video commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8's historic flight by recreating the moment when the crew first saw and photographed the Earth rising from behind the Moon. This three-minute visualization provides the view from both inside and outside the spacecraft accompanied by the onboard audio of the astronauts.
Magnetic Fields of the Earth and Sun Activity
This activity for grades 5-12 invites students to learn about the similarities and differences between the magnetic fields of the Earth and Sun. Students use a handheld magnetic field detector to observe behaviors of the magnetic fields, especially in sunspot areas.
NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) team has developed a wide array of educational products focused on many aspects of precipitation, Earth’s water cycle, NASA mission science and engineering, and much, much more! Resources include activities, lesson plans, videos, posters, and articles, as well as more in-depth information about the GPM mission.
Visualization of 56 Years of Tornadoes in the US
Using information from data.gov, tech blogger John Nelson has created this spectacular image of tornado paths in the US over a 56 year period. The graphic categorizes the storms by F-scale with the brighter neon lines representing more violent storms.