The new edition of the LPI Earth and Space Science Newsletter is now available online. Find out about workshops and courses, events, resources, mission news, and more.
Today the space shuttle replica Independence being lifted to its permanent home atop Space Center Houston’s historic space shuttle carrier aircraft (SCA). The SCA and Shuttle Attraction will be an unprecedented, international landmark exhibit that will open in 2015, stand over eight stories tall, and feature interactive exhibits for the public to explore.
Teachers, are your students obsessed with space? Looking for curriculum that blends science content and literacy skills? NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN)presents Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! A workshop for elementary teachers and educators.
MAVEN, the next Mars mission, arrives at Mars on September 21. This workshop will include a special appearance from Max Goes to Mars author, Jeffrey Bennet, dinner and lectures by MAVEN scientists, followed by a NASATV broadcast of the arrival. The event will take place on Sunday, September 21, from 1:00 to 8:30 pm at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), Space Sciences Building, 3665 Discovery Dr., Boulder, Colorado 80303. The registration fee is only $20 and covers coffee, snacks and dinner. Register online by September 15.
Community college students from across the nation are invited to apply to become National Community College Aerospace Scholars. Students who dream of having a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) career can learn more about what NASA does and how to become a part of the exciting future of space exploration. Details are available online, and there will be two informational webinars on August 11 at 9 am and 4 pm CDT. Applications are due August 18.
The Humans in Space Art Video Challenge is on! The Humans in Space Art Program and NASA’s International Space Station Program together invite college students and early career professionals to take a journey with us. Through the international Humans in Space Art Challenge, we invite you to explore “How will humans use space science, and technology to benefit humanity?” and to express your answer creatively in a video three minutes long or less. The deadline to submit a video is November 15, 2014.
Graduate and undergraduate students interested in pursuing impact crater studies are welcome to apply for the GSA Planetary Science Division’s Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award. Applications are due August 29, 2014.
Check out the online higher education resources in lunar science from the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration. There are classroom illustrations, laboratory exercises, computational tools, atlases, and more.
The LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration has prepared a series of video simulations of impact cratering processes for classroom use. The videos explore how impactor size and velocity, as well as target gravity and temperature, affect the sizes and morphologies of impact craters. The videos can be run in real time from the website or, if users prefer, downloaded to their own computers.
The Khan Academy, a not-for-profit organization providing free world-class education online for anyone anywhere, offers math and science content including physics, cosmology and astronomy. The Khan Academy has also partnered with NASA, the Exploratorium and the California Academy of Sciences among others to bring additional content to students, parents and teachers.