MAVEN Teacher Workshop

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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.

“Science” on the Silver Screen

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Just announced…the topic for the 2014-2015 season of the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series is “Science” on the Silver Screen. The first presentation will be on Thursday, September 18 at 7:30 pm at USRA’s Lunar and Planetary Institute. Astronaut Dr. Stanley Love will be discussing the recent film “Gravity.”

Please note that for this free series, registration to attend is required, and seating is limited to 250. For more information, visit www.lpi.usra.edu/education/lectures.

JPL Mobile Apps

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Looking to explore your favorite space images in striking detail or take a virtual trip to Mars? The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has apps for that. All the best JPL science, images and more are available from several new JPL applications, including Space Images V2, Moon Tours, Be a Martian, and Space Place Prime. These apps will keep you informed and entertained no matter where you are.

National Community College Aerospace Scholars

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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.

Lunar Bridgehead: The Ranger 7 Story

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In the early days of lunar exploration, no one knew what the surface of the Moon was really like. Fifty years ago on July 31, 1964, NASA obtained the first close-up photographs of the Moon from Ranger 7, a spacecraft that made a historic impact that day. The short 1964 documentary “Lunar Bridgehead,” produced by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, chronicles the moments leading up to and following Ranger 7 mission’s lunar impact 50 years ago. The 29-minute film is available to watch online.