October 2010 Education Update

October 2010: NASA Earth and Space Science Education E-Newsletter

A monthly broadcast including upcoming educational programs, events, opportunities and the latest resources from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.


UPCOMING PROGRAMS & EVENTS

NEW IN THIS ISSUE

(1) Earth Science Week (Oct. 10-16)

(2) GLOBE Climate and Land Cover Event (Oct. 10-16)

(3) USA Science and Engineering Festival (Oct. 10-24)

(4) ISS EarthKAM Fall 2010 Mission (Oct. 12-15)

(5) Student Scientist Observation Campaign with A-Train Satellites (Oct. 18-Nov. 5; Symposium Oct. 25-28, New Orleans, La.)

(6) Climate Change Education Goals and Objectives Workshop (Oct. 21-22; Washington, DC)

(7) “Making Citizen Observations a Global Vision” Annual College and University Student Essay Contest (Due Oct. 22)

(8) Teacher Training Opportunity: Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Program – K-12 (Oct. 25 – 29; Apple Valley, Calif.)

(9) 2010 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest- Grades 5-12 (Oct. 27 deadline)

(10) NASA Teacher Workshops at NSTA Regional Conferences (Kansas City: Oct. 28-30; Baltimore, Md.: Nov. 11-13; Nashville, Tenn.: Dec. 2-4)

(11) Great World Wide Star Count (Oct. 29-Nov. 12)

(12) IGES Art Contest: My Place in Space! – Grades 2-4 (Entries due Nov. 1)

(13) 5th Annual Rice University Sally Ride Festival – Grades 5-8 (Nov. 6; Houston, Texas)

(14) 2011 NASA College and University Faculty Workshops (Dec. 11-12, San Francisco, Calif.; Jan. 18-19, Minneapolis, Minn.; Feb. 24-25, San Diego, Calif.)

(15) Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education

(16) Solar Dynamics Observatory Ambassador in the Classroom

*PREVIOUSLY BROADCAST

(17) Climate Change Web Seminars (Oct. 6 – Oct. 28)

(18) Celebrate World Space Week (Oct. 4 – 10)

(19) Astronomy Camp Workshop for Girl Scout Leaders – K-12 (Oct. 8-10, Tucson, Az.)

(20) Call for Papers: International Space University’s 15th Annual International Symposium (Oct. 8 deadline; Symposium Feb. 15 – 17, 2011; Strasbourg, France)

(21) Global Climate Change Education for Middle School – Educator Training (Oct. 27-Dec. 10)

(22) RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge Phase 1: For High School Students and Teachers (Dec. 15 deadline)

(23) A Day At Goddard: Opportunity for DC Metro Teachers – Grades 8-12


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

(24) NASA Astrobiology Institute Minority Institution Research Support Program (Due Oct. 7)


EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

(25) Newly Redesigned Space Math@NASA

(26) New on the Space Place Website: Aim for Discoveries!


SCIENCE NEWS

(27) NASA and NSF-Funded Research Finds First Potentially Habitable Exoplanet (Sept. 29)

(28) NASA’s EPOXI Mission Sets Up for Comet Flyby (Sept. 30)

(29) NASA Uses 3 Satellites to See Strengthening Tropical Storm Nicole (Sept. 30)

(30) NASA Mission Shows Evolution of Conditions at Edge of Solar System (Sept. 30)

(31) Atmosphere Checked, One Mars Year Before Landing (Sept. 29)

(32) Lake Mead at Lowest Level in 54 Years, Landsat Observes (Sept. 23)

(33) Watch Out for the Super Harvest Moon (Sept. 22)

(34) Solar Storms Can Change Directions, Surprising Forecasters (Sept. 21)

(35) NASA Funded Study Shows Desert Dust Cuts Colorado River Flow (Sept. 20)

(36) Landsat Used to Assess Pesticide Exposure (Sept. 17)

(37) NASA’s Lunar Spacecraft Completes Exploration Mission Phase (Sept. 15)

(38) NASA Hosts Live Bilingual Web Chat With Pilot of Drone Aircraft (Sept. 15)

(39) Closest Encounter with Jupiter Until 2022 (Sept. 15)

(40) This Planet Smells Funny (Sept. 13)

(41) Amateur Astronomers Are First to Detect Objects Impacting Jupiter (Sept. 9)

(42) NASA Data Shed New Light About Water and Volcanoes on Mars (Sept. 9)

(43) Landsat Reveal Surprising Connection Between Beetle Attacks, Wildfire (Sept. 8)

(44) NASA Scientists Talk About Asteroids Passing Near Earth (Sept. 7)

(45) NASA Selects Investigations for First Mission to Encounter the Sun (Sept. 2)


UPCOMING PROGRAMS & EVENTS

NEW IN THIS ISSUE

(1) EARTH SCIENCE WEEK

(Oct. 10-16)

“Exploring Energy” is the theme of this year’s Earth Science Week. The American Geological Institute hosts Earth Science Week annually in cooperation with various sponsors to engage people in Earth science and encourage stewardship of Earth. NASA has contributed many resources to an educator kit designed to help teachers engage students in Earth science before, during and after this special week. In addition, NASA has created an Earth Science Week Website (http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2010 ) containing videos and other educational resources to help bring Earth science into the classroom. A kick-off video about NASA’s contributions to Earth Science Week is available now, and during Earth Science Week three short videos will be rolled out demonstrating NASA educational activities on the following topics: hurricanes, remote sensing and thermal energy.

For more information on Earth Science Week and ordering an educator kit, please visit: http://www.earthsciweek.org

(2) GLOBE EVENT: CLIMATE CHANGE AND TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS

(Oct. 10-16)

Teachers: Are your students interested in exploring how terrestrial ecosystems impact climate? Maybe they want to learn more about how climate change is impacting terrestrial ecosystems. In either case, GLOBE is pleased to invite you to participate in the GLOBE Climate and Land Cover Event. This event will help scientists develop better climate models through student submission of digital photos of a local land cover site. All schools are invited to participate – urban, rural and everyone in between! Fore more information view the event description at: http://globe.gov/events/climate-land-cover

(3) USA SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FESTIVAL

(Oct. 10-24, Washington, D.C.)

The inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival is the country’s first national science festival. The Festival is a grassroots collaboration of over 500 of the nation’s leading science organizations, and promises to be a multi-disciplinary celebration of science in the United States. A number of events are scheduled to take place from Oct. 10-24, with the Festival culminating with a free, two-day Expo on the National Mall. The Expo will feature over 1,500 hands-on science activities, and over 75 stage shows and performances. For those unable to make the trip to Washington, D.C., satellite events are being offered around the nation.

For more information on the festival, please visit: http://www.usasciencefestival.org/

(4) ISS EARTHKAM FALL 2010 MISSION

(Oct. 12-15)

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Fall 2010 Mission from Oct. 12-15. This opportunity allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the ISS EarthKAM home page at: http://www.EarthKAM.ucsd.edu

(5) STUDENT SCIENTIST OBSERVATION CAMPAIGN WITH A-TRAIN SATELLITES

(Oct. 18-Nov. 5; Symposium Oct. 25-28, New Orleans, La.)

Students and teachers are invited to participate in a worldwide A-Train Student Scientist Observation Campaign that will occur Oct. 18 through Nov. 5. The observation campaign will occur in conjunction with the second International Symposium on the A-Train Satellite Constellation 2010, which will take place in New Orleans, La., from Oct. 25-28. The campaign provides a unique opportunity for students to make and report ground-based observations which are coordinated with the overpass of four A-Train satellites (Aqua, Aura, CALIPSO, and CloudSAT). Teachers can apply the campaign’s activities to the ongoing science, math, and writing lessons tied to their curricula. A-Train scientists will also share A-Train imagery and data about Earth topics, such as sea ice and hurricanes, and will discuss these topics of interest through an A-Train Symposium Activities Blog (http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/elgg ).

Information on both the symposium and the observation campaign can be found here: http://a-train-neworleans2010.larc.nasa.gov/

(6) CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION GOALS AND OBJECTIVES WORKSHOP

(Oct. 21-22; Washington, DC)

A workshop on Climate Change Education convened by the Roundtable on Climate Chang Education of the National Academy of Sciences will address the current status of climate change education, broadly defined. The workshop will include expert panel discussions and small group discussions of goals of climate change education; barriers and challenges that are inherent to educating diverse audiences about climate change; and strategies to overcome barriers. Go to: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bose/Climate_Change_Education_Homepage.html (scroll down to Workshop 1, towards the bottom of the page)

(7) “MAKING CITIZEN OBSERVATIONS A GLOBAL VISION” ANNUAL COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST

(Due Oct. 22)

Earthzine (a publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) announces its second global essay and blogging competition for college and university students. This year’s theme is “Making Citizen Observations a Global Vision,” which seeks to explore the benefits and challenges of the collaborative role citizens observers play in the collection and validation of Earth observations. Winning essays will explore and debate concepts related to the contest’s theme, and should be related to one or more of Earthzine’s focal topics (agriculture, biodiversity, climate, disasters, ecosystems, energy, health, water, or weather).

The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate college and university students who are currently enrolled in any program of study (at least half-time) at any accredited institution worldwide. Winners will receive certificated of award, share $1,200 in cash prizes (with $500 for first place), as well as international recognition afforded by Earthzine publication.

For more information, please visit: http://www.earthzine.org/2010/07/28/earthzines-second-annual-college-and-university-student-essay-and-blogging-contest-theme-%E2%80%9Cmaking-citizen-observations-a-global-vision%E2%80%9D/

(8) TEACHER TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: GOLDSTONE APPLE VALLEY RADIO TELESCOPE PROGRAM (GRADES K-12)

(Oct. 25-29; Apple Valley, Calif.)

The Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT) Program uses radio astronomy to provide real science experience to students and teach them that science is an ongoing process. Using classroom computers, students take control of a 34-meter, 500-ton, 9-story-tall radio telescope located at NASA’s Deep Space Network at Goldstone, Calif. Interested teachers must attend a five-day training class. Classes will take place in Apple Valley, Calif. Upcoming classes: Oct. 25-29. The cost of the class is $745. Register, via: http://www.lewiscenter.org/gavrt/opportunities.php

(9) 2010 CASSINI SCIENTIST FOR A DAY ESSAY CONTEST FOR GRADES 5-12

(Entries due Oct. 27, 3:00 p.m. Eastern.)

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three target images taken by the Cassini spacecraft and choose the one they think will yield the best results. This choice must be supported in a 500-word essay. Teaming up is encouraged. Winners will participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists. The contest is open to all students in the U.S. in grades 5-12, working alone or in groups of up to four students. For more information, visit: http://saturn.jpl.nasa/gov/scientistforaday/

(10) NASA TEACHER WORKSHOPS AT NSTA REGIONAL CONFERENCES

(Kansas City: Oct. 28-30; Baltimore: Nov. 11-13; Nashville: Dec. 2-4)

Attend NASA workshops at three upcoming NSTA regional conferences. The first, in Kansas City, will focus on the theme “Science: The Foundation of the Future.” The conference strands focus on Data-driven Learning, Developing and Communicating Conceptual Understanding for All Students, and Scientific Innovation: Applying Science in the Real World. The following NASA-related sessions will be held:

  • NASA CERES S’COOL Project: Be a S’COOL Cloud Observer
  • NASA Education Resources: Going Beyond Space Sciences
  • Activities That Connect the Science You Teach to Your School’s Math Curriculum
  • Cosmic Times: Relating Astronomy History to Science Inquiry
  • MY NASA DATA: Your Students Can Be Earth Scientists
  • Small Bodies, Big Concepts: Planetary Science
  • NASA Explorer Schools: Preparing the Next Generation of Explorers
  • NASA’s High-Energy Vision: Chandra and the X-Ray Universe
  • Discovering the EM Spectrum with NASA
  • What’s Your Cosmic Connection to the Elements?
  • Engaging Students with Math and Science Through Global Issues
  • Astronomy at the Edge: Mysterious Black Holes Revealed
  • NASA Brings You Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Engaging Climate Change: Global Connections and Sustainable Solutions

To register and learn more about the conference, please visit: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2010bal/?lid=exp

(11) GREAT WORLD WIDE STAR COUNT

(Oct. 29-Nov. 12)

The Windows to the Universe project announces its upcoming citizen science campaign – the Great World Wide Star Count. In this campaign participants will make observations of the magnitude of either the constellation Cygnus (for the northern hemisphere) or Sagittarius (for the southern hemisphere) using magnitude charts and report their observations online. All observations will be assembled to see the effect of light pollution on our ability to view the night sky.

To learn more, please visit: http://windows2universe.org/citizen_science/starcount/

(12) IGES ART CONTEST: MY PLACE IN SPACE! – GRADES 2-4

(Entries due Nov. 1)

TheInstitute for Global Environmental Strategies has announced the theme for its annual art contest: My Place in Space! IGES invites students grades 2-4 to explore the solar system and beyond, and then produce a picture showing what they have learned. The first-, second-, and third-place artists will receive $100, $75 and $50 gift cards, respectively, framed color certificates, and their artwork will be showcased on the IGES website.

For more information, please visit: http://www.strategies.org/artcontest

(13) 5TH ANNUAL RICE UNIVERSITY SALLY RIDE FESTIVAL – GRADES 5-8

(Nov. 6, 11 A.M-4 P.M.; Houston, Texas)

The Rice University Sally Ride Festival for 5th-8th grade girls is now open for registration. The festival will include a street fair, lunch, and an inspirational talk by astronaut Wendy Lawrence, This will be followed by two hands-on workshops in the afternoon, culminating with an atmospheric science balloon launch.

For more information, and to register, please visit: https://www.sallyridescience.com/festivals/10rice1106 Groups from Title-1 schools are encouraged. There are a limited number of sponsored registrations for deserving girls. Please contact umbe@rice.edu for the special link for registration.

(14) 2011 NASA COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY FACULTY WORKSHOPS

(Dec. 11-12, San Francisco, Calif.; Jan. 18-19, Minneapolis, Minn.; Feb. 24-25, San Diego, Calif.)

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010-2011 Faculty Institutes for NASA Earth and Space Science Education (FINESSE). These two-day workshops are to assist university and community college science and education faculty in preparing future teachers in science. The 2011 Institutes will incorporate the theme of Our Solar System in a New Light, in conjunction with the upcoming Year of the Solar System. The workshops are free, and participants receive a $300 stipend and lunch, and development implementation plans.

To apply, and for more information, please visit: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/facultyInstitutes/

(15) LIFELINES FOR HIGH SCHOOL CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION

Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education is a project to establish professional learning (PLCs) of high school teachers aimed at implementing effective teaching of climate change in existing courses. PLCs will identify the best resources to use and share best practices. PLCs will have telemeetings, and explore techniques to achieve the most effective ways to communicate without travel. In this way, we will both teach and promote minimizing environmental impacts. We will also have presentations by Climate scientists.

If you are interested in joining a Lifeline PLC, please apply at: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/gss/lifelines/

(16) SOLAR DYNAMICS OBSERVATORY (SDO) AMBASSADOR IN THE CLASSROOM

Let NASA take over your classroom for the day! Teachers in the DC Metro area and southern Pennsylvania are eligible for a visit from an SDO educator or scientist. Your students will learn about solar clocks, Earth’s place in the solar system, electricity and magnetism, the electromagnetic spectrum, and the Doppler effect. Visits are free, include all supplies for the activity, and can be customized for each teacher. Register at: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/epo/educators/ambassador.php

*PREVIOUSLY BROADCAST*

(17) CLIMATE CHANGE WEBINARS FOR TEACHERS

(Next Webinar Oct. 6)

Join Windows to the Universe educators this fall for free 90-minute live seminars highlighting science content and classroom activities on topics related to climate change. Offered through the National Science Teachers Association, these seminars are a part of the NASA-funded Global Climate Change Educator Professional Development Network. All Webinars start at 6:30 P.M. EDT. For webinar topics, registration and other climate change education resources associated with the project, please visit: http://www.windows2universe.org/teacher_resources/main/gccepdn_main.html

(18) CELEBRATE WORLD SPACE WEEK

(Oct. 4-10)

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2010. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957. To find NASA educational resources that can be used during World Space Week, visit the Educational Materials Finder: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true

To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit: http://www.worldspaceweek.org/index.html

(19) ASTRONOMY CAMP WORKSHOP FOR GIRL SCOUT LEADERS

(Oct. 8-10, Tucson, Ariz.)

Girl Scout leaders are welcomed to apply for the next GSUSA Astronomy Camp training on Oct. 8-10, 2010. Held in Tucson, Az. at the Hacienda Center of the Sahuaro Council, this weekend workshop is a science education program sponsored by the near-infrared camera team (NIRCam) for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Participants will learn to teach young women essential concepts in astronomy. The workshop engages leaders in the process of scientific inquiry and equips them to host astronomy-related activities at the troop level. Questions should be directed to Dr. Don McCarthy at dmccarthy@as.arizona.edu

For more information and to obtain registration materials, please visit: http://zeus.as.arizona.edu/~dmccarthy/GSUSA/index.htm

(20) CALL FOR PAPERS FOR INTERNATIONAL SPACE UNIVERSITY’S (ISU) 15TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

(Call for Papers deadline Oct. 8; Symposium Feb. 15 – 17; Strasbourg, France)

ISU has organized a three-day symposium as an interdisciplinary forum to help both the users and providers of space-related systems to move forward in the formation of solutions. This symposium will address the opportunities offered by extending the operation of the International Space Station (ISS) to 2020. The proposed scope of the symposium includes not just the centralized theme of how to make best use of the extended ISS life, but also related issues of commercialization. The program will include invited contributions from leading experts in the field, as well as presentations and poster selected on the basis of abstracts submitted in response to the Call for Papers.

Abstracts are now invited and must be submitted by Oct. 8th, 2010. For more information, please visit: http://www.isunet.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&Itemid=146

(21) GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

(Oct. 27 – Dec. 10; 45 hours, 3 Graduate Credits)

Developed by PBS TeacherLine as part of the NASA Global Climate Change Education (GCCE) initiative, this online course is designed to improve the quality of the nation’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and enhance students’ and teachers’ literacy about global climate and Earth system change from middle grades to lifelong learners. This course integrates NASA data models and NASA resources, as well as PBS resources from WGBH’s Teachers’ Domain and from PBS programs like NOVA in classroom instruction. This is the first of two courses developed under this grant. The second, Global Climate Change Education for High School will launch in May of 2011.

To learn more and register, please visit: http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/courses/STEM412/

(22) REALWORLD-INWORLD NASA ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGE PHASE 1: FOR HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS (Deadline for Phase 1 is Dec. 15)

The “RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge” encourages students to explore and build skills necessary for STEM careers through two phases of project-based learning and team competition. In Phase 1, teams work cooperatively as engineers and scientists to explore and design solutions for one of two real-world problems related to the James Webb Space Telescope. Only teams who submit their final project solutions by Dec. 15, 2010 will be eligible to move into Phase 2. In Phase 2, groups will work in a 3D virtual environment using 21st Century tools to refine designs and create 3D models of the Webb telescope. For more information, go to: http://www.nasarealworldinworld.org/

(23) A DAY AT GODDARD: OPPORTUNITY FOR DC METRO TEACHERS (Grades 8-12)

Teachers in the DC Metro area are invited to bring their students to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for a day spent learning what it is like to work for NASA. Field trips include a meet-and-greet at the visitor’s center featuring a scientist and engineer, a demonstration of the Science on a Sphere program, a tour of the satellite testing facility and an inquiry based science lab activity. Programs are highly customizable, teacher-friendly and designed for grades 8-12. Contact Aleya Van Doren (aleya.vandoren@nasa.gov) with your desired date and class information to reserve your spot. Slots fill up quickly so register today!>

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

(24) NASA ASTROBIOLOGY INSTITUTE MINORITY INSTITUTION RESEARCH SUPPORT PROGRAM

(Proposals Due: Oct. 7)

The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program is intended to help train a new generation of researchers in astrobiology and to increase diversity within the astrobiology community. This solicitation seeks proposals to continue the process of recruiting and retaining underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by involving faculty and students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in astrobiology research.

NASA is soliciting proposals from accredited US institutions of higher education, non-profit higher education professional organizations, and consortia of those types of organizations and institutions. Proposals from MSIs and non-profit organizations serving underrepresented students are strongly encouraged. Other organizations, including for-profit organizations, with a demonstrable capability to engage minority populations are also eligible to propose.

The full text of the solicitation can be found at: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/. The point-of-contact for all questions is Ms. Beatrice Morales at beatrice.m.morales@nasa.gov.

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EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

(25) NEWLY REDESIGNED SPACE MATH@NASA

The Space Math @ NASA website has been re-designed: http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Besides having a new design layout, the site has added new topics and resources in the areas of math and science. These topics include ‘Algebra 2′ and ‘Black Holes,’ among many others.

(26) NEW ON THE SPACE PLACE WEBSITE: AIM FOR DISCOVERIES!

Just as important as the spacecraft NASA sends to explore the solar system is the network of transceivers here at home that let us communicate with them. The new “Uplink-Downlink” game on The Space Place is a fun way to see how it works. The spacecraft are so far away, they might as well be stationary in the sky as Earth turns below. Three different antennas (dish-type radio telescopes) of the Deep Space Network (DSN) pass by one at a time below as Earth turns. Your job in the game is to aim the moving antenna at a spacecraft, transmit a command, then receive 100% of the data sent back from as many as five spacecraft before the game is over. Play “DSN Uplink-Downlink” at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/dsn

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SCIENCE NEWS

(27) NASA AND NSF-FUNDED RESEARCH FINDS FIRST POTENTIALLY HABITABLE EXOPLANET

Sept. 29 – A team of planet hunters from the University of California-Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington has announced the discovery of a planet with three times the mass of Earth orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the star’s “habitable zone.”
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/universe/features/gliese_581_feature.html

(28) NASA’S EPOXI MISSION SETS UP FOR COMET FLYBY

Sept. 30 – Navigators and mission controllers for NASA’s EPOXI mission watched their computer screens as 23.6 million kilometers (14.7 million miles) away, their spacecraft successfully performed its 20th trajectory correction maneuver.
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2010-317

(29) NASA USES 3 SATELLITES TO SEE STRENGTHENING TROPICAL STORM NICOLE

Sept 30 – Tropical Storm Nicole was a tropical storm for around six hours before it weakened into a remnant low pressure area and is now off the Florida coast. NASA Satellite imagery captured different views of Nicole’s clouds as the system weakened back into a low pressure area.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hurricanes/archives/2010/h2010_Nicole.html

(30) NASA MISSION SHOWS EVOLUTION OF CONDITIONS AT EDGE OF SOLAR SYSTEM

Sept. 30 – New data from NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, spacecraft, reveal that conditions at the edge of our solar system may be much more dynamic than previously thought.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/sep/HQ_10-233_IBEX_Findings.html

(31) ATMOSPHERE CHECKED, ONE MARS YEAR BEFORE LANDING

Sept. 29 – An instrument studying the Martian atmosphere from orbit has begun a four-week campaign to characterize daily atmosphere changes, one Mars year before the arrival of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity. A Mars year equals 687 Earth days.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/MRO/news/mro20100929.html

(32) LAKE MEAD AT LOWEST LEVEL IN 54 YEARS, LANDSAT OBSERVES

Sept. 23 – In August 2010, Lake Mead reached its lowest level since 1956. The largest reservoir in the United States was straining from persistent drought and increasing human demand.
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=45945

(33) WATCH OUT FOR THE SUPER HARVEST MOON

Sept 22 – For the first time in almost 20 years, northern autumn began on the night of a full Moon. The coincidence set the stage for a “Super Harvest Moon” and a must-see sky show to mark the change of the season.
https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/22sep_harvestmoon/

(34) SOLAR STORMS CAN CHANGE DIRECTIONS, SURPRISING FORECASTERS

Sept. 21 – Researchers using data from NASA’s STEREO spacecraft have found that solar storms don’t always travel in a straight line. This adds a surprising new twist to the science of space weather forecasting.
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/21sep_zigzag/

(35) NASA FUNDED STUDY SHOWS DESERT DUST CUTS COLORADO RIVER FLOW

Sept. 20 – Snow melt in the Colorado River basin is occurring earlier, reducing runoff and the amount of crucial water available downstream. A new study shows this is due to increased dust caused by human activities in the region during the past 150 years.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/sep/HQ_10-229_Colorado_River_Dust.html

(36) LANDSAT USED TO ASSESS PESTICIDE EXPOSURE

Sept. 17 – In a recent International Journal of Health Geographics article, Susan Maxwell and colleagues have used Landsat data to assess pesticide exposure in California.
http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/news/news-archive/news_0301.html

(37) NASA’S LUNAR SPACECRAFT COMPLETES EXPLORATION MISSION PHASE

Sept. 15 – NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) completed the exploration phase of its mission on Sept. 16, after a number of successes that transformed our understanding of Earth’s nearest neighbor.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/sep/HQ_10-223_LRO_Success.html

(38) NASA HOSTS LIVE BILINGUAL WEB CHAT WITH PILOT OF DRONE AIRCRAFT

Sept. 15 – NASA hosted a bilingual online chat on Thursday, Sept. 23 with pilot Herman Posada. He pilots the agency’s Ikhana and Global Hawk unmanned aircraft into dangerous conditions such as wildfires and hurricanes. This is the first chat hosted by NASA in both Spanish and English
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/sep/M10-132_Posada_Chat.html

(39) CLOSEST ENCOUNTER WITH JUPITER UNTIL 2022

Sept. 15 – On the night of Sept. 20, Jupiter will have its closest encounter with Earth in more than a decade.
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/15sep_jupiter/

(40) THIS PLANET SMELLS FUNNY

Sept. 13 – To the surprise of astronomers who have been studying the giant planet GJ 436b in the constellation Leo using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the planet has very little methane.
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/13sep_funnyplanet/

(41) AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS ARE FIRST TO DETECT OBJECTS IMPACTING JUPITER

Sept. 9 – Amateur astronomers using backyard telescopes were the first to detect two small objects that burned up in Jupiter’s atmosphere on June 3 and Aug. 20.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/sep/HQ_217_Amateur_Astronomers_on_Jupiter_Hits.html

(42) NASA DATA SHED NEW LIGHT ABOUT WATER AND VOLCANOES ON MARS

Sept. 9 – Data from NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander suggested liquid water has interacted with the Martian surface throughout the planet’s history and into modern times. The research also provides new evidence that volcanic activity has persisted on the Red Planet into geologically recent times, several million years ago.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/sep/HQ_10-216_Mars_Water.html

(43) LANDSAT REVEAL SURPRISING CONNECTION BETWEEN BEETLE ATTACKS, WILDFIRE

Sept. 8 – Regions affected by mountain pine beetles are so large the NASA satellites, such as Landsat, can detect areas of beetle-killed forest from space. NASA has released a new video about how scientists can use Landsat imagery to map these pine beetle outbreaks, and what impact the beetle damage might have on forest fire.
http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/news/news-archive/sci_0031.html

(44) NASA SCIENTISTS TALK ABOUT ASTEROIDS PASSING NEAR EARTH

Sept 7 – Two asteroids passed within the moon’s distance from Earth on Sept. 8. NASA scientists were available for satellite interviews to discuss these near-Earth objects.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/sep/HQ_M10-128_Asteroids_Pass_By.html

(45) NASA SELECTS INVESTIGATIONS FOR FIRST MISSION TO ENCOUNTER THE SUN

Sept. 2 – NASA has begun development of a mission to visit and study the sun closer than ever before. The unprecedented project, named Solar Probe Plus, is slated to launch no later than 2018.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/sep/HQ_10_208_Solar_Probe_Plus.html

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CALENDAR

Oct. 4-10 – World Space Week, http://www.worldspaceweek.org/index.html
Oct. 6 – Climate Change Webinar for Teachers: Global Climate Change and the Earth System http://www.windows2universe.org/teacher_resources/main/gccepdn_main.html
Oct. 7- Proposals Due for NASA Astrobiology Institute Minority Institution Research Support Program, http://nspires.nasaprs.com/
Oct. 7-9 - National Science Teachers Association’s Fall Professional Learning Communities Institute http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2010/plcinstitute.aspx?lid=tnavhp
Oct. 8 - Deadline, Call for Papers: International Space University’s 15th Annual International Symposium http://www.isunet.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&Itemid=146
Oct. 8-10 – Astronomy Camp Workshop for Girl Scout Leaders http://zeus.as.arizona.edu/~dmccarthy/GSUSA/index.htm
Oct. 10-16 - Earth Science Week: Exploring Energy, http://www.earthsciweek.org/
Oct. 10-16 – GLOBE Event: Climate Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems http://globe.gov/events/climate-land-cover
Oct. 10-24 – USA Science and Engineering Festival http://www.usasciencefestival.org/
Oct. 12-15 - ISS EarthKAM Fall 2010 Mission http://www.EarthKAM.ucsd.edu
Oct. 14 – Math and Science Partnership Proposals Due http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5756&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Oct. 18-Nov. 5 - Student Scientist Observation Campaign with A-Train Satellites http://a-train-neworleans2010.larc.nasa.gov
Oct. 21-22 - Climate Change Education Goals and Objectives Workshop http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bose/Climate_Change_Education_Homepage.html
Oct. 22 – “Making Citizen Observations a Global Vision” Annual College and University Student Essay Contest Entries Due http://www.earthzine.org/2010/07/28/earthzines-second-annual-college-and-university-student-essay-and-blogging-contest-theme-%E2%80%9Cmaking-citizen-observations-a-global-vision%E2%80%9D/
Oct. 25-28 - International Symposium on the A-Train Satellite Constellation 2010, http://a-train-neworleans2010.larc.nasa.gov/
Oct. 25-29 - Teacher Training Opportunity: Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Program http://www.lewiscenter.org/gavrt/opportunities.php
Oct. 27 – Deadline: 2010 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest – Grades 5-12 http://saturn.jpl.nasa/gov/scientistforaday/
Oct. 27-Dec. 10 – Global Climate Change Education for Middle School http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/courses/STEM412/
Oct. 28-30 – Science: The Foundation of the Future – National Science Teachers Association 2010 Area Conference, Kansas City http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2010kan/?lid=exp
Oct. 29 - Great World Wide Star Count http://windows2universe.org/citizen_science/starcount/
Nov. 1 - IGES Art Contest: My Place in Space! Entries Due http://www.strategies.org/artcontest
Nov. 6 – 5th Annual Rice University Sally Ride Festival – Grades 5-8 https://www.sallyridescience.com/festivals/10rice1106
Nov. 11-13 – NSTA Conference on Science Education, Baltimore http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2010bal/?lid=exp
Dec. 11-12 – FINESSE Workshop at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/facultyInstitutes/
Dec. 15 – Deadline to Submit Phase 1 Project Solution for RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge, http://www.nasarealworldinworld.org/
Jan. 18-19, 2011 – FINESSE Workshop at The Association for Science Teacher Education International Conference http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/facultyInstitutes/
Feb. 24-25, 2011 - FINESSE Workshop at the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs National Conference http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/facultyInstitutes/


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

NASA Science Mission Directorate: Larry Cooper, Stephanie Stockman and Ming-Ying Wei.

Editor: Theresa Schwerin, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), theresa_schwerin@strategies.org.

Writer: Morgan Woroner, IGES, morgan_woroner@strategies.org.

Contributions from: Alan Gould, University of California-Berkeley; Becca Hatheway, UCAR; Jan Heiderer, The GLOBE Program; Roberta Johnson Killeen, National Earth Science Teacher Association; Nancy Leon, NASA JPL; Sten Odenwald, Space Math @ NASA; Paul Racette, Earthzine; Patricia Reiff, Rice Space Institute; Amber Richards, Science Systems and Applications, Inc.


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