Texas Space Grant Consortium Teacher Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 19
Date: 02/23/2001

Table of Contents

Oh Heavens Above

This web site allows you to put in your location and find out what satellites are flying overhead. It also has a connection so that you can receive updates on when Space Station Mir will be brought back to earth. Share this in your classroom.

Project Astro for Grades 4-9

Project ASTRO is designed for teachers of grades 4 - 9. In the program each teacher will be matched with a volunteer astronomer from the local area, and learn how to use astronomy and space science activities to engage and motivate students. Go to the above URL or write to the National Project ASTRP Coordinator, ASP, 390 Ashton Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112

Landing on an Astroid!

NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft traveled its last mile, cruising to the surface of asteroid at a gentle 4 mph (1.9 meters per second)-finally coming to rest after its 2-billion-mile journey. Cheers and congratulations filled the Mission Operations Center at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., which built the spacecraft and manages the mission for NASA, when NEAR Mission Director Robert Farquhar announced, "I'm happy to say the spacecraft is safely on the surface of Eros." Share the latest pictures and news with your students at the above website.

NASA Wants You... To Identify Martian Craters

How would you like to take your entire community on a journey from spaceship Earth to places unknown? Challenger Center for Space Science Education's Window on the Universe program is creating a network of under-served communities dedicated to sustained science, math, and technology education, to do just this. This unique program brings valuable space science and human space flight experiences right to your front door, through educator workshops, classroom visits, educational field trips for the entire family, and other national resources. For more details on the program and to submit your application online or E-mail: wotu@challenger.org, Phone: 703/683-9740.

How to fly a spacecraft: on-line tutorial available

"The Basics of Space Flight," a popular, longtime Internet offering that teaches the essentials of operating interplanetary spacecraft, has been updated and is now available, courtesy of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Elementary and high school students make history

Nine budding scientists can all pat themselves on the back, having become the first-ever elementary and high school students to direct a camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft and image Martian sites. The images from the spacecraft, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., are available at the above URL. They reveal an equatorial region with layers of sediment possibly deposited by flowing water, layered terrain of a Martian polar cap and an area in the middle latitudes of Mars that features dunes, valleys and mysterious black boulders. Scientists don't yet know how the boulders got to this area.

Helping you Understand Weather

USA Today at "Helping you understand weather" archives a number of effective and quick loading animated gifs depicting weather phenomena relating to air masses, air pressure, El Nino, floods, hurricanes, lightning, optical effects, seasons, storms, winds, and more..

Share Your Ideas

Do you have a science or math Web site you've found especially helpful to your students? Send us the URL address and the grade level it best serves. We'll pass it on. Ideas should be sent to space_edu@tsgc.utexas.edu.

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