Texas Space Grant Consortium Teacher Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 21
Date: 03/23/2001

Table of Contents

Mir Dies in Blaze of Glory

"It was pretty stunning. There was something very peaceful about it. It is an emotional process. Very graceful." According to Russian Mission Control, at 12:55 a.m. EST (05:55 GMT, 8:55 a.m. Moscow time), the station was 50 km (31 mi) above the Earth's surface. Less than a minute later, it had fallen to 39 km (24 mi). At 12:58 a.m. EST (05:58 GMT, 8:55 a.m. Moscow time) fragments of the station hit the ocean. See the pictures, read full coverage, and browse through our archive of updates filed throughout the night.

Life Sciences and Engineering Support for Long Duration Space Flight

You are invited to attend The Texas Space Grant Consortium Spring 2001 Meeting "Life Sciences and Engineering Support for Long Duration Space Flight".  It will be held on May 17th and 18th at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas.  Please visit the meeting web site for more detailed information about the meeting. This meeting will address the Life Sciences and Engineering support of the Physiology, Radiation, and Psychological challenges that we must overcome to conduct long duration space flight.

Water in the Earth System online course for teachers

The American Meteorological Society (AMS), through funding from the National Science Foundation, is developing an Internet-based distance-learning course directed towards middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers. Water in the Earth System (WES) Online, incorporates inquiry-based instructional strategies and a holistic concept of Earth from oceanic, atmospheric and terrestrial water and problem-focused perspectives. Participants investigate the mass and energy flows associated with the global water cycle and with related issues.

Moon Hoax

Yes, there really is a Moon hoax, as you may have seen on tv lately, but the prankster isn't NASA. Moon rocks and common sense prove Apollo astronauts really did visit the Moon. Share the facts with your students.

Staying Cool on the ISS

In a strange new world where hot air doesn't rise and heat doesn't conduct, the International Space Station's thermal control systems maintain a delicate balance between the deep-freeze of space and the Sun's blazing heat.

Earthquake for kids

The Earth Science and Geography Resource Page sponsors Earthquakes for Kids  a comprehensive site with lesson plans, maps, ideas for earth science fairs, earthquake facts like,  The largest recorded earthquake in the world was a magnitude 9.5 (Mw) in Chile on May 22, 1960.,  and much more.  The site differentiates between resources for kids and resources for teachers.  There is also quick access to more technical information at regional centers relating to hazards and earthquake research.

Outer Planets/Solar Probe Educational Outreach

Outer Planets/Solar Probe Educational Outreach Pluto Express can truly involve and inspire our young people and serve as a model for overcoming the most difficult obstacles and achieving success as a nation and individuals. Experience with educational and public outreach activities indicate that interest in exploring Pluto, in a sense our "gateway to the stars," is high. The excitement of the technical challenges as well as the uniqueness of the endeavor provide fertile ground to engage students, teachers, and the public as active participants during all phases of the mission including development, cruise, encounter, and data analysis.

NSBRI Teacher Academy  July 16-27

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute will be conducting a Teacher Academy this summer on July 16-27.  The workshop will focus on current countermeasure research for muscle and bone loss during long duration space flight.  Benefits to participants: 6 hours of graduate credit, $750 stipend, new and exciting materials in space-based science, certification as an Academy Fellow, and $400 for conducting two days of training, and participation in two follow-up meetings at national conferences.

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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