VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 49
Date: 6/1/2002

Table of Contents

NASA Kids - Building the International Space Station

The International Space Station is growing. Atlantis docked with the Station on April 10th, ready to do construction work on the Station. The STS-110 crew is adding a new 43-foot long beam called S0 (S-Zero). This isn't a simple, ho-hum job. The work will take four long spacewalks. Astronauts will go outside in teams of two, for as long as 6 1/2 hours at a time. Just like construction workers on an office building, they will assemble beams, add work lights, bolt girders, and plug in electrical wires. They won't be out there alone, though. Both robot arms, one on Atlantis and the other on Station, will be working, too. The arms will move the beam and the astronauts as they work. It's all in a day's work, but what a day! Teachers, show your students what is involved. See the above referenced website.

Challenging the Space Frontier Grades 3-5, 6-8

Teachers and Students, join astronaut pioneers on their journeys to the moon and beyond. Your Mission: Since the beginning of time, people have looked up at the stars and dreamed of going to space to explore other planets. For many years, this was just a dream, but in the past 40 years, it has become a reality. In the 1960s, the Soviet Union and the United States were in a frantic race to get to space first. The Soviets took an early lead by sending the first person into space, but then the Americans caught up by sending the first man to the moon. Space exploration continues. Your Mission as a student: Learn about three space missions - Friendship 7, Apollo 11, and STS-7. Meet astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Sally Ride, and Mae Jemison Explore 20 space firsts. Make your own timeline of important events in space exploration.

The Space Place in Espanol

One of the most popular Internet Web sites of the federal government now offers links to a variety of aerospace news and information in Spanish. "NASA produces a lot of important information for a large and diverse audience," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. "Organizing and offering access from our primary Internet site to the Spanish-language material we produce reflects the agency's interest in and commitment to our growing Hispanic audience."

The Key to the Universe: Space Resources for Educators
October 3, 2002 8:30 - 3:30

Gifted & Talented Certification Available: Creativity and Instructional Straegies (6 hours) Teachers who need new and exciting space resources will find this workshop a valuable experience. Participants will have the opportunity to try hands-on activities and receive a variety of curriculum materials including posters, lithographs, activity guides, and NASA fact sheets.

Into Orbit With Astronaut Tom Jones Grades 3-5, 6-8

Join astronaut and Scholastic author Tom Jones during NASA shuttle mission STS-80, You can read interviews with Tom, both before and after his launch, and see what it's really like when your space suit becomes your spaceship. Follow the progress of our science correspondent, Dr. Tom Jones, as he goes into orbit. During this project, Dr. Jones and other space science experts answered students' questions about the science of stars and galaxies, ultraviolet photography, microgravity ("weightlessness"). You'll also be able to preview Scholastic's newly published Mission: Earth - Voyage to the Home Planet. Dr. Jones co-authored this book about his first and second shuttle flights. Using radar-imaging, our globe was carefully mapped to establish a data baseline for ongoing studies about the health of our planet.

Teacher Open House at Space Center Houston

Teachers Only! Explore the vast wonders of space at Space Center Houston. Visit the Johnson Space Center's Educator Resource Center. View one of our large format films on the largest screen in Texas! Watch Free Movies and Get Free Materials. Come visit on September 19, 2002.

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

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Last Modified: Mon Jun 03, 2002