VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 11
Date: July 25, 2003

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Attention Teachers: Protein Crystal Growth Experiment Workshops
El Paso, Texas August 1, 2003
Dallas, Texas August 4, 2003

Texas teachers have the unique opportunity to learn more about Protein Crystal Growth experiments, Working side-by-side with university and NASA scientists, teachers will learn the importance of proteins and the crucial roles they play in our bodies. Proteins are the building building blocks of our bodies and the living world around us. The goal of the Protein Crystal Growth experiment is to grow high-quality crystals of selected proteins so that their molecular structures can be studied. On Earth, gravity often has a negative impact on growing protein crystals. In microgravity - the near weightlessness of space molecules move more slowly, allowing crystals to grow in a more regular and perfect form.

Participants selected for this workshop will receive one free Protein Crystal Growth kit and instructions on how to conduct the experiments in their classrooms. During the kit workshop, teachers will find out how Texas teachers and high school students will compete to be selected to load experiment samples that may launch on the space shuttle and fly aboard the International Space Station Teachers.

UT/NASA Gravity Model Provides Extraordinary Accuracy to Oceanographers

Improved weather and climate change predictions now result from a model of earth's gravity field 10 to 50 times more accurate than previous models, thanks to engineers at The University of Texas Center for Space Research. The aerospace engineers used information from the twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites they launched slightly over a year ago as a joint project between NASA and the German Aerospace Center.

Rapid Access to Astronaut Photography on Earth

New web site will allow rapid access to all the astronaut photography of Earth. Every feature from the old site has been maintained, and a number of new features have been added. If you have any questions about the new site, feel free to write us.

Some of the new features you may want to check out include:

The astronauts on board the International Space Station remain active in photographing their view and sharing it with our Nation and the World. On Expedition 6, Don Petit took over 40,000 photographs of the Earth and astronomical objects, and we are compiling the metadata for them as quickly as we can.

Free Galaxy posters and lesson plans

Teachers can order a free copy of a beautiful poster on active galaxies from the GLAST (Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope) education Web site. There is also a set of lessons on active galaxies for high school students. Visit the above web site

Out of This World E-Cards

Send an Out of This World E-Card to anyone in the world! Pick a card our of 144 cool Space images in categories relating to Astronomy, Satellites, Astronauts, Planets, etc. If you have an astronomy picture you would like to share, send it to us and we can add it to our E-Card selection!!

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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