VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 12
Date: August 8, 2003

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Attention Teachers: Earth Science Week Workshops
(Grades 5-8)

In Support of Earth Science Week, October, 16-17, 2003, Texas Space Grant Consortium is sponsoring teachers workshops covering Lunar Meteorite, Solar System, Mission Geography and Earth Science. You may sign up for one or both days and professional development credits are available. The workshops will be held at the MCC building in Austin Texas. If you are interested in signing up, please e-mail Talia at and a registration form can be sent to you. Registration forms will also be printable on the web in the next week.

Mars Coming Close

Every second you count one one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand.. Mars gets approximately 30 km closer to you. Earth and Mars are rapidly converging. On August 27, 2003 -- the date of closest approach -- the two worlds will be 56 million km apart. That's a long way by Earth standards, but only a short distance on the scale of the solar system. Get your telescopes, binoculars or just your eyeballs and make sure you take a look.

Martian Warm Spots Could be Towers of Ice

Unusual warm spots on Mars might represent "ice towers" similar to those seen in Antarctica, say researchers. They could even harbour life, Nick Hoffman of Melbourne University told a conference on Thursday. Hoffman detected warm spots in the Hellas Basin after scrutinising infrared images taken with THEMIS, the heat-sensing camera on the Mars Odyssey orbiter. The spots are about 10 degrees warmer than their surroundings both night and day, and irrespective of whether they are being hit by sunlight. Read the full article at the above website.

NASA Connect Broadcast shows for Grades 6-8

NASA CONNECT is a research, inquiry, and standards-based series of FREE integrated mathematics, science, and technology instructional education programs for students in grades 6-8. Each program has three components: (1) a 30-minute television broadcast, which can be viewed live or taped for later use; (2) an educator guide describing a hands-on activity; and (3) an interactive web activity which provides educators an opportunity to use technology in the classroom setting. These three components - television broadcast, educator guide, and web activity are designed as an integrated instructional package. The following website are Earth science-related shows planned for the 2003-2004 season.

Gene Cernan speaks to the young generation

NASA Kids, Gene Cernan was the commander of Apollo 17, the last manned mission to land on the Moon. Read what he has to say about his experiences as an astronaut, and the future of spaceflight.

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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Last Modified: Fri Aug 08, 2003