VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume IV, Issue 12
Date: 7-9-04

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NASA Explorers

This week on NASA Explores we're testing your knowledge of astronauts and their accomplishments. We provide the astro clues, but you and your students must supply the answers. We also have a special feature on astronaut Peggy Whitson...and some of the information in the article might help you when you play "Astro Clues: Guess Who?" To access the articles and lessons, please visit the NASAexplores web site above.

Cassini Literacy Outreach K-4

The Cassini K-4 Literacy Program is now available on-line, focusing on ways to strengthen elementary students' basic skills in reading and writing through scientific content. This month the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft began sending back the first up-close images of Saturn, its mysterious moons, the stunning rings, and its complex magnetic environment.

The materials developed for "Reading, Writing, and Rings," are divided into 2 grade level units. One unit is designed for students in grades 1 and 2 while the other unit focuses on students in grades 3 and 4 unit includes a series of lessons that take students on a path of exploration of Saturn using reading and writing prompts. For more information, go to the above web site.

Join NASA Connect on the "A" Train Express (6-8)

On "The 'A' Train Express" students will learn how weather affects everyone's daily lives, and will see national and international scientists using satellite technology to help improve weather forecasting and our understanding of aerosols and clouds. They will also be introduced to two NASA satellite Earth Science missions, CALIPSO and CloudSat. By conducting inquiry-based and web activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms. NASA CONNECT is an annual series of free integrated math, science, and technology programs with three components--television broadcast, educator guide, and Web activity--designed as an integrated instructional package. For more information, visit the above web site.

Texas Giant Scope Finds First Planet

Austin TX (SPX) July 12, 2004 - McDonald Observatory astronomers Bill Cochran, Michael Endl, and Barbara McArthur have exploited the Hobby-Eberly Telescope's (HET's) capabilities to rapidly find and confirm, with great precision, the giant telescope's first planet outside our solar system.

Apollo 11 Anniversary Special

On July 20, 1969 humans first walked on the Moon and changed history forever. To help honor the occasion, invites you to enjoy that sense of wonder all over again with this collection of text and multimedia files describing the epic adventure of Apollo 11. January 14, 2004, President George W. Bush announced that America was going to return to the moon and expand the "human presence across the solar system ". he Moon-to-Mars vision, bolstered by the success of the Mars Rover and Cassini-Huygens missions, is still in its infancy, but already the Commission appointed by the president to shepherd it through its initial stages has called for massive changes at NASA in order to make the dream a reality. There are also links to the collection of stories celebrating the 2004 anniversary of the lunar landing, and links pointing to some of NASA's finest on-line resources covering the Apollo program.

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