Amateur Space News May 13, 2014

Student Near Space flight, amateur robotic observatory, teachers flying with Nasa, a report on the Mars Desert Research Station, and Mars One reports in the news today.

Isle of Wight from Near Space (source: Queen Mary's Grammar School)

Isle of Wight from Near Space (source: Queen Mary's Grammar School)

British students conduct school record-breaking Near Space flight. Queen Mary’s Grammar School may be the only secondary school in Britain with a Near Space exploration program. Queen Mary’s students have flown balloons into Near Space since 2012. Their May flight, named after cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, reached a school record 35,118 meters. The students have two more flights this year: the Armstrong mission in June and the Hadfield mission in July. (Via Southgate Amateur Radio News)

Sofia, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (source: NASA/Carla Thomas)

Sofia, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (source: NASA/Carla Thomas)

New York science teachers to fly with Nasa. Michael Maccarone and Elizabeth Rosenberger, upper and lower school science teachers at Avenues: The World School in New York City, will join Nasa astronomers on the 747-borne Sofia infrared observatory. They will use their experience to develop educational content across all aspect of the Sofia mission. (Via New York Daily News)


 

Michigan amateur astronomers building observatory in Arizona. WMUK reports that members of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society are raising $100,000 to build a robotic observatory at the Arizona Sky Village. That will give them access to more clear nights and darker skies than they can get in Michigan. The society will make the remote telescope available for public use.

KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado, ran a story about the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station.

Mars One Headlines:

The Canadian Broadcasting Company spoke with 2 Edmontonians about the Mars One selection interviews.

The Wall Street Journal’s India Real Time blog wrote about India’s Mars One candidates.