Teen space explorers enter Google Science Fair regional finals

Teen space explorers enter Google Science Fair regional finals

Young space explorers from Europe and the United States became regional finalists in the 2015 Google Science Fair with projects ranging from spacecraft engineering to astrophysics to exobiology (life on other worlds).

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Martian Motivation: Mars One candidates' grassroots education outreach program

Martian Motivation: Mars One candidates' grassroots education outreach program

I spoke with Mars One candidates in the US, the UK, and Australia about their grassroots education outreach efforts and how they hope to make Earth a better place by inspiring kids around the world to study science and mathematics.

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Hubble and the Amateurs - the public's role in the 25-year-old space telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary produced a wave of media coverage. The scientists, engineers, and astronauts responsible for Hubble’s legacy deserve every bit of that praise, but the media didn’t pay much attention to Hubble’s role in amateur astronomy. Read on to learn how amateurs work with Hubble astronomers and even use Hubble data themselves.

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Citizen scientists' roles change as Big Data sweeps astronomy

Crowdsourced projects like Galaxy Zoo and Mercury Mappers exist because amateurs combine strength in numbers with visual perception skills better than computer algorithms. But next-generation observatories will erode those strengths. The role of citizen scientists will change, but it will remain critical for the future of science.

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Small steps would turn around Mars One's public relations problems

Mars One is not a scam, but it only has itself to blame for the relentless criticism it receives. It is so focused on its ultimate goal that it fails to execute the basic blocking and tackling of public relations. Mars One needs to take smaller steps if it ever hopes to make the giant leap to Mars.

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Venus for the Armchair Space Explorer

Amateurs can explore space - and contribute to science - from the comfort of their own homes thanks to the Internet, the power of personal computers, and space agencies’ open data policies. This post collects resources I’ve found that amateurs can use to explore the planet Venus. This is part of a series of posts about Armchair Space Exploration

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