Nasa's Maven reaches Mars, now its K12 STEM mission begins...

Nasa's Maven reaches Mars, now its K12 STEM mission begins...

Nasa’s latest Mars orbiter, Maven, arrived at the red planet yesterday where it will begin its mission to learn how Mars loses its atmosphere to space. But Maven also has a mission here on Earth: to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers. 

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Amateurs help Nasa discover space dust

Amateurs help Nasa discover space dust

Nasa's longest-lasting crowdsourced space exploration projects, Stardust@Home, discovered evidence of interstellar dust particles. Scientists could not have done this work without the thousands of amateur space explorers who reviewed millions of images to find traces of the microscopic particles.

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Space bacon and other space crowdfunding projects

Every couple of months I do a scan for new space-related projects on the crowdfunding sites. Right now you can support projects ranging from space and science journalism, to amateur and professional research, to outreach projects, to Near Space exploration... to space bacon.

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South Carolina State Museum Makes Space the Center of Science Education

South Carolina State Museum Makes Space the Center of Science Education

The South Carolina State Museum will open Windows to New Worlds, a $21 million expansion focused on space and astronomy. South Carolina’s first astronaut, Apollo 16 lunar module pilot Charles Duke donated many of the artifacts on display. An on-site observatory, as well as a 55-foot planetarium dome will give the public a unique view of our universe and enhance the state’s science education.

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US and European Students Will Hack Robots on the International Space Station

US and European Students Will Hack Robots on the International Space Station

Next January high school students will take over robots on the International Space Station. Throughout the Fall, teams of students will compete in European and American coding contests as part of the 2014 Zero Robotics High School Tournament. The contest lets students see how their coding skills can make a difference in the real world... and beyond.

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Student Experiments Reach the International Space Station

Student Experiments Reach the International Space Station

15 student research projects rode the Antares rocket to Nasa's International Space Station where astronauts will conduct experiments designed by primary and secondary school students. The STEM education program is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program.

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South Carolina 6th Graders Spilling Milk... in Space

Colleton Today featured the South Carolina 6th graders who will send an experiment to the International Space Station later this year. The five girls will study the effect microgravity has on the spoilage of milk. Read the article for more details about their research and how Colleton County Middle School is raising the money so its students can explore space. This isn't the first time the press covered the students' experiment. Check out earlier coverage.

The students got the opportunity because their school district took part in the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program. Thanks to the SSEP, hundreds of middle and high school students around the world get a chance to conduct microgravity research on the space station.