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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Weekend Amateur: Observing the Sculptor Galaxy with Nasa

Weekend Amateur: Observing the Sculptor Galaxy with Nasa

Observing With Nasa lets you control a robotic telescope to capture your own images of planets, comets, and distant galaxies. Not just a fun way to make pretty astronomy pictures, Observing With Nasa lets teachers, parents, and informal educators introduce the science of astronomy to middle and high school students.

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European Space Agency wants you to Learn Earth Observation

European Space Agency wants you to Learn Earth Observation

Earth observation - using satellite images to study our own planet - isn’t just for spies any more. The European Space Agency wants more people to use orbital data to improve European economies and societies, but getting the most out of the images requires skills that most people don’t learn in school. 

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Students' dreams of research in space may be one step closer

Students' dreams of research in space may be one step closer

Sierra Nevada Space Systems and BioServe Space Technologies have agreed to expand professional microgravity research in orbit (h/t to Digital Journal). That agreement may lead to more microgravity research opportunities for primary and secondary school students.

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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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Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge Completes Expedition

Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge Completes Expedition

Earlier this month I wrote about how pro-am teams from India and Australia are conducting Mars analog research in the Mars Society of Australia’s Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge. The 16-day expedition concluded on July 20. Here are some highlights from the expedition diary and other sources:

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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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Amateurs Will Create The Million Satellite Market

Amateurs Will Create The Million Satellite Market

Thanks to Moore’s Law you can build a basic Sputnik-style satellite for as little as $250. Amateur satellite-making will revolutionize the 21st Century space industry much the same way personal computers changed the 21st Century computer industry. The only question is: who will be the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs of space?

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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.

 

New Jersey High Schoolers Sending E. Coli to the Space Station

After their summer vacation six students from Ocean City High School will watch their experiment travel to the International Space Station. Thanks to the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, the six girls will study how the E. coli bacteria grows on lettuce while in microgravity - an important consideration for astronauts on future space stations, Moon bases, and Mars missions who will need to grow their own food. Getting food poisoning on Earth is one thing. In space…. The Press of Atlantic City interviewed the students and teachers who explained how they developed their application and how the experiment will work.

Spoiler: no astronauts will be harmed in the course of this experiment.