Mercury 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 Mercury. This is the first in a series of posts about Armchair Space Exploration.

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Help Chicks In Space take plants for a spin in space

Help Chicks In Space take plants for a spin in space

Welcome to the new American space program. Chicks In Space are teenage sisters with a 6-year history of space research. They want to send nanoEton, their spinning plant growth experiment, to the International Space Station. But they need your help.

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Team Ursa needs your help to carry student research into space

Team Ursa needs your help to carry student research into space

The part-time rocketeers at Team Ursa are adopting a Silicon Valley approach to make suborbital research easy and affordable for middle school students. But they need your help crowdfunding the construction of their first prototype.

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K12 Science Comes from Space, K12 Science Leaves for Space

K12 Science Comes from Space, K12 Science Leaves for Space

This is a busy week for middle and high school space research. The SpaceX Dragon landed in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday returning 28 student experiments from the International Space Station. Tonight an Orbital Sciences Antares rocket launches the Cygnus cargo module - with 18 more student experiments - to the International Space Station. 310,000 students across America and Canada have taken part in space research - with little burden on the ISS astronauts or Nasa’s budget - but some in Congress think that’s a bad thing.

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Recon's student space explorers will peer into the Solar System's far frontier

Recon's student space explorers will peer into the Solar System's far frontier

By this time next year a network of 40 high schools across the American West will start exploring the most remote regions of the Solar System thanks to  $1 million in National Science Foundation grants. Dr. Marc Buie and Dr. John Keller are the two co-investigators in Recon, the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network. They spoke with me about how the project combines citizen science, education outreach, and planetary science.

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Become a quake-spotter and monitor our shaking, quaking, not-so-solid Earth

Become a quake-spotter and monitor our shaking, quaking, not-so-solid Earth

Almost 26 million people around the world joined the Great Shake Out today to improve earthquake readiness. But once you’ve prepared for an earthquake, what can you do the other 364 days in the year? Take a look at these amateur projects that let you take part in studying our not-so-solid Earth.

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