Amateur Space Weekly - February 22

Amateur Space Weekly - February 22

Space archaeology, 21st Century shop class, quinoa curry, DIY radiation detector, astronomy tourism, crowdsourcing the search for gravitational waves and more in this week's recap from the world of amateur space exploration.

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Teen research projects lost in space

After the explosion of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket last week, media across the country focused on the teenagers who lost their science projects in the accident. But failure won’t get in the students’ way - Nasa and its partners have committed to getting the students’ research into space.

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Amateur Space Weekly - June 12

British teenager discovers a planet orbiting another star, UK rocketeers head to international competition, US storm-spotters help improve severe weather warnings and more in my recap of the news in amateur space exploration.

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The Week in Amateur Space Exploration - February 20

The Week in Amateur Space Exploration - February 20

Amateur images of Mars spark professional research, students and teachers conduct galactic research, crowdsourcing 1,230 public reports of earthquakes, teenagers' microgravity research, and amateur rocket projects are just some of the week's news in amateur space exploration.

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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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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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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.

 

Amateur Space News May 12, 2014

The Team America Rocketry Challenge held over the weekend leads todays headlines. In addition amateur meteor observations, smartphone astronomy, amateur outreach programs in India and the US, a free online astronomy course from The Planetary Society, weather-watchers in Puerto Rico, middle school student make progress towards orbit, and news from Mars One.

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Amateur Space News May 9, 2014

Today’s amateur headlines include more teachers flying on Nasa’s Sofia airborne observatory, Girl Scouts leading a community rocketry project, amateur satellites ready for launch, a low cost microgravity research lab is almost ready, reports on Mars One, and recaps of Mars One candidates.

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