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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Radio Jove Student Radio Telescope

Get a radio telescope kit from Nasa and listen to Jupiter’s magnetic storms. The Radio Jove Project created a do-it-yourself kit with little more than a wire and some basic electronics, but the simple telescope will introduce you to the strange world of radio astronomy.

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Restoring Historic Radio Telescopes

Today’s state-of-the art technologies become tomorrow’s obsolete castoffs as scientific frontiers advance. Radio telescopes built in the 1950’s and 1960’s pioneered radio astronomy and tracked spacecraft during the early Space Age. Groups of amateurs restored several historic telescopes to conduct amateur and student radio astronomy research.

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Skynet Junior Scholar Program

The Skynet Junior Scholar Program lets over 1,400 middle school students in Wisconsin, Virginia, and North Carolina learn astronomy and even conduct astronomical research by controlling professional telescopes in Chile, Australia, and the United States.

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