Amateur Space Weekly - March 7

Amateur Space Weekly - March 7

Undergrads design the first satellite to be assembled in space, a new app crowdsources flood reports in Europe, how citizen scientists can help study a solar eclipse, amateur observations of a stellar merger, and more in this week's recap of news in amateur space exploration.

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Amateur Space Weekly - October 10

Nasa wants public participation, Denmark's student-built satellite and a Native American-built satellite enter orbit, a new suborbital spaceflight simulator, crowdsourcing hurricane observations and more in this week's recap.

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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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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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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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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.

 

Amateur Space News May 19, 2014

Amateur Space News May 19, 2014

Today’s headlines include Australian students exploring Near Space, follow up on the student rocketry championships, crowdfunded lunar landers, meteors over the American South, amateur astronomy youth programs… and local Mars One reports.

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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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