Amateur Space Weekly - January 25

Amateur satellites, teen robotics in space, crowdsourcing Mars geology, crowdsourcing pulsar discoveries, and space tourism in Arizona are just some of the news reports from the past week in amateur space exploration.

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Hubble and the Amateurs - the public's role in the 25-year-old space telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary produced a wave of media coverage. The scientists, engineers, and astronauts responsible for Hubble’s legacy deserve every bit of that praise, but the media didn’t pay much attention to Hubble’s role in amateur astronomy. Read on to learn how amateurs work with Hubble astronomers and even use Hubble data themselves.

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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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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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HiSparc educational cosmic ray detector

HiSparc (English-language site) links secondary schools across Europe with professional astronomers and physicists to study cosmic rays. The students build networked cosmic ray detectors that they mount on the roofs of their schools. The data flow into the project’s archives, letting professional astronomers study high-energy cosmic rays.

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American Association of Variable Star Observers

The American Association of Variable Star Observers brings amateur and professional astronomers together to study the changing light from other stars. The AAVSO’s members have spent the past century making important contributions to science that professionals cannot make on their own. 

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Nasa Technical Reports Server

Search the Nasa Technical Reports Server for publicly accessible citations and full-text documents from Nasa and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. The NTRS also includes images and movies from the Nasa Image Exchange. 

While astrophysics and planetary science research preprints often get posted to arXiv and other open literature databases, the NTRS is one of the few places to find the engineering research that makes space missions happen.

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International Space Apps Challenge

Nasa organizes this annual two-day hackathon to develop open-source apps and API's that make space exploration easier. There's so much data in the archives at Nasa, Noaa, Esa, and other space agencies that the agencies' need help opening the archives to the broader public. Developers create open-source API's that make it easier for other developers to bring space data into apps. The apps can help people learn more about space or make their lives better here on Earth. Learn more about the 2014, 2013, and 2012 challenges.

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