Teen space explorers enter Google Science Fair regional finals

Teen space explorers enter Google Science Fair regional finals

Young space explorers from Europe and the United States became regional finalists in the 2015 Google Science Fair with projects ranging from spacecraft engineering to astrophysics to exobiology (life on other worlds).

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Celebrate World Space Week with these GPS-enabled space exploration projects

Celebrate World Space Week with these GPS-enabled space exploration projects

World Space Week 2014, the global celebration of all things space, chose the theme “Space: Guiding the Way” to raise awareness of the role satellite navigation systems play in our lives. In honor of World Space Week, here's a collection of GPS-enabled amateur space exploration projects you can join. Track balloons flying into Near Space; crowdsource aurora, weather, and cosmic ray data; or create your own GPS apps for Nasa.

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Lucid, the student cosmic-ray detector going into space

British high school students will send the Lucid, the Langton Ultimate Cosmic-ray Intensity Detector, cosmic-ray observatory to orbit in 2014. Adapting sensors from the Large Hadron Collider to detect intense photons, subatomic particles, and cosmic-ray particles, the student-designed experiment will mark the first time this technology has been used in open space and will produce science that nobody has seen before.

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Cosmic Ray Observatory Project

The Cosmic Ray Observatory Project links secondary schools across Nebraska 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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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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