Recon's student space explorers will peer into the Solar System's far frontier

Recon's student space explorers will peer into the Solar System's far frontier

By this time next year a network of 40 high schools across the American West will start exploring the most remote regions of the Solar System thanks to  $1 million in National Science Foundation grants. Dr. Marc Buie and Dr. John Keller are the two co-investigators in Recon, the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network. They spoke with me about how the project combines citizen science, education outreach, and planetary science.

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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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SatCam app improves climate research

Your smartphone can make science better. The SatCam project wants to improve space-based tools scientists use to study the atmosphere. The SatCam app lets you send ground truth reports of cloud cover so scientists can check weather satellites' accuracy

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mPing app crowdsources weather data

The mPing project lets amateur weather-watchers with Android or iOS smartphones collect ground-truth for professional meteorologists. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Oklahoma created the app because they needed a way to fill the gaps in weather radar coverage. Amateurs submitted over 250,000 observations during the winter of 2012-2013 alone.

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