When Rocks Fall Like Rain

When Rocks Fall Like Rain

556 asteroids struck Earth over the past 20 years according to a new report from Nasa’s Near Earth Object Program. Fortunately the constant rain of rocks and boulders striking our planet burn up in the atmosphere - unless it’s a big one like the Chelyabinsnk meteor. Learn how you can help the professionals protect our planet from asteroid threats.

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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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Mars One candidates may join the year-long Mars Arctic 365 mission

Mars One candidates may join the year-long Mars Arctic 365 mission

The Mars Society announced the finalists for Mars Arctic 365, its year-long simulation of a mission to Mars. A few of the 21 finalists have a more on the line. As candidates for the Mars One Project - the daring one-way journey to settle Mars - joining the MA365 mission could give them a leg-up over the other 700 Mars One candidates.

 

 

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European Space Agency wants you to Learn Earth Observation

European Space Agency wants you to Learn Earth Observation

Earth observation - using satellite images to study our own planet - isn’t just for spies any more. The European Space Agency wants more people to use orbital data to improve European economies and societies, but getting the most out of the images requires skills that most people don’t learn in school. 

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Amateurs help Nasa discover space dust

Amateurs help Nasa discover space dust

Nasa's longest-lasting crowdsourced space exploration projects, Stardust@Home, discovered evidence of interstellar dust particles. Scientists could not have done this work without the thousands of amateur space explorers who reviewed millions of images to find traces of the microscopic particles.

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Space bacon and other space crowdfunding projects

Every couple of months I do a scan for new space-related projects on the crowdfunding sites. Right now you can support projects ranging from space and science journalism, to amateur and professional research, to outreach projects, to Near Space exploration... to space bacon.

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US and European Students Will Hack Robots on the International Space Station

US and European Students Will Hack Robots on the International Space Station

Next January high school students will take over robots on the International Space Station. Throughout the Fall, teams of students will compete in European and American coding contests as part of the 2014 Zero Robotics High School Tournament. The contest lets students see how their coding skills can make a difference in the real world... and beyond.

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