Education: June 2006 Archives

NASA Cancellation Letter for Inspiring the Next Generation of Earth Explorers Grants

"The Office of Education's FY 06 budget of $166 million has been adversely impacted by congressionally-directed appropriations or earmarks totaling $82.7 million, approximately 50 percent of the total budget. Accordingly, we must absorb these unfunded requirements out of the existing Office of Education budget."

Editor's note: Reliable sources report that NASA knew that these grants were to be cancelled a long time ago (months) and yet didn't have the courtesy of telling the PIs that this was going to happen until just before their first year funding was to run out. The scope of these earmarks has been known for quite some time. Had NASA exercised a little professional courtesy there would have been time for these PIs to submit other grants or look into other ways of extending these outstanding programs. But again, NASA chose not to.

NASA Wallops Flight Facility Trip Report: Billy Shannon, SpaceRef

"The adventure was unbelievable. It was great. It was really worth it. It was definitely worth writing an essay to go. I am going to send Mrs. Ghaffarian some of my essays from middle school next year. She should like that.

Thank you to everyone who helped us be able to go. You gave me a great adventure that I will never forget."

Spaceward Bound program in Atacama Desert, NASA ARC

"What are seven NASA Explorer School teachers doing in the Atacama desert in Chile? They are studying side-by-side with NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments, closely approximating what they expect to find on other planets. Why the Atacama -- an inhospitable, seemingly lifeless, sun drenched spot that is probably the driest place on Earth?"

NASA Wallops Flight Facility Trip Report: Cameron Wade, SpaceRef

"The next day, we went to the Wallops Flight Facility. We had a pre-mission briefing. There are lots of people who make sure the rocket goes up. Later we flew our model rockets. I had a payload of 4 dimes in my nosecone. My rocket didn't go as high as some other ones did. All my dimes fell out in the ball field, so I didn't get to keep them. We could see how the different payloads made the rockets go different amounts. My rocket still flew pretty high. It was fun to launch them. We practiced our presentation that night. We needed to look and sound good because we were representing our class and our school."

NASA Take Note

A History and Informal Assessment of the Slacker Astronomy Podcast

"Slacker Astronomy is a weekly podcast that covers a recent astronomical news event or discovery. The show has a unique style consisting of irreverent, over-the-top humor combined with a healthy dose of hard science. According to our demographic analysis, the combination of this style and the unique podcasting distribution mechanism allows the show to reach audiences younger and busier than those reached via traditional channels.."

[click on image for larger photos of launch and students] "The launch of the NASA Orion sounding rocket carrying experiments developed by students from across the country was successfully conducted this morning at 7:11. The payload reached an apogee of 51 km. The payload has been recovered and is now making its way back to Wallops. The students will remove their experiments from the payload later this morning and begin their data analysis." - Keith Koehler, Wallops Public Affairs Office

Help These Kids See Their Experiment Reach Space, earlier post

NASA Orion Sounding Rocket Launch From Wallops Flight Facility Delayed 24 Hours

"The launch of the NASA Orion sounding rocket carrying experiments developed by students from across the country that was scheduled for June 7 has been postponed. The weather is not expected to be favorable in the morning. The launch window is 6 to 9 a.m., Thursday, June 8. The launch will be web cast at beginning at 3:30 a.m."

Help These Kids See Their Experiment Reach Space, Earlier Post



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