Education: August 2012 Archives

Future Neil Armstrongs

Neil Armstrong's lasting legacy, Dan Goldin, Washington Post

"This summer I witnessed the landing of Curiosity on Mars from mission control at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. After the "seven minutes of terror" and Curiosity's successful arrival, I knew that NASA still has the right stuff. NASA is filled with future Neil Armstrongs -- outstanding rocket engineers, scientists and dreamers. I can think of no greater testimony to the entire Apollo team than to undertake another audacious activity that, although risky, will raise the American spirit and create opportunities for future generations. This next challenge will be the catalyst for the scientific and engineering breakthroughs central to the future vitality of our nation. We must reach for the stars."

AIAA Foundation to Establish the Neil A. Armstrong Scholarship Endowment Fund

"The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation (AIAA Foundation), at the request of the family of Neil A. Armstrong, who was the first person to set foot on the Moon, and an AIAA Honorary Fellow, has established the Neil A. Armstrong Scholarship Endowment Fund."

NASA's Space Station Manager Did Not Like The Idea of Legos in Space

"Suff inquired about the relevance of performing the Lego experiment onboard from an ISS research priorities perspective. Ms. Robinson explained that Lego is Leland Melvin's top priority - for education given that Legos are something that children are very familiar with and that can reach tens of thousands of students. Suff asked if the folks at HQ had considered the negative aspects of showcasing Legos in that it may seem we are not utilizing 1SS resources to their fullest capacity. Ms. Robinson explained that she was not aware that people had considered that perspective and would pass this on."

Keith's note: The United States has spent somewhere between $60 to 100 billion on the International Space Station - and the agency's program manager doesn't think that a simple education project - one that uses something simple (Legos) that millions of "future explorers" use every day - is relevant? I do not hear Mike Suffredini objecting to all of the other stuff (baseball caps, college t-shirts, cartoon characters) that make their way onto the ISS. So why pick on something simple that (potentially) allows children to have a personal connection with this incredible on-orbit research facility? This is simply baffling.

NASA Rolls Out New App to Increase Space Based Knowledge

"What: NASA plans to launch its new Space 365 App this Friday at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Space 365 offers quick access to NASA events and quirky trivia facts that happened each day of the year. More than 4,000 NASA events are contained in the database. If you want to follow the latest on the Mars Curiosity Rover, check out a special date in history, or simply love trivia, you'll want to discover more about NASA's newest app. For the rollout event, we'll have a big screen and a demonstration area for you to check out this cutting-edge app, developed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville."

Keith's note: Is this an official NASA application? The reason I ask is that there is no NASA logo anywhere - not on the app page, in the iTunes store, or within the app itself. The only contact you are offered is someone named "Dr. Steve". The only way I'd know his last name is this press release. There is no obvious way in this app to reach NASA.gov. Why is NASA putting an official application out without any discernible NASA branding? When I type in "Mars Curiosity" the most recent event I get is an event on 26 Nov 2011 - yet the default home page has a picture of John Grunsfeld on the Colbert Report last night. NASA has been sending out multiple releases about Curiosity - why doesn't this app know about them? Indeed, what is the point of this app again?

According to the iTunes page for this app the languages supported are "English, German, Northern Sami, Spanish". For a U.S. audience, English and Spanish make sense. German - not so much. But Northern Sami? This language is only spoken in the northern portions of Norway, Sweden and Finland. One would think you'd try for French, Chinese or Russian before you thought about Northern Sami.


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