Hawaiian Students to Work With NASA on Lunar Surface Experiment

Electrodynamic dust shield (Credit: PISCES)
Electrodynamic dust shield (Credit: PISCES)

HILO, Hawaii (PISCES PR) — The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) has signed a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), formally establishing a partnership to jointly work on a Hawaii high school STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) project that will give students the opportunity to develop a space experiment and send it to the surface of the Moon.

The experiment involves electrodynamic dust shield (EDS) technology. Under the Space Act Agreement, KSC will mentor the selected Hawaii students. This includes consulting them on the physics of the EDS; the design, development, and construction of mounting and integration hardware; and testing and analysis of a flight experiment configuration.


DreamUp: NanoRacks Breaking New Ground in STEM Education

The Garden of ETON from Experiment on Vimeo.

Houston, Dec. 19th, 2014 (NanoRacks PR) – DreamUp, powered by NanoRacks, is a nonprofit organization now providing a place for student project teams to raise required funds to fly a science experiment to the International Space Station (ISS).

The goal of DreamUp is to help students integrate into the commercial space community by delivering their experiments via NanoRacks to the U.S. National Laboratory onboard the ISS.


Virgin Galactic Partners With Book Publisher

Credit: Virgin Galactic
Credit: Virgin Galactic

MOJAVE, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 (VG PR) — Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments PJS, today announced a partnership with global book publisher DK to create seven exclusive titles over the next two years. The first book under the agreement, Virgin Galactic: The Ultimate Experience, will be published in October 2014 as Virgin Galactic moves toward the launch of commercial spaceflight.


This Week on The Space Show

This week on The Space Show with David Livingston:

1. SPECIAL TIME: Monday, July 7, 2014: 9:30-11 AM PDT; 11:30 AM – 1 PM CDT; 12:30-2PM EDT: We welcome Syracuse University Professor and author DR. HENRY LAMBRIGHT regarding his new book, “Why Mars: NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration.”

2. Tuesday, July 8, 2014:,7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): OPEN LINES tonight. All STEM & Space related calls welcome. First time callers welcome.

3. Friday, July 11, 2014, 9:30 -11 AM PDT (12;30-2 PM EDT; 11:30-1 PM CDT): We welcome back DR. PAT PATTERSON to discus this year’s SmallSat Conference.

4. Sunday, July 13, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). DR. JIM LOGAN AND JOHN JURIST are back to discuss EVAs (space walks), Mars life support & human factors issues, and spacesuit technology plus more.

Teachers in Space Accepting Flight Experiment Summer Workshop Applications

NYACK, N.Y. (SFF PR) — The Space Frontier Foundation’s Teachers in Space (TIS) project today announced that teacher’s applications are now being accepted for its Flight Experiment summer workshop.

Teachers in Space is a project to inspire student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging teachers with authentic astronaut training and real space science experiences combined with information and resources they bring into classrooms across America.


CU-Boulder Invites Teachers, Kids to be Part of Ants in Space Experiments on ISS


BOULDER, Colo. (CU-Boulder PR) — Want to compare a kid’s experiment you can easily conduct on Earth to a similar one on the International Space Station, which is whipping around in weightlessness 200 miles over our heads at a mind-blowing 17,000 miles per hour? Well, here’s your chance.

The University of Colorado Boulder and its educational partners are seeking K-12 teachers, students and life-long learners around the world interested in how the low gravity on the ISS, which makes astronauts float, may affect the behavior of ants up there. Dubbed “Ants in Space,” the educational ant payload was designed and built by CU-Boulder’s BioServe Space Technologies and launched to the space station Jan. 9. The project involved shipping ants in specially built containers developed by BioServe, a part of the university’s aerospace engineering department, to the ISS using a commercial Cygnus spacecraft.


Infinity Aerospace Announces Microgravity Experiments Partnership with XCOR

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (Infinity Aerospace PR) —
Infinity Aerospace, the creators of ArduLab, has unveiled their next product at the Next Gen Suborbital Researchers Conference. Infinity Aerospace has partnered with XCOR Aerospace to introduce a totally new way to access space. Starting today they will be offering a complete space program designed for individuals, teams, and classrooms and enabling them science and technology projects in space.


Video: Uwingu’s Goal to Sponsor Space Research and Education Projects

Video Caption: Funding great science and important space research and education projects often doesn’t take a lot of money.

At Uwingu, we are men and women who’ve decided to use our business’s proceeds to create a new source of funding for researchers and educators studying our universe.

We’ve spent more than two years designing and building software products that will help people relate better to the sky and to space, and then, through their purchases, fund space exploration, space research, and space education.

We will market our products globally, over the Internet, and use the proceeds after expenses to create something we call “The Uwingu Fund” for space research and education. We hope sales on Uwingu’s products will raise millions— perhaps even even tens of millions—annually—for The Uwingu Fund.

Check out our campaign on indiegogo: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/180221?a=707906

MoonKAMs Begin Operations Aboard GRAIL Lunar Orbiters

The two MoonKAM systems before attachment to the GRAIL-A (“Ebb”) and GRAIL–B (“Flow”) spacecraft. Each system consists of a Digital Video Controller electronics unit and four separate color video cameras. (Credit: Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation.)

Pasadena, CA – March 22, 2012 – Two four-camera color video systems supplied by Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation to NASA’s dual-spacecraft Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) project have been turned on and are generating stunning video views of the Moon’s surface from a vantage point in low lunar orbit.

The video systems, called Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students (MoonKAM) by the GRAIL project, were designed, built and tested by Ecliptic and benefit from the strong heritage of Ecliptic’s popular RocketCam™ product family.  Over two-dozen similar systems have been launched on rockets and spacecraft since 2005, and all operated successfully, including RocketCam’s first lunar mission:  NASA’s LCROSS lunar impactor in 2009.

NASA Joins Campaign to Encourage Next Gen Engineers and Innovators

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

By Charles Bolden
NASA Administrator

Last week I was in Atlanta, on the campus of Georgia Tech for a “Day of Engineering” Facebook pep rally to kick off the President’s new Stay With It campaign devoted to recruiting, retaining and graduating 10,000 engineers each year to maintain America’s competitive edge. Corporate leaders, educators and students have gathered for dialog and panel discussions on the dire need to increase the number of American engineers. Fourteen universities from across the nation are participating via Facebook viewing parties. Spearheaded by Intel President & CEO, Paul Otellini, who is also a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, the Stay With It campaign will provide mentors and other supports to increase the number of American engineering graduates which has fallen woefully behind other surging economies and has led to a shortage of skilled workers for American jobs.


Teachers in Space, NASA to Hold STEM Workshops

The Space Frontier Foundation’s Teachers in Space program and NASA are teaming up this summer for a second round of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workshops that focus on Suborbital Astronautics, Space Medicine and Human Factors, and Suborbital Flight Experiments.

The goal of the workshops is to give teachers the curriculum and experiences necessary to boost STEM instruction, including the opportunity to fly an experiment on a Masten Space suborbital vehicle. The workshop instructors will include a former Space Shuttle Commander as well as leading scientists from NASA, FAA, NewSpace and leading aerospace universities. Secondary teachers currently teaching STEM subjects should apply at tis.spacefrontier.org workshops by April 5, 2012.


Video: YouTube Space Lab Competition Launched

Video Caption: We’re excited to announce YouTube Space Lab, launching with Lenovo and Space Adventures in cooperation with NASA, ESA and JAXA. Watch amazing space and science videos and, if you’re 14 to 18 years old, submit a space experiment idea for your chance to win out-of-this-world prizes. Find out more at http://youtube.com/spacelab. Music composed by Aurotone.

NASA, DARPA Offer HS Students Chance to Design Space Experiments

NASA PR — NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are offering high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

The 2011 Zero Robotics challenge is a continuation and expansion of a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program using bowling ball-sized spherical satellites aboard the International Space Station.


California Space Industry Lobbies Congress for NASA, Export Reform and STEM Ed

The California Space Authority, a non-profit industry group, has been on Capitol Hill this week lobbying officials on behalf of the Golden State’s space industry, which makes up 22 percent of the global space market. CSA is pursuing a broad agenda that includes requested Congressional actions regarding NASA, DoD, export reform, hosted payloads, satellite procurement, and education.

A summary of CSA’s main lobbying goals, excerpted from the authority’s point papers, is shown after the break.


NASA Ames Goes to the UAE Deserts

NASA Ames Research Center's Dr. Chris McKay stands in the shade while teaching astrobiology to students attending the United Arab Emirates University. In the background is Jebel Hafeet, a highly stratified protrusion of sedimentary rock rich in deep sea planktonic fossils and bronze age human artifacts. Image credit: NASA/Matthew F. Reyes

NASA PR — Whether or not you remember the winter of 2011 as unusually cold or snowy, an adventurous team of experts will remember its intense heat, as they searched for microbial life between sand dunes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They were searching for simple life forms that also may exist on other planets.

The United States team consisted of teachers Mike Wing and Lucinda Land, NASA space scientists Chris McKay and Jon Rask, and education specialist Matthew Reyes. Together, they embarked on a high adventure desert expedition from Feb. 18 – Mar. 4 with UAE students and teachers as part of a NASA education program, called Spaceward Bound. Developed at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., Spaceward Bound’s mission is to train the next generation of space explorers. Led by the U.S. team, local students and teachers from the Emirates were given real planetary research experience using remote, extreme environments in the UAE deserts as analogs for Mars and Saturn’s moon, Titan.