NASA Offers Shuttle Tiles and Space Food to Schools

Assorted dehydrated food packagesNASA is offering space shuttle heat shield tiles and dehydrated astronaut food to eligible schools and universities. The initiative is part of the agency’s efforts to preserve the Space Shuttle Program’s history and technology and inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers.

The lightweight tiles protected the shuttles from extreme temperatures when the orbiters re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere. The food, which was precooked or processed so that refrigeration is unnecessary, is ready to eat or could be prepared simply by adding water or by heating. Schools can register for a login ID and request a tile or food at:

Web Seminar for Teachers: Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology

Join NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science TeachersAssociation for a 90-minute webinar on Sept.8, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use the data fromNASA’s research satellite program in their meteorology lessons. This webinarfeatures “Monitoring the Global Environment,” one of eight modules within theSatellite Meteorology course. Attendees will learn how to locate and downloadsatellite data, create graphs and learn how to interpret them.