The following is a portion of a statement about the European Southern Observatory’s latest exoplanet discovery from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator, Dr. John Grunsfeld.
“We congratulate the European Southern Observatory team for making this exciting new exoplanet discovery. For astronomers, the search for exoplanets helps us understand our place in the universe and determine whether Earth is unique in supporting life or if it is just one member of a large community of habitable worlds. NASA has several current and future missions that will continue in this search.”
NASA Explorer Schools is offering students in grades 7-12 an opportunity to ask questions of Nicole Smith, an aerospace engineer on the Orion crew and service module project. Join the video chat on Oct. 24, 2012, from 1 – 2 p.m. EDT to ask Smith questions about the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, America’s new spacecraft for human exploration. She also will address the importance of teamwork and her career as an aerospace engineer.
Learn about the necessary steps to become an astronaut, the job responsibilities of a pilot on the space shuttle and the incredible experience of being in space.
This program is available on the NES Virtual Campus beginning October 17, 2012.
Preview the program at the link below.
Recently, an isolated dwarf galaxy was discovered in an image from the Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy is classified as a dwarf irregular galaxy because it is relatively small and lacks clear structure.
For more information and to see the image, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/ddo190.html.
This discovery serves as a new extension to the NASA Now Classroom Videos program Engineering Design Process: Hubble Space Telescope, which can be found on the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus.
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Fellowship Year. The Einstein Fellowship Program is available to current K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators with a demonstrated excellence in teaching and leadership.
For more information about the program and to learn how to apply, visit www.einsteinfellows.org. Applications for the 2013-14 Fellowship program are due by 11 p.m. EST, Dec. 5, 2012.
NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes are flying in Earth orbit after a recent successful liftoff and ascent. The rocket’s Centaur upper stage released the probes one at a time and sent them into different orbits, kicking off the two-year mission to study Earth’s radiation belts.
To read more about the Radiation Belt Storm Probes, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/rbsp/main/index.html
This mission is a great example of how NASA studies solar weather and an up-to-date extension to the NASA Explorer Schools lesson Geometry: Space Math Problems: Solar Storms. To access this lesson and get your students studying and tracking space weather, log into the NES Virtual Campus.