NASA Now: Life Science — Human Life Support on the ISS

NASA Now logoFind out from Environmental and Thermal Operating System, or ETHOS, operator Tess Caswell about the role of chemistry in making sure the astronauts aboard the space station have oxygen to breathe, water to drink, and a comfortable temperature in which to live and work. This NASA Now program is available on the NES Virtual Campus beginning Jan 25, 2012.

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NASA Now: Lunar Mathematics and Mapping

Join Dr. James Garvin, Chief Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., as he describes the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission and how it is helping us explore the moon like never before. Learn why NASA is interested in studying the moon, what kinds of treasures exist there, and what we might be able to do with them!

Garvin shows how the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, uses an instrument called LOLA to create better maps of the moon than we have ever had and highlights the connection between mapping and mathematics.

NASA Now Minute: Lunar Mathematics and Mapping

New Robotic Lunar Lander Prototype Relates to NES Teaching Materials

Prototype lunar roverA new generation of small, smart, versatile robotic landers will aid in the exploration of airless bodies such as the moon and asteroids. The design is based on cutting-edge technology, which allows precision landing in high-risk but high-priority areas. This technology enables NASA to achieve scientific and exploration goals in previously unexplored locations.

These new landers are a great tie-in to two NES Virtual Campus teaching modules: 
   • Math and Science @ Work: Lunar Surface Instrumentation module. 
   • Lunar Nautics: Designing a Mission to Live and Work on the Moon. 
Connections like this will help your students see that the things they learn in school have a real-world connection to what is happening at NASA right now! 

Read more about this exciting new prototype in the NASA Explorer Schools NEON forums Math and Science @ Work: Lunar Surface Instrumentation module and Lunar Nautics: Designing a Mission to Live and Work on the Moon.

NASA Research Team Reveals Moon Has Earth-like Core

Artist concept showing lunar core. Solid inner core surrounded by a fluid outer core surrounded by a partial melt area.Are you looking for an extension for the Lunar Surface Instrumentation Content Module on the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus? Bring current NASA discoveries into your classroom with this article!

State-of-the-art seismological techniques applied to Apollo-era data suggest our moon has a core similar to Earth’s. This new discovery tells us that the moon may have created and maintained its own strong magnetic field at one point. The study details how the seismological instruments used for lunar exploration have unveiled new information regarding the moon’s core.

Read more about this exciting new finding in the NES Math and Science @ Work – Lunar Surface Instrumentation forum in NEON. Register, log in, join the NASA Explorer Schools group and find the forum. The complete write-up on this discovery is available there.