NASA Education Express — March 8, 2012

Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community.Full descriptions are listed below.

TheEpic Struggle Between Birds and Pigs Moves to Space with a NASA Science Twist
Audience: All Educatorsand Students

New ISSLive! ApplicationAvailable for iPhone, iPad and Android
Audience: All Educators and Students

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “Women in STEM” WebcastSeries
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates throughout March 2012

Free Education WebinarSeries from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates for March 2012

Join the Worldwide GLOBEat Night 2012 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 13-22, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “STEM Through the Eyes, Earsand Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern During March 2012

Center of Massand Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 15, 2012

Pre-Service TeacherInstitutes at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 15, 2012
Institute Dates: June 18-22, June 24-30, andJuly 8-14, 2012

Live Video Chat — Astronomy: Starry,Starry Night
Audience: Grades 8-12
Event Date: March 16, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EDT

National Spaced OutSports Design Challenge
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: Mar. 16, 2012

OSSI: SOLAR — Summer2012 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: March 16, 2012

DEADLINE EXTENDED:Informal Educator Workshop: International Space Station — Engaging YourAudience in Low Earth Orbit
Audience: Informal Educators (Formal Educators Are Welcome to Attend)
New Registration Deadline: March 16, 2012
Event Date: March 24-25, 2012

International Space Station National LabEducation Project
Audience: Higher Education Community
Proposal Deadline: March 23, 2012

Visit NASA Explorer Schools at the 2012NSTA Conference
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Dates: March 29 – April 1, 2012

Student Flight Mission Challenge –Improving Earthquake Monitoring
Audience: 7-9 Educators
Notice of Intent Deadline: April 16, 2012
Teacher Submission Deadline: May 21, 2012

2012 Lunar Workshops for Educators
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates June-August 2012

NASA’s DigitalLearning Network Special Event: Chat With a Mission Control Flight Officer
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website
Audience: K-6 Educators


TheEpic Struggle Between Birds and Pigs Moves to Space with a NASA Science Twist

For nearly three years, millions of gamers have used physics in the battlebetween birds and pigs in the video game Angry Birds. In cooperation with NASA,Finland-based Rovio Entertainment, creator of the Angry Birds franchise,announced its newest game, “Angry Birds Space,” on Thursday, March 8,2012. NASA and Rovio are working together to teach people about physics andspace exploration through the internationally successful puzzle game.

Game developers have incorporated concepts of human space exploration into thenew game. From the weightlessness of space to the gravity wells of nearbyplanets, players use physics as they explore the various levels of the game setboth on planets and in microgravity.

Aboard the International Space Station, Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASAcreated a video using Angry Birds Space to explain how physics works in space,including demonstrating trajectories in microgravity by catapulting an AngryBird through the space station. The video was shown this week to an audience atthe South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals, an annual convention oforiginal music, independent films, and emerging technologies in Austin, Texas.It is also available on NASA’s website at

For more information on microgravity, visit

For more information about the International Space Station, visit

For more information about Angry Birds Space, visit


New ISSLive! Application Available for iPhone,iPad and Android

NASA announces the release of the ISSLive! app for iPhone, iPad and Andoid.This innovative, interactive app provides a novel way to learn about theInternational Space Station while on the go.

The ISS Live! app delivers live streaming data from the International SpaceStation. Users can take a virtual 3-D tour of the Mission Control Center andthe space station, and view mission control console displays with real-timedata. Interactive educational lessons using the data, as well as crew and sciencetimelines with individual crew member, social media and international scienceexperiment details are also available via the app.

To learn more and find links to download the ISSLive! app, visit

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”Women in STEM” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is pleasedto invite you and your students to take part in a special event series titled”Women in STEM.”

Various subject matter experts from different NASA centers will bein the Digital Learning Network studios for a series of free webcasts focusingon how women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fieldscontribute to NASA. Selected classrooms will be able to interact live with theexperts in the studio. Each event will be webcast to allow students from allover the world to watch the interviews. Any student can interact by sending questionsvia email.

The schedule of events through March 2012includes:

March9: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
March12: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
March16: NASA’s Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio, and the JetPropulsion Laboratory in California
March 19: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter near Cleveland, Ohio, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,Ala., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California
March 22: NASA’s Goddard SpaceFlight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory inCalifornia
March 30: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter near Cleveland, Ohio, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center inGreenbelt, Md.

Each hourlong webcast is scheduled to begin at 1p.m. Eastern.

For more information and to watch the webcasts online, visit the DLN website at

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Erin McKinley at


Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars through May 2012. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities,lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Food for Thought (Grades 5-8)
March 12, 2012, 3:30 – 5p.m. EST

Aerospace education Steve Culivan will share”Food for Thought,” a new NASA educator guide designed to explorespace food and the nutritional needs of the astronauts that includes a menu ofinquiry activities and other resources to address this exciting topic.

Looking at the Sun: NASA’s Missions to the Sunand the 2012 Study of the Venus Transit (Grades K-12)
March 14, 2012, 4:30 – 6p.m. EST

Aerospace education Rick Varner will discuss theinherent connection between the sun and life on Earth This session is designedto look at NASA’s missions to the study the sun and share sun-Earth activitiesand resources available for use in the classroom. There will be a particularfocus on the Venus Transit taking place June 5-6, 2012, and the Sun-Earth Dayactivities associated with this event.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
March 16, 2012, 10 – 11a.m. EST

Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertsonwill instruct teachers on how to use stuffed animals as props in telling thestory of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared forteachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the CoreLiteracy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geological Historyof Mars (Grades 5-12)
March 29, 2012, 4 – 5p.m. EST

Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt willshare an activity that uses an inquiry-based, critical-thinking approach tostudying the surface of Mars like scientists do. This lesson will teachstudents to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relativeage-dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologichistory.

For more information about the webinars listedabove, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through May 2012, visit

Questions about this series of webinars shouldbe directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at


Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2012 Campaign

GLOBE at Night is a worldwide, hands-on scienceand education program for primary and secondary schools. The GLOBE at Nightproject encourages citizen-scientists worldwide to record the brightness of thenight sky. During four select sets of dates, children and adults match theappearance of a constellation (Orion or Leo in the northern hemisphere, andOrion and Crux in the southern hemisphere) with seven star charts ofprogressively fainter stars. The map is located at then submit their choice of star chart online with their date,time and location to help create a light-pollution map worldwide.

The GLOBE at Night 2012 campaign dates are March 13-22 and April 11-20, 2012.Over 68,000 measurements have been contributed from more than 115 countriesover the last six years of two-week campaigns.

Children and adults can submit theirmeasurements in real time if they have a smart phone or tablet. To do this, usethe Web application at smart phones and tablets, the location, date and time are put inautomatically. And if you do not have a smart phone or tablet, there are user-friendlytools on the GLOBE at Night report page to find latitude and longitude.

Through GLOBE at Night, students, teachers,parents and community members are amassing a data set from which they canexplore the nature of light pollution locally and across the globe. Make adifference and join the GLOBE at Night efforts in 2012. Activity packets,one-page flyers and postcards advertising the campaign are available at

Please email any questions about GLOBE at Nightto


NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is pleasedto invite you and your students to take a look into the intriguing world ofscience, technology, engineering and mathematics from a woman’s perspective.

This free webcast series titled “STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart ofa Woman” will feature a female NASA STEM professional, along with a highschool senior from NASA’s Women in STEM High School Aerospace project, alsoknown as WISH.

This hourlong webcast will take place eachWednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern during the month of March.

For more information and to watch the webcasts online, visit the DLN website at

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Caryn Long at


Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on March 15, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate rocketry into your teaching repertoire.The featured lesson is the “High-Power Paper Rockets” activity from NASA’sRockets Educator Guide. The activity addresses forces and motion, center ofmass and center of pressure. This seminar provides an overview of the activity,explores the NASA connections, shares tips and tricks for implementing thislesson in the classroom and discusses possible modifications or extensions.

For more information and toregister online, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Center

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a one-weeksummer residential session for early childhood and elementary education majorspreparing to teach in an elementary or middle school classroom. Threeinstitutes will take place this year: June 18-22 (for Houston and surroundingareas), June 24-30 and July 8-14, 2012. All events will take place at NASA’sJohnson Space Center in Houston.

College students from diverse backgrounds willbe exposed to aerospace, mathematics and science enrichment activities.Pre-service teachers are able to interface with NASA personnel and tour JohnsonSpace Center facilities while learning to incorporate NASA’s cutting-edgeresearch into lesson plans for elementary and intermediate school students.

Full-time undergraduate students in their junioror senior year are invited to apply.

The application period closes on March 15, 2012. Formore information, visit

Please e-mail any questions about thisopportunity to Sharon Griffin at


Live Video Chat — Astronomy: Starry, Starry Night

On March 16, 2012, Dr. MichelleThaller from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will answerstudent questions from 1-2 p.m. EDT. Dr. Thaller’s research interests are hotstars, colliding stellar winds, binary star evolution and evolved stellarcompanions. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your students ask Dr. Thallerabout her research and the path that led her to NASA.

Submit questions during the chat through a chat window, or send them to

To learn more about NES, visit the website.

For more information and to view the video chat, visit

If you have any questions about the video chat, contact


National Spaced Out Sports Design Challenge

Students in grades 5-8 throughout the UnitedStates are invited to participate in Spaced Out Sports, a national designchallenge that applies Newton’s Laws of Motion by designing a game for theInternational Space Station astronauts to play in space. The goal is forstudents to learn the science behind the game on Earth and in microgravity.

Students will submit game demonstrations via aplaybook and video. Submissions will be accepted from schools, home schoolgroups, after-school or enrichment programs. Awards include: First Place –NASA school-wide or program-wide celebration (U.S. teams only); top three teams– games played on the space station and recorded for a future broadcast; allcontributing schools and programs — opportunity to participate in a DigitalLearning Network webcast with astronauts on the space station.

Entries are due March 16, 2012.

Spaced Out Sports student and educator resourcesinclude posters, bookmarks, curriculum guides, career videos and DigitalLearning Network modules. All include NASA astronauts, engineers and celebritysports figures engaging students in relevant space-sports connections byexplaining and demonstrating the science behind their work and/or games.Featured are: former astronaut and NASA Associate Administrator for EducationLeland Melvin and astronaut Nicole Stott; Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin;NASCAR’s Juan Pablo Montoya; basketball’s Temeka Johnson; football/Super Bowlchampions New Orleans Saints; and hockey’s Ryan O’Reilly and the ColoradoAvalanche.

Spaced Out Sports is managed by NASA’s StennisSpace Center Education through the Teaching From Space Office at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Flight Center in Houston.

For more information and to register for thechallenge, visit

If you have questions about Spaced Out Sports,please email inquiries to


OSSI: SOLAR — Summer 2012 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI,strives to provide students at all institutions of higher education access to aportfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered byNASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the OSSI LaunchPad to find information oninternship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features theOSSI: Student Online Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars,or SOLAR. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for alltypes of higher-education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarshipopportunities in one location. A single application places the student in theapplicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Applications for summer 2012 opportunities aredue March 16, 2012.

To find available opportunities and to fill outa SOLAR application, visit

Inquiries about the OSSI: SOLAR should bedirected to Mabel Matthews at


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Informal Educator Workshop:International Space Station — Engaging Your Audience in Low Earth Orbit

NASA’s International Space Station, also knownas ISS, and the ISS National Laboratory provide unparalleled opportunities foreducators to connect students and other audiences directly to science,technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

On March 24-25, 2012, NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif., will host an educator workshop thatwill include science presentations by NASA experts, demonstrations of hands-onactivities, ISS Live! website activities, educational resources and bestpractices for creating content and educational activities in informal settings.Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to network with fellowparticipants to enable future collaborations.

The registration deadline for this workshop hasbeen extended to March16, 2012. A $35 registration fee includes continental breakfast,beverages, snacks, a box lunch and incidentals.

For more information, directions to the workshoplocation and to register online, visit

Unable to attend in person? Portions of theworkshop will be available through NASA’s Digital Learning Network. Check the workshop websitefor more information

Please direct questions about this workshop tothe JPL Informal Education staff at


InternationalSpace Station National Lab Education Project

The ISS National Lab Education Project, or ISS NLEP, has released asolicitation for proposals of STEM-related educational experiments that utilizethe unique ISS microgravity platform.

Proposals are being accepted from the higher education communities through March 23, 2012. Seven areas ofopportunities are available. These areas include general facilitysimulation-based, ground-based, in-orbit activities as well as specific areasthat are already developed and ready for advancement.

This announcement is accessible through NSPIRES and through

To access through NSPIRES, go to:{8626F554-923E-4797-DEE7-89CF3988FEE3}&path=open.

To access through, go to:;jsessionid=VHPgP97WbRJXqyL263ptQLXJL1CmsyGXh2y27YMLhBHGN7PDb56Y!-213555334?oppId=143253&mode=VIEW.

Here’s a chance to make your ideas a part of NASA’s mission!


VisitNASA Explorer Schools at the 2012 NSTA Conference

If you are attending the
2012National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Educationin Indianapolis on March 29 through April 1, be sure tostop by NASA’s exhibit booth #2159 in the exhibit hall. NASA Explorer Schools,or NES, representatives will be there to share information and answer yourquestions.

If you are not yet a participant in the NES project, you can obtain detailedinformation about NES by visiting the booth or attending a NES presentation.The session, “Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help!”, takesplace on Friday, March 30, from 11 a.m.- noon in the Cabinet Room of the Westin Indianapolis.

Everyone is invited to attend any of the additional NES lesson-relatedsessions:
— The “Virtual Lab and NASA Explorer Schools” session takes place onFriday, March 30, from 4 – 4:45 room 142 of the Convention Center.
— The “NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System”session takes place on Saturday, March31, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., in room 111/112 of the Convention Center.

Attend one of these presentations and see how NES helps teachers by packagingeverything needed to deliver an exciting NASA-related lesson to students!

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


StudentFlight Mission Challenge — Improving Earthquake Monitoring

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is gaining a betterunderstanding of earth science processes such asearthquakes through airborne science research platforms. Using aspecially modified Gulfstream-III jet, NASA engineers and scientists are usingradar to collect data on how quakes change the Earth’s surface, which mayeventually help scientists forecast earthquakes. NASA hopes to collect baselinedata in critical areas in order to improve our understanding of how quakes affectnot only the immediate area of the quake, but also the state of stress in thesurrounding faults. This will help them improve their forecast models of quakeprobability and magnitude.

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and JetPropulsion Laboratory are in process of identifying several new areas tocollect baseline data for earthquake studies. Educators, grades 7-9, areinvited to engage students in the NASA Student Flight Mission Challenge.Through this challenge, students will have the opportunity to investigate,evaluate, design and present a solution to a real-world problem that willexpand our understanding of earthquakes at the global level. Students will formsmall mission teams to create multimedia presentations that suggest a site fora new earthquake science investigation. The challenge will engage students aspractitioners of science through exploration of the airborne science researchprocess that NASA scientists and engineers use to study earth system science.Students will:

— Investigate the science.
— Select a site for earthquake monitoring.
— Prepare a flight plan.
— Develop a multimedia proposal for submittal to NASA.

The challenge can be implemented in a classroom,after-school or other formal and informal teaching environment. One student team proposal can besubmitted per educator. Proposals will be reviewed and ranked by NASA staff. Selectstudent teams will receive recognition as earth system science investigators,and up to three teachers will be invited to attend the Airborne ResearchExperiences for Educators and Students, or AREES, 2012 summer academy.

To submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) for the StudentFlight Mission Challenge, visit

The deadline to submit an NOI is April16, 2012.
The deadline to submit a student team’s proposal is May 21, 2012.

To obtain the curriculum materials and to learn the science and pedagogicalcontent knowledge to prepare students for this challenge, enroll in the onlinecourse Earth System Science throughNASA’s electronic Professional Development Network at course is free, self-directed and technology and standards-based.

This activity is offered through the Aerospace, Education, Research andOperations Institute in Palmdale, Calif., in partnership with NASA’s DrydenFlight Research Center and the Teaching From Space program at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Center in Houston, Texas. The G-III aircraft isoperated from the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale incollaboration with instrument investigators from NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

For more information about the AREES activity, refer to the website at


2012Lunar Workshops for Educators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a series ofworkshops for educators of students in grades 6-12. These workshops will focuson lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolvingwith the new data from current and recent lunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowed scientists to obtain the coldestmeasurement recorded in the solar system, map the surface of the moon inunprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologicactivity, characterize the radiation environment around the moon and itspotential effects on future lunar explorers and much, much more!

Workshop participants will learn about these and other recent discoveries,reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, interact with lunarscientists and engineers, work with real LRO data and learn how to bring thesedata and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned withlocal, state and national standards. Laptops are strongly encouraged for those participatingin this workshop.

Workshops will take place in the following locations:
— June 4-8, 2012 — Durango Discovery Museum, Durango, Colo.
— June 18-22, 2012 — Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky.
— June 25-29, 2012 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas
— July 9-13, 2012 — NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
— July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012 — Museum of the North, University of Alaska,Fairbanks, Alaska

Each workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Interested educators areencouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will beaccepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit

Questions about these workshops should be directed to Katie Hessen at


NASA’s Digital Learning Network Special Event: Chat With a MissionControl Flight Officer

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, isexcited to offer a unique opportunity to ask questions of an actual mission controlflight officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students will have adirect connection to the public affairs console and will witness the innerworkings of the International Space Station’s Mission Control Center.Additional flight control officers specializing in life support, power,data/communications and robotics may be also be available to speak withstudents.

Before you connect with mission control, a DLN education specialist will spendapproximately 30 minutes with your students highlighting the many science, technology,engineering and mathematics concepts that are important aboard the spacestation. Give an incredible, inspirational opportunity to your students andillustrate real-life applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematicsin action.

For more information and to register for an upcoming event, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to


What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

The Space Place has always been aboutmaking learning fun and painless. Of course, one of the best ways to do thatwith young students is to include a game with a lesson. That makes theexperience all about having fun, and, oh, by the way, maybe catching on to anew idea.

New at
Now the Space Place is taking fun for a walk. Leaping into the world of mobileapplications, we’ve launched our second iPhone game (also optimized for iPad).

“Comet Quest” puts the player in charge of the exciting Rosetta mission to acomet. Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to orbit a comet and drop a landeron the surface. So, in the game, players drop a lander, then record cracks andcraters, jets of gas, tail and coma changes, and chunks of ice flying off thecomet. Players must avoid hitting those pesky solid chunks, retrieve data fromthe lander and transmit data to Earth. Music and sound effects make for animmersive experience. Points accumulate based on lander dropping skill andsuccess at recording events and avoiding crashes. Bonus points may be earned atthe end of the game for answering comet-related questions. A “Learn More”feature has easy reading and illustrations about comets. Go to to get the “Comet Quest” link to the Apple App Store.It’s free.

Space Place en Español
We’ve mentioned our first mobile game app “Satellite Insight” in aprevious issue. Now, It is the first NASA app to be available in Spanish. Alongwith the link to the Apple App Store, a Spanish Web version of the game is alsoavailable at

To recap, in “Satellite Insight,” you are the Geostationary OperationalEnvironmental Satellite R-Series, or GOES-R, environmental satellite, and yourjob is to keep up with the massive flow of data that your advanced instrumentsare collecting.

The game play is somewhat “Tetris”-like, with colorful tilesrepresenting different types of data falling into a grid on the display. Withmusic and sound effects, “Satellite Insight” is addictive for some weare told.

Spotlight on Webmaster’s Faves
When the webmaster spends her lunch time playing a Space Place gameover and over, you know it must be something special. She can often be spiedplaying “Ozone Trap-n-Zap” and “Photon Pileup.”

Of “Trap-n-Zap” she says, “Well, somebody’s got to do something to improve theair quality around here!” That’s because ozone near Earth’s surface is damagingto the health of living things. It also acts as a greenhouse gas when it’shanging out at the top of the troposphere (the layer nearest Earth’s surface).But between those two regions of bad ozone is a layer of good ozone, whereozone acts as a pollution scrubber. And higher up still, in the stratosphere,it protects us from harmful ultraviolet rays. So, our webmaster spends herspare time trapping the good ozone and zapping the bad ozone. Help her out at

“Photon Pileup” is a horse of a different color — several colors, actually.She says, “I just like the pretty photons. The purple ones are the mostimportant for making the ultraviolet Galaxy Evolution Explorer space pictures.I like the red ones (for infrared light) best, but I have to survive to Level 5to see them! That’s a challenge.” Can you get far enough to see the redphotons? Try at

For the Classroom
For groups of two or more players, board games are great. How aboutan online board game? That’s “Wild Weather Adventure.” Up to four players picka player name (like Hurricane or Nimbus) and a colored research blimp playingpiece, and take turns spinning the spinner, traveling the map, making rescues,gathering scientific information and answering questions. Check it out at

For out-of-school time
Click on a planet or a comet or some asteroids or a moon, and read asnippet about it. “Solar System Explorer” gives a graphic overlook of all theplanets and their major moons in animated orbits. Where we have NASA missions,play a mini-game. For example, take command of the Cassini spacecraft and helpit navigate the icy chunk mine field of Saturn’s rings. The main thing, ofcourse, is to learn about the planets and moons. Go exploring at

Special Days

March 19: Canberra, Australia, Day
This fine city is one of three earthly homes for NASA’s Deep Space Network, orDSN, of antennas, which track planetary spacecraft. The “DSN Uplink-Downlink” gamepays homage at

March 23: Energy Education Day
Attack the energy problem, or at least the worst of its by-products, by playing“Greenhouse Gas Attack” at

April 18, 1912: First Crossword Book Published
“Weather Word Cross” is a different kind of crossword puzzle at

April 22: Earth Day
A perfect day to admire Earth as art by solving beautiful satellite image“spuzzles” at

April 28: Astronomy Day
“Slyder” puzzles of fabulous infrared space images will get everyone in themood at

And many more . . .
Just press “Play” from any screen and get the complete menu ofgames. There’s no excuse for being bored at The Space Place!

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