NASA Education Express — April 4, 2013

Check out the followingNASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listedbelow.

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities UnderSequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing themandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The lawmandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductionstotaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement anumber of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimizeimpacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences,travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agencymust operate has been provided.

For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagementactivities please reference the following webpage.

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html

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

Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology WebSeminar

Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 4, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: April 8, 2013

NASA ResearchAnnouncement for Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASAVisitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

Frequently AskedQuestions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for ScienceMuseums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities(CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal DomesticAssistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: April 9, 2013

U.S.Department of Energy Webinar — Energy 101: A Model Interdisciplinary Higher EducationCourse for Teaching the Fundamentals of Energy
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Event Date: April 10, 2013, 2 – 4 p.m. EDT

SummerCounselors Needed: 2013 Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: Educators Interested in STEM Fields
Application Deadline: April 15, 2013
Summer Session Dates: June 23-28 and July 7-12, 2013

Reduced GravityEducation Flight Opportunity for Students at Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Higher Education Educators & Students
Proposal Deadline: April 17, 2013

InternationalSpace Apps Challenge
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: April 20-21, 2013

ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 Mission – EarthKAM ErosionChallenge
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students
Mission Dates: April 23-26, 2013

Free Virtual Professional DevelopmentWorkshop Series: Rockets to Racecars
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: First workshop takes place on April 23, 2013, at 3:15 p.m. EDT

NASASeeks Universities for Early Stage Innovation Tech Proposals
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Notice of Intent Deadline: April 29, 2013
Proposal Deadline: May 21, 2013

2013 Astrobiology Summer ScienceExperience for Teachers
Audience: Grade 9-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2013
Event Date: July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013

2014 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab)Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Due Date: May 1, 2013

Historical NASA SpaceArtifacts Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other EducationOrganizations
Deadline: May 6, 2013

NASA Seeks Academic Partners forSmallSat Technology Collaboration
Audience: U.S. Colleges and Universities
Proposal Deadline: June 5, 2013

Don’t miss out onupcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities andmore, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’swebsite:
— Educators https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on April 4, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Participants will learn to use the data from NASA’s research satellite programin their meteorology lessons. This Web seminar features “Monitoring theGlobal Environment,” one of eight modules within the satellite meteorologycourse. The activities within this module incorporate the use of authentic dataacquired by NASA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites and PolarOperational Environmental Satellites. Attendees will learn how to locate anddownload satellite data then use the data to create graphs.

This is the final time this Web seminar will be offered during the currentschool year.

For more informationand to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar17.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to theNASA Explorer Schools Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Seriesfrom the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of freewebinars throughout April 2013. All webinars can be accessed online. Joinaerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans,educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Content (Grades 6-12)
April 8, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he discusses waysto modify lessons to teach the engineering process while still covering requiredcontent. Upon completion, participants will be able to modify lessons and unitsto incorporate engineering design into any science, technology, engineering andmathematics subject as recommended in the Common Core standards.

Wings, Strings and Flying Things (Grades 3-8)
April 9, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Angelo Casaberri will discuss thefour forces of flight: lift, drag, thrust and weight. Participants will beintroduced to activities that bring aviation into the classroom. Build and fly kitchen trash bag sled kites, paperhelicopters/rotor motors and foam plate gliders from scale drawings andtemplates using inexpensive, locally obtainable materials.

3,670,044,979 miles From the Sun and Wicked Cold (Grades 3-8)
April 15, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Rick Varner as he discusses the extremedistances of the objects in our solar system. Participants will learn how touse a simple linear model of paper to look more closely at the distant dwarfplanet Pluto and the New Horizons mission scheduled for an encounter in 2015.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-8)
April 16, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiryactivities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualizeour sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge (Grades 6-12)
April 22, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss ways NASA is working tokeep astronauts from exceeding acceptable levels of radiation exposure duringspaceflight.

Kepler Mission: Planets, Planets… Planets! (Grades 6-12)
April 23, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss NASA’s Kepler Mission.Kepler has been in space for three years searching for planets that are orbitingstars in the Milky Way galaxy. Participants will learn how transits are used tofind planets and determine their sizes and distances from the stars they orbit.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 4-8)
April 30, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT and 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore how to use robotics toenhance your students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering andmathematics, or STEM. Participants will also learn about NASA STEM roboticsmissions, curriculum and activities that are available.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinarstaking place through April 2013, visithttp://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to ChrisGamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

The U.S. Department of Education has Green Strideswebinars scheduled throughout 2013. To see a full list of Green Strideswebinars, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/webinar.html.

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NASA ResearchAnnouncement for Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASAVisitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+)

The NASA Office of Education invites proposalsfrom museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers and otherinformal education institutions via this 2013 NASA Research Announcement, orNRA,: Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA VisitorCenters Plus Other Opportunities, or CP4SMP+, Announcement Number NNH13ZHA001N.Proposals must be submitted electronically via the NASA Solicitation andProposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System, or NSPIRES, or Grants.gov.

Proposers may request a grant or cooperativeagreement to support NASA-themed science, technology, engineering ormathematics, or STEM, education, including exhibits, within thesecongressionally directed topics: space exploration, aeronautics, space science,Earth science or microgravity. CP4SMP+ is a competitive, high-quality nationalprogram. The basic goal of the CP4SMP+ solicitation is to further NASAStrategic Goal 6: Share NASA with the public, educators and students to provideopportunities to participate in our mission, foster innovation and contributeto a strong national economy. A primary, but not the only, subgoal of thissolicitation is to achieve NASA’s flagship investment in Outcome 6.2: PromoteSTEM literacy through strategic partnerships with formal and informalorganizations.

Eligible institutions do not need to have thewords “museum,” “visitor center,” “science” or”planetarium” in their official names, but must be located in theUnited States or its territories. See the NRA for full eligibility requirementsand other limitations. Check the NSPIRES website once a week to learn ifamendments or frequently asked questions, or FAQs, have been added. Amendmentsand FAQs also will be announced via the NASA Education Express Listserv.

Do not submit a Notice Of Intent.

Full proposals are due April 9, 2013.

For more information about this opportunity,visit NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE}&path=open.

If you have any questions about thisopportunity, please direct your questions to the contacts listed within theNRA.

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Frequently AskedQuestions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for ScienceMuseums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities(CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH13ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal DomesticAssistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008)

Twenty new Frequently Asked Questions were posted on the CP4SMP+ portalpage on NSPIRES on April 1, 2013.

Visit: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B37764C2A-F415-01DF-1B30-F1971BE7F8BE%7D&path=open

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U.S. Department of Energy Webinar — Energy 101: A ModelInterdisciplinary Higher Education Course for Teaching the Fundamentals ofEnergy

Join the U.S. Department of Energy, or DOE, and its Energy 101 projectcollaborators for a webinar detailing the newly released Energy 101 curricularframework. This webinar is for educators, administrators and other interestedparties who would like to learn about the Energy 101 course framework and howtheir institutions can get involved in this effort, as well as how theframework has been used in the development of an ongoing pilot course at theUniversity of Maryland.

The framework was designed to challenge college students at two- and four-yearschools across the country to explore systematically the science and socialscience behind sound energy decision making. It also builds on DOE’s work,through the National Training and Educational Resource and other means, to makeinterdisciplinary, immersive energy content available for all to use.

This webinar will take place on April 10,2013, at 2 p.m. EDT.

For more information and toregister online, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/986285760.

Questions about this webinar should be emailed to DaNel Hogan at DaNel.Hogan@ee.doe.gov.

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Summer Counselors Needed: 2013 Women in STEM High School AerospaceScholars

The Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, or WISH, projectoffers a one-of-a-kind experience for female high school juniors to jump-starttheir futures by engaging in opportunities relating to science, technology,engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Participation starts in an onlinecommunity and culminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson SpaceCenter in Houston, Texas, during the summer of 2013.

WISH is looking for counselors for its summersessions. Applicants should be educators who have experience and are interestedin the STEM fields. Counselors will work either the week of June 23-28 or July7-12, 2013. This is the perfect opportunity for educators looking to inspireyoung minds and spend a week at NASA’s Johnson SpaceCenter.

Applications are due April 15, 2013.

For more information please contact: Maria Chambers at: maria.a.chambers@nasa.gov.

To complete an application please visit the website at: https://spacegrant.net/apps/?pk=wish3.

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Reduced Gravity Education Flight Opportunity forStudents at Minority Serving Institutions

NASA is offering undergraduate students fromminority serving institutions an opportunity to test experiments inmicrogravity aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.

This opportunity is a partnership between theMinority University Research and Education Program and NASA’s Reduced GravityEducation Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose,design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will test andevaluate their experiments aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity airplane. The aircraftflies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights toproduce periods of weightlessness and hypergravity ranging from 0 gravity, or g,to 2 g.

Proposals are due April 17, 2013.

All applicants must be full-time undergraduatestudents, U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit https://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/murep/.

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to Suzanne Foxworth at jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov.

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InternationalSpace Apps Challenge

NASA and government agencies worldwide will host thesecond International Space Apps Challenge April20-21, 2013, with events across all seven continents and in space.

Participants are encouraged to develop mobile applications, software, hardware,data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to spaceexploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

The two-day event will provide an opportunity for government to harness theexpertise and entrepreneurial spirit of citizen explorers to help addressglobal challenges. During the event, representatives of NASA and otherinternational space agencies will gather with scientists and participants touse publicly released open data to create solutions for 50 software, hardwareand visualization challenges, including robotics, citizen science platforms andapplications of remote sensing data.

Twelve locations in the United States will host an International Space AppsChallenge event: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Cleveland;Detroit; Easton, Md.; New York; Philadelphia; Reno, Nev.; Rochester, N.Y.; SanFrancisco; and Syracuse, N.Y. Thirty-eight other events will be held in 30other countries: Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia,Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Guatemala,India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Poland, Macedonia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand,South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda and United Kingdom.Also participating will be McMurdo Station in Antarctica and astronauts aboardthe International Space Station

Registration for citizen participation is now open.

To learn more about the International Space Apps Challenge, get thelatest updates and register to attend an event, visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/.

If you have questions about the challenge, please visit http://spaceappschallenge.org/about/contact/.

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ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 Mission – EarthKAM ErosionChallenge

Middle schooleducators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAMSpring 2013 Mission from April 23-26,2013. This mission will feature the EarthKAM Erosion Challenge. Guide yourstudents in hands-on research as they program cameras aboard the space stationto take pictures of erosion on Earth, and then video conference with anastronaut to discuss what they learned. Duringthe interactive video conference, students will share what they learned abouterosion, exchange images and chat with the astronaut about the research beingconducted from the International Space Station.

For more information about EarthKAM and to register for the upcoming mission,visit the EarthKAM home page https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/ek-images/erosion_challenge.

Please note that you can participate in the ISS EarthKAM Spring 2013 missionwithout participating in the EarthKAM Erosion Challenge.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project,please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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Free Virtual ProfessionalDevelopment Workshop Series: Rockets to Racecars

Start your engines! Engage students inreal-world mathematics and incorporate standards-based hands-on activities tomake mathematics challenging and fun. Bring the excitement of racing andthe thrill of launching into your classroom with the “Rockets 2 Racecars”educational materials.

Learn about tires and air pressure as you calculatethe effects of temperature on regular tires as well as Space Shuttle andracecar tires in the session “Measure Up and Calculate.” Use mathematicsto interpret air pressure and air flow data on airplane wings and racecarspoilers in “May the Force Uplift You…or Not!”. Test the variablesthat affect cars’ stability to travel by constructing a balloon-powered racecar and maneuver through different angles to see force in action in “Newton’sAngle on Force and Motion.” Design a capsule to land on Mars and see itseffectiveness by calculating speed or rate of descent in “Drag Race toMars Engineering Design Challenge.”

Sign up today to join the free four-day workshop series on April 23, April25, April 29 and May 1, 2013, from 3:15pm to 4:30pm EDT.

Participants who register and complete all four workshops are eligible toreceive five workshop hours towards continuing education units.

For more information, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colon Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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NASA SeeksUniversities for Early Stage Innovation Tech Proposals

NASA is seeking innovative, early-stagespace technology proposals from accredited U.S. universities that will enableNASA’s future missions and America’s leadership in space.

Proposals are sought for science instruments, cryogenic propellant storage forlong-duration space exploration, optical coatings for astrophysical pursuits,oxygen recovery for life support systems, and to improve our understanding ofand protection from near-Earth asteroids.

Each of these space technology areas requires dramatic improvements overexisting capabilities. New early stage, or low technology readiness-level,technologies could mature into tools that solve the hard challenges facingNASA’s future scientific and human spaceflight missions. Researchers shouldpropose unique, transformational space technologies that address specific topicsfound in this solicitation.

This solicitation requests proposals on five topic areas. The first topic areaseeks new instrument technologies for the exploration of planetary bodieswithin our solar system. Innovative technology advances are needed to supportthe instruments that scientists will need to better understand the history,climates, evidence of past life and future potential habitability of planetsand moons within the solar system.

Spaceflight architectures for future human space exploration beyond low-Earthorbit will require technologies and capabilities not available today, such aslong duration storage of cryogenic propellants in a zero gravity environment.Under a second topic area for this solicitation, NASA is particularlyinterested in proposals regarding how to mature fundamental experimental andcomputational solutions to address the challenges of cryogenic storage ofliquid hydrogen.

Through a third topic area for this solicitation, NASA is seeking advances inoptics technologies to enable the challenging science measurements that maycontribute to the understanding of the first moments of the universe, the characterizationof galaxy evolution over time and the characterization of newly foundexoplanets.

As future exploration missions extend beyond low-Earth orbit, vehicles andextraterrestrial surface habitats housing astronauts will need to be highlyreliable and self-sufficient; the opportunity for resupply of consumablesdiminishes the farther from home you go. The fourth topic area of thissolicitation seeks novel technologies that will help close the atmosphererevitalization loop aboard spaceships and surface habitats during long durationspace missions. New technologies must have the potential to significantlyincrease the oxygen recovery rate beyond the current state of the art.

Under a final topic area, NASA is seeking proposals for new technologies tobetter understand and protect our planet from near-Earth asteroids. Early stagetechnologies that will help with characterizing, understanding, and planninghow to mitigate the threat of near-Earth asteroids are of great interest. Theseefforts are important for the sustainability and future of our home planet.

NASA expects to make approximately 10 awards this fall, based on the merit ofproposals received. Each award will be made for one year with an additionalyear of research possible. The typical annual award value is expected to beapproximately $250,000. Second-year funding will be contingent on theavailability of appropriated funds and technical progress. Only accredited U.S.universities may submit proposals to this solicitation. Notices of intent are due by April 29, 2013, with proposals due May 21,2013.

To view the Early Stage Innovation NASA Research Announcement and information forsubmitting proposals, visit http://go.usa.gov/25De.

The solicitation is a part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate,which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’sfuture missions. For more information about NASA’s investment in spacetechnology, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to Claudia Meyer at claudia.m.meyer@nasa.gov.

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2013 Astrobiology Summer ScienceExperience for Teachers

The 2013 Astrobiology Summer ScienceExperience for Teachers, or ASSET, is being held July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013, at SanFrancisco State University. ASSET will feature presentations by leading astrobiologyresearchers from the SETI Institute, NASA and the California Academy ofSciences. Scientists will share the latest in astrobiology research on theorigin of life on Earth, the extreme conditions in which life exists, Marsexploration, the formation of planetary systems around sun-like stars and thesearch for life in the universe.

The six-day workshop features a combination of cutting-edge science,inquiry-based teaching and learning and leadership skills development tosupport teachers and teacher trainers.

Participants receive the entire VoyagesThrough Time curriculum and complementary astrobiology materials,developed by NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, for use in their classrooms.

Applications are due April 30, 2013.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.seti.org/seti-educators/asset.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Pamela Harmanat pharman@seti.org.

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2014 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge

In a continuing effort to engage and retain students in science, technology,engineering and mathematics fields and provide a real-world challenge, exposingstudents to the engineering and design processes, the Advanced ExplorationSystems Habitation Systems Deep Space Habitat Project team has begun acceptingapplications for the 2014 eXploration Habitat, or X-Hab Challenge.

Post-secondary students, engaged in a variety of curricula, will work togetherto create a solution to a need for living and working in space or on anothercelestial body. The winners of the challenge will receive between $10,000 and $20,000to design and produce functional products of interest to the Deep Space Habitatproject.

Proposals are due May 1, 2013, andawardees should expect to deliver their product to NASA’s Johnson Space Centerin Houston, Texas, in May of 2014.

Proposals will be accepted from university faculty who are U.S. citizens andcurrently teach an ABET-accredited engineering senior or graduate design,industrial design, or architecture curriculum at an accredited university inthe U.S.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and otherminority serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, andpersons with disabilities also are highly encouraged.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://spacegrant.org/xhab/.

If you have any questions about the X-Hab Challenge, please email xhab@spacegrant.org.

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Historical NASASpace Artifacts Available for Educational Use

NASA is inviting eligible educationalinstitutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical spaceartifacts.

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies, processesand the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the General ServicesAdministration worked together to ensure broad access to space artifacts and toprovide a web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability. This is the 17thtime since 2009 NASA has made this opportunity available.

The web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items at thewebsite through May 6, 2013. Onlyschools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts. They must registeronline using an assigned Department of Education number or through the stateagency responsible for surplus property.

The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shippingcosts and any special handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will berelatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly,preparation, shipping and reassembly costs. NASA will work closely witheligible organizations, on a case-by-case basis, to address any unique specialhandling costs.

Special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles and packages ofthree packets of astronaut food, also are offered on a first-come, first-servedbasis. Instructions for requesting artifacts and special items are linked onthe website home page.

To date, more than 7,700 artifacts from programs, including the Mercury,Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope, have been givento eligible museums, schools, universities, libraries and planetariums in all50 U.S. states. Artifacts are on display for 42 days. NASA organizations must registertheir requests within the first 21 days. All other eligible organizations mayregister their requests after the first 21 days. After the viewing period ends,organizations will be notified about the status of their requests.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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NASASeeks Academic Partners for SmallSat Technology Collaboration

NASA is seeking small spacecrafttechnology project proposals from U.S. colleges and universities that wouldlike to collaborate with agency researchers.

Small spacecraft, or smallsats, represent a growing field of space research andoperations in which universities often have led the way in technologydevelopment. Smallsats, some of which are as small as a four-inch cube, are notexpected to replace conventional spacecraft, but sometimes can provide analternative to larger, more costly spacecraft. Smallsats can serve as platformsfor rapid technology testing or specialized scientific research and explorationnot otherwise possible. Smallsats also can be developed relatively quickly andinexpensively, and can share a ride to orbit with larger spacecraft.

NASA expects to competitively select approximately 10 proposals. Each team willform proposal partnerships with researchers from any of NASA’s field centers.Awards for each project will include as much as $100,000 ($150,000 for teams ofmore than one school). Proposals submitted in response to this NASA cooperativeagreement notice are due June 5, 2013.

In addition, NASA will fund the time for NASA employees to work with eachselected team. Project funding is for one year with the potential to continuefor a second year. Proposed projects could include anything from laboratorywork to advance a particular spacecraft technology to flight testing of a newsmallsat. For example, projects might focus on a technology area such aspropulsion, power or communications, or on a smallsat capability, such asformation flight or satellite rendezvous.

Details of the opportunity and instructions for submitting proposals areprovided in a Cooperative Agreement Notice that is available online at http://tinyurl.com/cb3mqdw.

For additional information on the Small Spacecraft Technology Program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/smallsats.

The Small Spacecraft Technology Program is part of NASA’s Space TechnologyMission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flyinghardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’sinvestment in space technology, visit https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Rachel Khattab atrachel.khattab@nasa.gov.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA.For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub