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Exhibit: Visions of Solar System, Smithsonian Air and Space

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The exhibit “Beyond: Visions of Our Solar System” at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum features the work of Michael Benson, who searched the archives of NASA and other planetary databases for extraordinary images of objects in our Solar System. Benson presents what our eyes might see if we could visit these spectacular places ourselves. Combining art, science, photography, and exploration, Beyond presents a visual tour of these diverse landscapes. It is the first large-scale retrospective look at the legacy of robotic spacecraft over the last 50 years.

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Online Magazine: Astrobiology Magazine

previewAstrobiology Magazine is a NASA-sponsored online popular science magazine, with stories that profile current exciting news across the wide, interdisciplinary field of astrobiology — the study of life in the universe. The magazine publishes new stories daily, and, in addition to a large article archive, offers a catalogue of podcasts, notes from the field, blogs, and other types of multimedia.

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Courses: Teachers Learn with NASA

Taking OffNASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to create the ePDN, a new initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engage their students in STEM subjects through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources. Teachers wanting to enhance their instructional skills, meet professional development goals, or find new and exciting resources to use in learning environments can apply to one of the free courses.

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Website: Hubble Telescope and HubbleSite

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Learn about the 2010 20th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope on the HubbleSite Website, where you’ll gain access to a remarkable gallery of images, updates on dark energy and other discoveries, detailed information about the Hubble and the planned-for, new Webb telescope, and an educators’ section offering teaching tools, online activities, and information on museum exhibits featuring the Hubble.

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Website: NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day

grandprom_stereoNASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day Website is a helpful resource originated, written, coordinated, and edited since 1995 by Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell. The APOD archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet.

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Website: Smithsonian’s Astronomy for Kids

m81_featureEyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground is a Website supported by the Smithsonian Institution’s Astrophysical Observatory that offers online astronomy activities for students in grades 2-6. Included are six online “chapters” that use astronomy as a classroom tool for learning how to theorize, experiment, and analyze data. The illustrated activities contain detailed, step-by-step instructions, as well as suggested discussion topics.

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Resource: The Universe from Smithsonian

Smithsonian - The Universe An IntroductionThe Universe: An Introduction from Smithsonian Education provides astronomy lesson plans, class activities, and a profile on astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger, who is in the burgeoning business of “planet hunting.” As part of the activities, an online interactive game is available.

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NASA and George Tech Offer Distance Learning

Distance Learning (NASA Image)NASA and Georgia Tech have set up a series of distance learning courses for K-12 science teachers called the Electronic Professional Development Network, which is a free online set of courses designed to hep educators do a better job at teaching STEM subjects.

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Competition: Conceptualize Space Exploration. Deadline: Oct. 13, 2010

257849main_S74-17456_full-3Students ages 10–17 years old are invited to participate in the International Youth Art Competition to express their ideas about the future of human space exploration through visual, literary, musical, or digital art. Winners will receive a certificate of achievement, other prizes, and an invitation to attend the International Academy of Astronautics Humans in Space Symposium in April 2011.The best art will be displayed in an online gallery and on-site at the Symposium, where current human space exploration leaders, including astronauts and scientists, will hear what the young winners have to say. Submission Deadline: October 13, 2010.

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