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Mission: Solar System

Teachers TryScience logoTo mark the Year of the Solar System, NASA and PBS’s Design Squad Nation have teamed up to create a series of fun, space-based engineering challenges for children in grades 4 to 8.

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NASA Essay Contest: To the Moons!

nasa essayNASA is hosting an essay contest for students in grades 5 to 12 to help choose whether the next big mission to the outer solar system should go to Saturn’s moon, Titan, or to Jupiter’s moon, Europa. The deadline for submissions is February 28.

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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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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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