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Digital Badging – Professional Development on your own schedule

If you are anything like I was when I was still in the classroom, right about now, you are looking for some professional development (PD) hours to finish out your required number or start to get ahead on the next count. Finding PD offerings isn’t usually that difficult. Finding them to fit around your schedule is usually the issue. You are probably already aware o...

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What Causes Oceanic Currents?

Oceanic currents are the movement of water from one location to another. Currents are generally measured in meters per second or knots, where 1 knot equals 1.85 kilometers per hour (or 1.15 miles per hour). Oceanic currents are important to life on Earth because they redistribute water, heat, nutrients, and oxygen around the globe. "When currents upwell, or flow ...

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Preparing for Orion’s Ascent Abort-2 Test

This spring has been an exciting time for NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) personnel. Fresh off its Centennial Year celebration, “A Storied Legacy, A Soaring Future,” the Center witnessed a significant step into NASA’s future with mass properties testing of the nation’s next deep-space manned crew capsule, Orion. What are mass properties, you ask? Mass pr...

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SWING FOR MARS WITH NASA!

As a third grader in rural Georgia, I remember listening as President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous speech on September 12, 1962, stating, “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because...

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Rocks, the New Source of Nitrogen

Nitrogen is a naturally occurring element that is essential in most of the compounds that allow life to exist. Plants use it to grow and humans use it in many things like fertilizers, steel manufacturing, cooling and to refine oil. A new study found what might be a new source of nitrogen. Almost 78 percent of the earth's atmosphere is nitrogen. The commonly known...

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Let’s Explore Venus!

Far away, 261 million kilometers away from Earth, sits our other next-door neighbor besides Mars, Venus. From its many volcanoes, hot temperatures, and its peculiar backward spin, Venus is one planet we don't hear much about recently but that doesn't mean we don't know about it. Strap on and put on some sunscreen because we are traveling 66,898,970 miles away from t...

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How Hurricanes Form

Although beautiful when photographed from space, hurricanes are violent storms that form around the Equator. Their structure is always the same but what makes a hurricane destructive are its fast winds as it moves through water and reaches the coast. The scientific term for these storms is Tropical Cyclone, though depending on its location they are known by differen...

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Hot Gases in the Perseus Galaxy Cluster

The Perseus galaxy cluster is one of the most massive objects in the universe. It contains more than 1,000 galaxies, it's located about 240 million light-years away and at its center, there's a supermassive back whole. It caught scientists' attention in 1970 when a high X-ray emission was detected during an Aerobee rocket flight. When observed in the X-ray band, the...

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