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Curiosity’s Five Years of Mars Exploration

Five years ago the Curiosity Mars Rover landed on the surface of the red planet. Curiosity's mission is to determine Mars' habitability by examining the planet's climate and geology. It was set to explore the 96 mile-wide Gale Crater and study its structure, chemical composition, how it came to be, and how its history impacted its habitability. So far, Curiosit...

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Juno Spacecraft and Mission

Juno Spacecraft was launched on August 5, 2011, aboard an Atlas V-551 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It reached Jupiter in July 2016. Since, it has taken stunning pictures of Jupiter's Great Red Spot and begin to study the planet's auroras. Juno's mission goals are to: understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter, look for a solid planetary core, map the ma...

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STEAM-Rolling Through Space

STEM in the classroom can be enhanced by adding the “A” from “Arts” to make STEAM. STEAM creates full, cross-curricular learning. Galileo said, “Mathematics is the language of the universe.” To expand on this, we can also add: Science is the translation Engineering puts it all together Technology makes it real Arts bring it to everyone ...

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Amazon Trees Kick-Start Their Rainy Season

The Amazon's ecosystem is a fragile balance between the interaction of the plants, animals, microbes and the climate. These depend on each other to keep a flourishing environment. Insects, animals, and microbes depend on the plants for shelter and food, just as the plants depend on them for the breakdown of nutrients which go back into the soil that feeds the trees...

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Cassini Mission and Findings

On October 15, 1997, the Cassini orbiter and its attached Huygens probe launched on a seven-year journey to Saturn. The Cassini mission was a collective effort of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian space agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI). Along the way, the spacecraft collaborated studies of Jupiter for six months in 2000 with Galileo...

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NASA Expeditionary Skills: Preparing for the Learning Adventure

One of our greatest challenges as educators is helping our students prepare for lifelong learning and success.   NASA has developed a set of lesson plans to introduce and practice working as team to solve problems.  https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/expeditionary-skills-for-life.html The lessons are divided into four modules (Self ...

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Types Of Eclipses And How They Work

An eclipse, whether solar or lunar, happens when the Sun, Moon, and Earth align with each other. A solar eclipse, like the one on August 21, 2017, is when the Sun's light will be blocked by the Moon. A lunar eclipse is when the Moon passes behind the Earth into its shadow. As the Sun's light is refracted through the earth, the shadow will give the Moon a red-orange ...

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Eclipse Activities from the National Informal STEM Education Network

For the first time in almost 40 years, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun on August 21, 2017. Anyone within the path of totality will be able to see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. In preparation for this monumental event, NASA partnered with the NISE Network to create the Explore Science: Earth and Spa...

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Fluid Batteries Can Be The Future Of Electric Cars

Prude University researchers have developed a safe, affordable, and more environmentally friendly method that can be used in the future to recharge electric cars. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="876"] Peugeot 2008 HYbrid air cutaway exhibited at the Salão Internacional do Automóvel 2014 São Paulo, Brazil[/caption] Prude University professor, John ...

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Sugar-Based Biodegradable Plastics

With a growing demand for plastics, high waste disposal numbers and a growing population, renewable sources are a must to keep a healthy environment. Recycling steps may have already been put in action in many places around the world but plastic items are still a big part of land pollution. It is predicted that by 2050 "over 13 billion tons of plastic waste will be ...

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