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NASA’s return to the Moon with commercial partners

Man first landed on the Moon in July of 1969. It’s been 50 years since we first stepped foot on the lunar surface, but NASA and other space organizations around the world soon plan to usher in a new era of exploration—to the Moon and beyond. The Moon is the perfect proving ground and eventual staging area for deep-space travel to destinations like Mars. &n...

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Curiosity led us to the red planet: The rover’s recent findings

Curiosity is a Mars rover that launched from Earth on November 26, 2011. It landed on the red planet on August 6, 2012, after a 350 million mile journey. Its mission? To investigate the Martian climate and geology for future human exploration. Specifically, scientists tasked Curiosity with looking for habitable conditions and evidence of water or microbial life. T...

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FEELING THE HEAT WITH THE PARKER SOLAR PROBE

The Sun is one of the most definitive bodies in our galaxy. A constant in the Earth’s history, the Sun makes life possible on our blue planet. But even though much of our life revolves around the Sun, we know little about it. Distance, gravity, and incredible heat make it a challenge to study the Sun up close. Nevertheless, scientists need to understand how the...

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Monitoring Earth Vital Signs

NASA has come to represent generations of excitement about space exploration and rightly so. What is less known about NASA is its unique position to lead the study of our own planet. By making Earth-observation data and resources accessible to the scientific and education communities, NASA contributes to our understanding of important global challenges such as food ...

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Locating a “fossil” in our Universe

The beautiful thing about the Universe is that it holds so many mysteries. Mankind is always exploring and learning more information about the Universe, which often leaves us with more questions than answers. In late 2018, the Hubble Space Telescope made a monumental discovery: the location of a new galaxy beyond the reaches of the Milky Way. Despite the exciting...

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Teachers Positively Affecting Student Learning

Continuous Engagement in NASA STEM EPDC PD can change the culture of the STEM classroom Contributed by Dr. Lester Morales, EPDC Specialist, Kennedy Space Center In the Summer of 2016, 41 Pre-Service Educators attended National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Kennedy Space Center Minority University Research and Education Projects (MUREP) Educat...

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The Giant Significance of A White Dwarf

Have you ever wished upon a star? Although they appear as glints in the nighttime sky to us, stars are complex celestial bodies. While stars are beautiful collections of matter, they actually have a life cycle. All stars begin as a stellar nebula and transform into different phases over time, depending on their location and composition. Stars will often collap...

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Creating a Community of NASA STEM Educators – A Community of Practice for Educator Professional Development

“ How might educators sustain and extend their NASA EPDC professional development experience?”  This is a question that Deepika Sangam, Goddard EPDC specialist, has begun to explore through the use of the Professional Learning Educator Assessment Survey (PLEAS – 2).  Although this work is in the initial stages, preliminary findings suggest that one possibili...

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The groundbreaking OSIRIS-REx mission

Many objects and bodies travel through our solar system. Planets, comets, the Kuiper Belt—our solar system is full of bodies for study. However, of these bodies, scientists on the OSIRIS-REx mission are particularly interested in asteroids. These floating mounds of rock and minerals have the potential to impact deep space exploration for decades to come. ...

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