Exploring Water Traces On Mars
By now, there is no doubt that liquid water flows on Mars. On September 28, 2015, NASA released evidence confirming that water flows on Mars, today. Following the discovery of dark streaks on the walls of Garni crater on Mars, its mission identified they were formed by, most likely, salty water. These streaks seemed to appear during warm seasons, when temperatures w...Read More
Measuring Professional Development by Student Work
This semester I was fortunate enough to work with a local school, the San Fernando Institute of Applied Media (SFIAM). The teaching staff reached out to the EPDC team with a vision of a project beyond 'one-off' professional development. Research has shown that effective PD for teachers needs to be both hands-on and recurring. However, the Center for Public Ed...Read More
A Look Back At Cassini’s Missions: Saturn and Its Moons
It's been a long trip and now, Cassini's final countdown has begun. Cassini-Huygens was launched back on October 15, 1992. It's equipped with two main parts, the Cassini - which is the Saturn orbiter, and Huygens the lander for the moon Titan. The names are in honor of two astronomers, Giovanni Cassini and Christiaan Huygens, who made various discoveries about S...Read More
NASA Citizen Science for the Summer
As the school year winds down and students look forward to a little time off, I often get parents and teachers asking me what there is to keep young minds actively thinking like scientists. While there is a plethora of academic, science-themed camps available, they mean a bit of schedule juggling and, usually, a bit of budget juggling. There is another option for pe...Read More
Just how frequently do meteors hit Earth?
How often is Earth hit by meteors from space? For technicality's sake, a meteor is just a piece of an asteroid or comet that has entered Earth's atmosphere. Before arriving at the atmosphere, these pieces are called meteoroids. Thousands of small rock fragments enter the atmosphere every year, and most of the debris is burned up on its decent to Earth, leaving a ...Read More
The World of NASA’s Internships and Interns
As a federal agency, NASA prides itself on providing internship opportunities that are unique, innovative, and full of excitement. We are always in search of discovery and exploration of the next big technology break through. NASA houses several programs designed to secure the next generation of explorers: whether on the Journey to Mars, the Asteroid Redirect Mi...Read More
Microgravity University for Educators (MgUE) at NASA Johnson Space Center Kicks Off with Grand Success!
MgUE kicked off the first week of the Institute on April 2, 2017 at NASA JSC and six teams of teachers from schools in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Illinois, Iowa, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California were in attendance to test student-designed devices to simulate satellite insertion into planetary orbits. The experiences included transdisc...Read More
Discovering Exoplanets: Is there Anybody Out There?
Is there anybody out there? - a question humans have been asking since the beginning of our existence. It would most likely be the greatest discovery of human-kind if/when we discover the definitive answer to that question. NASA has been a leader in exploring that question and searching for the answer. On February 22, 2017, NASA announced the discovery of the mos...Read More
How do you predict where lightning will strike?
Since late 2016, NASA has been able to do it through a new addition to their NOAA GOES-16 satellite – a lightning tracker that can give insights to weather forecasters and emergency response teams before the storms hit. The tool itself is called the Geostationary Lightning Mapper, or GLM for short. Positioned along the equator as it observes Earth from the orbi...Read More
Exploration Then and Now: Student Lesson
Survival! What would it take to survive on the Moon? As shown in the video below, NASA astronauts are dependent on their available resources, as well as their ability to survive and adapt to new environments. NASA’s BEST –Living on the Moon In 1610, the Jamestown settlers who traveled to the United States, were also dependent upon their ability to survive...Read More