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"Landing to Launch"


This series will follow the processing of the Shuttle from landing to launch, introducing you to the people and the facilities involved.

Houston we have a solution

"Houston, We have a Solution!"tm


Houston, We Have a Solution!tm introduces students to real-life problem solvers whose solutions give insight on how to plunge into some of the challenges of living and working in space.

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Shuttle Radar Topography Mission


(SRTM) uses radar instruments to collect data for the most detailed, near global topographic map of the Earth ever made.

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1999-2000 Solar Series


Solar Scientists from Stanford work with classrooms to discover the mysteries and physics of the Solar System and our Sun.

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January 2000

Date Event Grade
Level
Length Description
Jan 12 KSC Shuttle Countdown: Landing to Launch all 1.5 hrs Inside the Launch Control Center
Jan 18
Stanford SOLAR Series all 1 hr. Preview - TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE ON JAN 20, 2000!
Jan 18
US Dept. of ED Satellite Town Meeting all 1 hr. Smart from the Start: Strengthening Early Learning, From Infants to Pre-Schoolers
Jan 20
Geometry Of Exploration: Eyes over Mars 4-8 30 min In the Geometry of Exploration: Eyes Over Mars, students will examine how the principles of geometry and linear and angular measurements are used to survey and map the Earth and planets such as Mars. Students will meet a surveyor who will explain how he surveys locations like football or soccer fields, will describe the tools and techniques he uses, and will show students how math and geometry are used in surveying. Students will also see how NASA researchers use geometric shapes to navigate spacecraft to Mars and how satellites, like the Mars Global Surveyor, and the principles of geometry are used to determine the elevation of land formations on Mars.
Jan 21
SRTM Mission Overview
*Part One
all 1 hr The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) uses radar instruments to collect data for the most detailed, near global topographic map of the Earth ever made. SRTM will collect data over 80% of the earth's land mass, home to nearly 95% of the world's human population.
Jan 25 Sustainable Seas Expeditions - Hawaiian Style
all 1 hr KidScience joins National Geographic and NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary on a special underwater exploration. Students from all over the State will be participating in data collection activities similar to that of the "Deep Worker". One question all will be trying to answer is, "Why do the whales come to these particular waters each year?"
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February

Date Event Grade
Level
Length Description
Feb 8 Stanford SOLAR Series 2-4 20 min Effects of Our Sun on Planet Earth
Feb 8 Stanford SOLAR Series 5-8 45 min Effects of Our Sun on Planet Earth
Feb 8 Stanford SOLAR Series 9-12 45 min Effects of Our Sun on Planet Earth
Feb 11 "Volcanoes in the Solar System" All 6 hrs A SYMPOSIUM FOR EDUCATORS
Feb 15 US Dept. of ED Satellite Town Meeting all 1 hr Powerful Middle Schools: Influencing Teaching and Learning for Young Adolescents
Feb 15 SRTM Launch and Deployment Analysis
*Part Two
all 1 hr SRTM will use single-pass interferometry, which means that the two images will be acquired at the same time -- one from the radar antennas in the shuttle's payload bay, the other from the radar antennas at the end of a 60-meter (200-foot) mast extending from the shuttle. Combining the two images produces a single 3-D image.
Feb. 16 KSC Shuttle Countdown: Landing to Launch all 1.5 hrs The long trip to the Launching Pad

Feb 16
Lone Star Dinasaurs K-12 3 hrs Lone Star Dinosaurs Walk in the tracks of Texas Dinosaurs with our trip to Dinosaur Valley State Park. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will provide an unparalleled educational experience into the life and history of dinosaurs in Texas.
Feb 17 Proportionality: The X-Plane Generation 4-8 30 min Story line: Students will learn why scaling and proportion are important factors in aircraft design.
Feb 17 7th Annual ISS Teleconference: Expedition 2000
6-12 1.5 hrs Students will learn about teamwork and diversity by viewing scientists, engineers and astronauts who are making the International Space Station a reality.

Feb 24
7th Annual ISS Teleconference: Ventures in Space
professionals 1.5 hrs The program provides a forum for interaction between professionals who plan to participate in business opportunities in space, including utilization, operation, and the development of new capabilities for the ISS.
Feb
Houston, We have a Solution!tm
educators various Houston, We Have a Solution!tm introduces students to real-life problem solvers whose solutions give insight on how to plunge into some of the challenges of living and working in space.
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March

Date Event Grade
Level
Length Description
March 13 HUD/NASA partner to help "Close the Digital Divide" k-12 1 hr Astronaut Michael P. Anderson "visits" with youth in HUD supported computer labs across the country.
Mar 14 Stanford SOLAR Series 9-12 45 min Inside the Sun
Mar 15 KSC Shuttle Countdown: Landing to Launch all 1.5 hrs The launch pad
Mar 16
Proportionality: Modeling the Future 4-8 30 min Students will continue to learn why scaling and proportion are important in the design of small, affordable transportation systems.
Mar 21
US Dept. of ED Satellite Town Meeting all 1 hr Nurturing Readers: Building and Sustaining Community Reading Programs

Mar 25
Imaging the Earth's Inner Magnetosphere all 1 hr the IMAGE spacecraft, a half-ton Earth-orbiting satellite carrying some of the most sophisticated imaging instruments ever to be flown in the near-Earth space environment.

Mar 28
SRTM - Mission Followup
*Part Three
all 1 hr Although the 11 day mission will collect the bulk of the images the actual data will take a year to evaluate. Data sufficient to produce a rectified, terrain-corrected, C-band (5.6 centimeters wavelength) radar image mosaic of 80 percent of Earth's land surface at 30-meter resolution.
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April

Date Event Grade
Level
Length Description

Apr 4
Introduction to Crystal Growth 5-12 1 hr The International Space Station will be home to a team of international astronauts conducting many important experiments in the foreseeable future. One of those experiments involves the science of Macromolecular Crystallography. Learn about how crystals are grown and participate in a great science lecture with Drs. Long and Moore from the University of Alabama.

Apr 5
An Urban Wildlife Safari K-12 3 hrs An Urban Wildlife Safari Wild Kingdom, watch out! Kratt's Creatures, step aside! Wait till you see what's living in the cities of Texas! Join our biologists in the urban centers of Texas as we discover the critters in and around our neighborhoods. Features will include schoolyard habitats, bat bridges, pond life, the Cockrell Butterfly Center, and a segment in Spanish (tell your bilingual students and Spanish classes!) Partners will include Bat Conservation International and The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Apr 6
Stanford SOLAR Series 5-8 45 min The Sun is a Star; Solar Spectrometry
Fri
Apr 7
Stanford SOLAR Series 2-4 20 min Our Sun is a Star

Apr 7
Stanford SOLAR Series 9-12 45 min The Sun is a Star; Solar Spectrometry

Apr 18
US Dept. of ED Satellite Town Meeting all 1 hr Multiplying Excellence: Ensuring Quality Mathematics and Science Teaching

Apr 19
ISS/JSC Tour All 1 hr Tour Johnson Space Center, the center for manned spaceflight and headquarters for the International Space Station Program.

Apr 20
NASA CONNECT: Algebra: Mirror, Mirror on the Universe 4-8 30 min Students will learn how algebra is used to explore the universe.

Apr 25
Stanford SOLAR Series all 45 min ELECTRONIC FIELD TRIP -Wilcox Solar Observatory

Apr 27
Shuttle Countdown: Landing to Launch
Astronaut Preparation
all 1.5 hrs A bit of a departure from the Shuttle coverage, this month Astronaut Sam Durrance will show us around the crew quarters describing those last hours before launch (something he has been through twice!)
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May

Date Event Grade
Level
Length Description

May 3
"Cyberways and Waterways" K-12 3 hrs "Cyberways and Waterways" Travel down two major Texas rivers, the Colorado and the Rio Grande, as we visit representatives of the over 14,000 students who are learning about their watersheds and taking water samples along these routes. Then join us on a dive to the Flower Gardens, a unique coral reef miles off the Texas coast! Learn how upriver communities affect this fragile ecosystem.

May 4
Spaceday 2000 students and educators various Developed by Challenger Center for Space Science Education in conjunction with NASA Johnson Space Center Distance Learning and Education Project as part of Space Day 2000's national cooperative learning event being hosted by Challenger Center.
May 9 Standford Solar Series      

May 16
US Dept. of ED Satellite Town Meeting all 1 hr Connecting with Youth: High Standards and Safe Schools

May 16
ISS/JSC Tour All 1 hr Tour Johnson Space Center, the center for manned spaceflight and headquarters for the International Space Station Program.
 
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