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Spaceward Bound: Mojave 2011
Planetary Analog Science in California’s Mojave Desert

NEW: Read a wonderful reflection by Stephanie Kyriazis, Education Specialist, Death Valley National Park, "Spaceward Bound at Ubehebe Crater"

landscape photo of Mojave desert

Mojave 2011-1: March 20 - 25, 2011

  • San Francisco State University Pre-Service Teachers
  • California Polytecnic University, Pomona: Pre-Service Teachers
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo:
    Pre-Service Teachers

Mojave 2011-2: April 17 - 22, 2011

  • Nevada In-Service Teachers

Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers, and Undergraduate Science Majors interested in teaching K-12, studied side-by-side with world-renowned planetary scientists who search for life in extreme environments.

Why the Mojave – an inhospitable, parched, sun-drenched, spot in southern California? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers, students and scientists perform scientific fieldwork in planetarygeology, astrobiology, geology, climate change, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation.

Follow the Expeditions (click on appropriate dates above):

  • Read journals and see photos as posted during the expedition
  • Watch vignettes of scientists, teachers and students describing and demonstrating their research in the field
  • See NASA Press Release

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Editor: Linda Conrad
NASA Official: Liza Coe
Last Updated: June 2011