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Space exploration has the greatest impact when its findings can
be shared with the general public, increasing society's appreciation
not only for the practical benefits of space research but also our
unique place in this marvelously vast universe. Because of the need
for this vital communication, space exploration and education have
always been inextricably linked.
Building on that tradition, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe announced
last April that teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan, who once
trained with Christa McAuliffe, will be assigned to a space flight
in 2004. "The time has come for NASA to complete the missionto
send an educator to space to inspire and teach our young people,"
O'Keefe said. (To learn more about Morgan's upcoming flight, read
a NASA press release at http://ecommerce.nsta.org/enewsletter/2002-06/NASA.htm.)
Morgan's flight is intended to be the first in a series of missions
for a new category of space explorerthe Educator Mission Specialist,
who will be responsible for bringing an educator's perspective to
space flights. NASA could begin active recruitment of teachers for
such missions as early as this year. (For more information on what
NASA will be looking for in candidates, read a story by NSTA Reports!
As significant as these upcoming flights will be, they comprise
just one part of the broader effort to inspire the next generation
of space explorers. Equally important is the work that Earth-bound
science teachers do in classrooms across the world. In light of
this responsibility, this issue of Science Class has been designed
to help you instill in your students a sense of excitement and wonder
about the universefrom galaxies billions of light years away
to our solar system to the planet we call home.
Space Exploration in
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.
If you're a fan of space news, two great sites to bookmark are:
1) SPACE.com (http://space.com),
an online space news service; and 2) NASA Spacelink (http://spacelink.nasa.gov),
a NASA-sponsored website for educators that provides space-related
resources and news (for the latest news briefs, make sure to click
on "Hot Topics").
For this issue of Science Class, we've highlighted three recent
news articles that examine the ongoing search for extraterrestrial
lifeboth here in our solar system and throughout the universe.
Read the latest
Space Exploration on
SciLinks is an interactive, Web-based service from NSTA
that connects your lesson and/or course materials (books and journal
articles) with online content chosen just for your selected topics.
Members can search by keyword or phrase and receive a list of teacher-approved
Elementary: What Causes Earth's Seasons? http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=3374191055
Intermediate: How Have People Explored Space? http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=5574191133
High School: Hubble Space Telescope http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=67476335111088
Exploration-Related NSTA Journal Articles
The following journal articles are sorted by grade level to provide
you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related to space
High School: http://ecommerce.nsta.org/enewsletter/2002-06/high_school.htm
on Space Exploration
Check out these titles from NSTA Press: http://ecommerce.nsta.org/enewsletter/2002-06/books.htm
"Being able to hold high expectations for students is a function
of one's belief system. It's easy to say you hold high expectations
for students; it's not easy to act as if you do. Facing one's own
belief system and reshaping it is not an easy task nor can it be
done in a risk-bound environment." Eisenhower National
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