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Planetary Science

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    NASA Education Program Site - A comprehensive collection of educational activities and programs available to teachers and students offered through NASA.

    Office of Space Science Forum - This site is one of four NASA Office of Space Science Education/Public Outreach Forums. These pages are a public resource for finding all the current information from NASA about our solar system, i.e., the other planets, comets, asteroids, and moons.

    NASA Space Science Education Resource Directory - This directory is a convenient way to find NASA space science products for use in classrooms, science museums, planetariums, and other settings.

    New Millennium Program Educational and Public Outreach - The New Millennium Program and its Missions focus on such issues as supporting and augmenting good models of existing science education programs rather than creating entirely new ones; identifying specifics ways to integrate program and mission content into existing educational delivery systems; and inspiring underrepresented minorities to get involved and stay involved in science.

    Telescopes in Education (TIE) - The TIE program brings the opportunity to use a remotely controlled telescope and charge-coupled device (CCD) camera in a real-time, hands-on, interactive environment to students around the world. TIE enables students to increase their knowledge of astronomy, astrophysics, and mathematics; improve their computer literacy; and strengthen their critical thinking skills.

    Planetary Science

    Earth Earth
    • AIRS Educational Outreach Program - It is only relatively recently, perhaps in the last 20 years, that clouds have been recognized as important components of Earth's weather and climate system. Before that time, they were often thought of as pretty ornaments that were passive indicators of short-term weather conditions. Now we know that clouds are active elements that play a crucial role in determining conditions on our planet.

    • Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PODAAC) - PODAAC at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory archives and distributes data relevant to the physical state of the oceans. The PODAAC is part of EOSDIS, the information system for NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) project.

    • Sea Winds Education and Outreach - By tracking the wind speed and direction over the world's oceans, scatterometry helps weather forecasters, storm detectors, ship routers, oil producers, and food producers. The Scatterometer Program Office is committed to meeting the increasing requests for educational resources about NASA's Space and Earth Science activities. Several new products being developed for the release in late 1998 include updated multidisciplinary curricula on Global Climate in conjunction with "behind-the-scenes" news and stories from the SeaWinds projects.

    • Seeing Earth in a New Way - NASA has developed an exciting interactive education program for use in the classroom. The SIR-C Education (SIR-CED) Program's primary component, is a CD-ROM entitled Seeing the Earth in a NEW Way: The SIR-C Missions of Endeavour. It is an excellent discovery tool, and shows how looking at Earth in different wavelengths, revels entirely new aspects of our home planet. The CD includes images, videos, lesson plans, and classroom presentation materials. SIR-CED also includes slide sets, videos, posters, and teacher workshops.

    • Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) - SRTM was launched February 11, 2000 aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on an eleven day mission to map Earth in three dimensions. Two radar antennae separated by a 60 meter (200 foot) mast used the technique of radar interferometry to acquire data to produce the most detailed, near global map ever. The SRTM's Public Outreach and education page has imaging radar and map information for teachers, and some interesting activities for students.

    • The Space InfraRed Telescope Facility (SIRTF) Education and Outreach - Teacher resources and classroom activities on the topic of infrared light.

    • TOPEX/Poseidon Educational Outreach - From the folks who brought you space images of El Niño here is information on oceans, climate, and satellite altimetry resources for kids teachers, and the general public.
    Mars Mars
    • Mars Exploration Program - The Mars Exploration Education Program seeks to educate teachers and students with diverse backgrounds, in a gender sensitive manner, over a wide geographic area of the United States in grades Kindergarten through 12. The secondary focus of the effort is to reach and educate the public at large.

    • Mars activities - includes curriculum and lesson plans.
    Jupiter Jupiter
    • Galileo K-12 Educator's Resources - The materials gathered in these pages are aimed at K-12 teachers and students for NASA's mission to study Jupiter and its moons.
    saturn Saturn
    • Cassini Teacher Guide - Teacher guide that includes lesson plans and resources for this exciting mission to Saturn.

    • Saturn activities - intended for integration into a unit focusing on Saturn.
    The Outer Planets
    • Outer Planets/Solar Probe Educational Outreach - Pluto Express can truly involve and inspire our young people and serve as a model for overcoming the most difficult obstacles and achieving success as a nation and individuals. Experience with educational public outreach activities indicate that interest in exploring Pluto, in a sense our "gateway to the stars," is high. The excitement of the technical challenges as well as the uniqueness of the endeavor provide fertile ground to engage students, teachers, and public as active participants during all phases of the mission including development, cruise, encounter, and data analysis.

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