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NASA Space Science Training "It's a New Moon"
NASA is offering ACA camp professionals an opportunity to participate in a FREE NASA Space Science Training called "It's a New Moon" in conjunction with the LADEE Mission Launch (conditions permitting) on September 5-6, 2013* located near NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops, VA.
Apply by Friday, August 2, 2013 at www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/lib_trainings/ladee2013/registration/index.cfm. (Write "ACA-NASA Alliance" as the answer to the question "How did you hear about this training?")
It’s A New Moon! Science Training (Sept 5-6, 2013)
During the experience you will:
- Join educators from the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Explore program team for hands-on activities and ideas for presenting space science programs to young audiences and families.
- Meet NASA scientists and engineers involved in lunar exploration and the latest mission to our Moon.
- Learn about LADEE’s mission to orbit the Moon and study its (very thin and dusty) atmosphere — helping researchers to understand the thin atmospheres found on Mercury, some asteroids, and other moons and provide insights into how Earth’s own atmosphere works.
- Learn about lunar science, missions, and future exploration.
- Undertake hands-on science activities designed for engaging children ages 8 to 13.
- Receive activity guides, and programming resources (posters, book lists, suggested web sites, etc.).
- Collaborate with public library staff, camp professionals, and other informal educators from all over the U.S. and become part of the growing Explore community.
- A limited number of $1,200 stipends are available (sent out after completion of the workshop).
- Get a VIP tour of Wallops Flight Facility (attendance not required, but recommended).
- Experience the launch of the newest mission to our Moon: LADEE! (attendance not required, but recommended). Read more about LADEE below.
Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) Mission Launch* (Sept 6, 2013)
New discoveries have revealed that the Moon is a far more dynamic place than we had previously thought! The next NASA mission to the Moon, LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer), will orbit the Moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface, and environmental influences on lunar dust. A thorough understanding of these influences will help researchers understand how future exploration may shape the lunar environment and how the environment may affect future travelers to the Moon.
*Weather/Conditions Permitting. Launch is scheduled to take place on September 6, 2013 at 11:27 p.m. ET as of
7/16/13. Launch date is subject to change.