News Briefs

09/28/2012
This week, more students participated in sessions at the Space Foundation's Northrop Grumman Science Center, featuring Science On a Sphere®, testing our new Wonders of the Universe courses for PreK-12th grade students. In all, approximately 350 students from 11 Colorado schools are participating in "soft opening" sessions of the standards-based courses that use our...
09/19/2012
Today, the new Space Foundation Northrop Grumman Science Center welcomed its first students. Approximately 50 fourth graders from Talbott Elementary School in Widefield District 3, Colo., and 50 fifth graders from Discovery Canyon Campus Academy in Colorado Springs District 20 stepped through the doors of the new facility, which features Science On a Sphere® (SOS), to participate in a "soft...
09/14/2012
Come see the Space Foundation at the What If... Festival of Innovation & Imagination, to be held Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the Plaza of the Rockies, in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo.What If... will fill more than six square blocks of downtown Colorado Springs with activities demonstrating and encouraging innovation, imagination and creativity for all ages.The Space...
09/07/2012
The Space Foundation is participating in several special events open to the community in Alamosa, Colo., on Sept. 6-7 in conjunction with Adams State University (ASU)'s Zacheis Planetarium Grand Re-Opening Celebration.The activities, supported by a $3.6 million grant to ASU from the U.S. Department of Education's Hispanic Serving Institutions STEM (science, technology, engineering and...
09/06/2012
Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham will help celebrate the opening of the Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (cSETR) and the NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Education Laboratory at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) on Sept. 6. Also attending the opening will be NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck, along with officials from UTEP and state and local leaders...
08/31/2012
A diverse background in materials science engineering, professional football and as an astronaut led Leland Melvin to his current position as NASA Associate Administrator for Education. On Friday, he visited Space Foundation headquarters and toured the soon-to-open Visitors Center. Melvin also toured the Space Foundation Discovery Institute in Colorado Springs and spoke...
08/20/2012
Children at the STEM Rocks! event at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs on Aug. 18 learned first hand - literally - from the Space Foundation how astronauts train to improve dexterity for conducting experiments and repairs in space.The Space Foundation demonstrated "glove boxes" that allowed children to try three different activities - using a robot to collect a rock specimen, drawing a...
08/06/2012
The Space Foundation congratulates NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on the successful landing of the Curiosity Mars rover on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step...
08/03/2012
The entire planet will be watching as NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft places the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars at approximately 11:31 p.m. MDT Sunday night, Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT, Monday morning. Aug. 6).The landing beside a mountain inside a crater will use a new "sky crane" maneuver that lowers the 1-ton rover by nylon cords from a rocket backpack to the Martian surface....
08/03/2012
Two Space Foundation projects, created in conjunction with Colorado Springs-based Crystal Peak Design, have been honored with 2012 Silver Summit Creative Awards. The winning designs are Introduction to Space Activities, a print and online brochure used to educate policymakers about the fundamentals of space and space policy, and a series of original designs commemorating each of the six Space...

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