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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...
07/31/2012
The Space Foundation, Charles County (Md.) Public Schools (CCPS) and CCPS Superintendent James R. Richmond hosted an Educational Exchange Luncheon today at North Point High School in Charles County with the goal of inspiring the middle and high school girls attending to pursue careers in STEM fields - science, technology, engineering and mathematics.The featured luncheon speaker was Space...
07/16/2012
This week, the Space Foundation will conclude the Colorado Springs portion of its summer Space Across the Curriculum teacher professional development courses with the final course - Astronomy Principles for the Classroom: Kinesthetic Astronomy, held at the Space Foundation Discovery Institute, 105 Coleridge Ave. The course provides educators with ideas for exciting new ways to bring the universe...
07/11/2012
A new Space Foundation Space Across the Curriculum teacher professional development course started this week at the Space Foundation Discovery Institute in Colorado Springs, Colo.Lunar/Mars Exploration and Base Construction explores the requirements for establishing and maintaining a human presence on the Moon or Mars. Topics include discussion of growing food on Mars and creating oxygen....

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