YouTube Space Lab is a worldwide educational initiative that challenges 14-18 year-old students to design a science experiment that can be performed in space. The two winning experiments will be conducted aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and live streamed on YouTube. A prestigious panel of scientists, astronauts, and educators, including renowned professor Stephen Hawking, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s Associate Administrator of Education and fo rmer Astronaut Leland Melvin, ESA Astronaut Frank De Winne, JAXA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and Cirque du Soleil’s founder Guy Laliberté, will judge the entries with input from the YouTube community. Students in two age categories, 14-16 years old and 17-18 years old, either alone or in groups of up to three, may submit a YouTube video describing their experiment to YouTube.com/SpaceLab. Submissions close on December 7.
In Memory of William Hiscock, the former director of the Montana Space Grant, the National Space Grant Foundation has established the William A Hiscock Space Grant Scholarship Fund.
Bill was known for his animated lectures on cosmology, including his own special course for entering freshman Physics majors, "From Quarks to the Cosmos". Bill also led a very active research group investigating topics in the quantum theory of gravity, space-based gravitational wave detection, relativistic fluid dynamics, and the application of elementary particle physics to relativistic astrophysics and cosmology.
Bill continued to be active as the MSGC Director during the past year of his life, working from home, submitting proposals, and providing advice for the new Head of the Department. Bill was instrumental in the National Space Grant Student Satellite Program. He, along with others in the Space Grant family, led hands-on workshops to teach and train other faculty and students around the country. Through these efforts over 100 new student ballooning programs have been created, engaging thousands of students.
The National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize individuals whose life and career have had a long lasting impact in a science, engineering or education field that is related to aeronautic, aviation, or space endeavors. The inaugural award was presented in 2003 to former Senator and Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd M. Bentsen for his visionary work in creating the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Act.
The 2012 National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award was presented at a reception and banquet March 2012 in Washington, DC to Sally Ride.
To submit a nomination for future awards please complete the National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form.
NASA's Balloon Program Office and the Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE) have created a balloon platform capable of reaching altitudes as high as 36 kilometers above the Earth's surface. Since 2006 NASA and LaSPACE have chosen student science projects to integrate into the balloon's High Altitude Student Platform (HASP).
Montana now has its first satellite. Explorer 1 [Prime] launched successfully at 5:48 EST along with NASA and NOAA's NPP mission and 4 other Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) cubesats. Launch was perfect; ejection from the P-POD (Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployer) was perfect; and best of all, we have just heard that several HAM radio operators in the UK, France, and the Netherlands have heard E1P's beacon loud and clear. The first opportunity for students from Bozeman to make contact is about 10:30 MST.
The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars project is an interactive, online learning experience. It is highlighted by a six-day internship where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics, science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars project is open to high school juniors throughout Texas. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have access to the Internet. The application deadline is Dec. 9, 2011. For additional information on the project and to apply online, visit http://has.aerospacescholars.org/.
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