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Super Science Extravaganza

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Super Science Extravaganza!!

Thursday, May 5, from 6-8 p.m. at Flagstaff Middle School

The NAU/NASA Technology Enhanced Learning Center program at Flagstaff Middle School is sponsoring a community outreach activity. All age groups are encouraged to attend and participate in the Super Science Extravaganza! This wonderful even will take place on Thursday, May 5 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Flagstaff Middle School. They will demonstrate the wonder and excitement of science, mathematics, and technology with a connection to Flagstaff and the surrounding communities. The evening with begin with a special guest for NASA Dryden Research Center, followed by opportunities to browse different exhibits and visit with a variety of professionals.

The Flagstaff Field Center will be represented by Sue Beard, Trent Hare, and Deborah Soltesz. Sue and Deborah will host a booth that will highlight the wonders of science on the Earth and in space. Trent will demonstrate the wonders of Mars with a hands-on demo. He will also let us know what the mars rovers, Spirt and Opportunity, are up to.

METEORS: Fire in the Sky

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The History Channel will air "METEORS: Fire in the Sky" on Sunday, April 24th at 8:00pm Eastern/Pacific, 7:00pm Central time.

This program will delve into what meteors are, how they have shaped the past, and what may happen in the feature. The program includes discussions with Carolyn Shoemaker, David Levy, and other NASA scientists.

More Information: The History Channel

Durable Mars Rovers Sent Into Third Overtime Period

Friday, April 15, 2005

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Opportunity navigation camera mosaic from sol 399 Beside 'Vostok Crater' 3/15/05 NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its navigation camera to take the images combined into this 360-degree view of the rover's surroundings on the 399th martian day, or sol, of its surface mission (March 8, 2005). Opportunity drove 35 meters (115 feet) that sol and reached the edge of "Vostok Crater" before taking the images. Sand has buried much of the crater. This location is catalogued as Opportunity's site 50. The view is presented in a cylindrical projection with geometric seam correction. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

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NASA has approved up to 18 more months of operations for Spirit and Opportunity, the twin Mars rovers that have already surprised engineers and scientists by continuing active exploration for more than 14 months.

"The rovers have proven their value with major discoveries about ancient watery environments on Mars that might have harbored life," said Dr. Ghassem Asrar, deputy associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. "We are extending their mission through September 2006 to take advantage of having such capable resources still healthy and in an excellent position to continue their adventures."

More: JPL - Durable Mars Rover Sent Into Third Overtime Period

Link: USGS Astro - Mars Exploration Rover Project

Spotlight on the stars

Friday, April 8, 2005

Its Astronomy Get Excited!

To celebrate International astronomy week, the Prescott Public Library is presenting "Spotlight on the Stars." Beginning Sunday April 17 and continuing through Saturday April 23, there will be presentations and activites centered around astronomy and the planetary community. Activities during the week will include workshops, lectures, exhibits, and a gathering of researchers from across Arizona.

For more information:

Call the Prescott Library at (928) 777-1500 of go to

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What will happen each day?

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U.S. Geological Survey Involvment:


Thursday April 21, 3:30 - 5:00 PM

After school program at the libary:

USGS Mars Rover Workshop

Web guru Deborah Soltesz sets up a really fun, interactive Mars rover game. All school children welcome - sign up early with youth librarian.

Location: Library third floor meeting room.

saturn Thursday April 21, 6:30 -8:30 PM:

Third Thursday Series with Prescott Public Library:

1. "Exploring a New World: Huygens at Titan"

The Huygens probe successfully accomplished the first descent and landing on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005. Cassini Huygens mission scientist Brent Archinal will present an overview and some of the initial results from that mission, including particularly a summary of the imaging results.

2. "Mars Exploration Rover Mission Status"

The two Mars Exploration rovers have exceeded expectations, and have been exploring the surface of Mars for over 400 days. Mars Exploration Rover mission scientist Jeff Johnson will present the latest updates from the Martian surface.

Link: USGS Astro - Mars Exploration Rover Project

Link: USGS - Cassini Mission