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Podcast Competition: NASA's 21st Century Explorer
How will space exploration benefit your life in the future? That's the
question NASA's 21st Century Explorer competition asks of students
ages 11-18. The first NASA 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition
challenges students to create unique audio and video podcasts. Running
from Sept. 1 through Oct. 10, 2006, the competition is open to U. S.
citizens, ages 11-18. Students are grouped into two age divisions:
11-14 and 15-18. Each division will have two separate categories:
audio podcast and video podcast. First, second and third place prizes
will be awarded in each category and age group. An additional
"People's Choice Award" will honor one podcast for each age division.
The 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition is an education and
public outreach project designed to inspire and motivate the next
generation of explorers and to compete effectively for the minds,
imaginations and career ambitions of America's young people.

NASA Science News for September 28, 2006 When the Harvest Moon rises on Oct. 6th, go outside. You may notice a few puzzling things.

NASA Explorer Schools Brochure Access the "NASA Explorer Schools" brochure in the education section of NASA_Explorer_Schools_Brochure.html The Educational Materials section of NASA's Web site lists classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject. A new item is now available in the Brochures section of the Educational Materials area on The "NASA Explorer Schools" brochure has information about the application process and benefits of becoming a NASA Explorer School. The NES project focuses on NASA content at grades 4­9. NES teams, working with NASA personnel and other partners, develop action plans that address local needs in mathematics, science, and technology, and that incorporate NASA data and materials into school curriculum. Throughout a three-year commitment, educator teams implement their action plans, participate in professional development, and involve students and families in NES activities.

NASA Kids' Club flier:

NASA Kids' Club Brochure
Information about the NASA Kids' Club is available in brochure and
flier format on  The NASA Kids' Club is a games-based Web
site that stimulates children's interest in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics by incorporating five skill levels,
national education standards and NASA content. The information on both
documents describes educational value, samples of the games and how to
access the NASA Kids' Club. The brochure is a colorful, tri-fold
document. The one-page flier is created in a fact sheet format. Both
documents are appropriate for distribution.


Next on NOVA: NOVA scienceNOW

Tuesday, October 3 at 8PM ET/PT on PBS
Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.

NOVA scienceNOW kicks off its second season with an engaging new
host, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. A respected scientist and
author, Tyson is also director of the Hayden Planetarium in the Rose
Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural
History. The fall series opener offers an array of intriguing
reports from the frontlines of scientific research and discovery.
This episode's segments include:

     Will a doomsday rock the size of the Rose Bowl hit Earth in 2036?

     Island of Stability
     Follow the decades-long quest to create the elusive element 114.

     Examine the biology behind the compulsion to eat.

     Profile: Karl Iagnemma
     An innovative MIT roboticist is also an acclaimed fiction writer.

The journey continues on the NOVA scienceNOW Web site.  Watch the
entire hour-long episode. E-mail scientists from the broadcast with
your questions. Try out some "what-if" scenarios if an asteroid hit
the Earth today, take an "elemental" quiz, learn how the hormone
leptin affects your appetite, listen to Karl Iagnemma talk about his
secret to success, and much more.

Oct. 10  -- The Viking Deception (R)

Oct. 17  -- The Deadliest Plane Crash

Oct. 24  -- Magnetic Storm (R)

For a downloadable PDF of the entire season visit


Space Weather News for Oct. 1, 2006

There's a new comet in the night sky, Comet Swan. It's a trifle too
dim for naked-eye viewing, but it is an easy target for binoculars and
small telescopes.  Observers report a "spectacular" emerald-colored
head and a long sinuous tail.

A solar wind stream hit Earth this weekend. The resulting geomagnetic
storm was not very strong; nevertheless, auroras were photographed as
far south as Wisconsin and Michigan in the United States.  Meanwhile,
another solar wind stream is coming and may spark a similar display on
Oct. 3rd or 4th. S

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