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Hello Educators,
Tune in next week for NOVA's repeat broadcast of "Wright Brothers'
Flying Machine." This compelling biography tells the story of
Orville and Wilbur Wright -- two brothers who invented the first
powered airplane to achieve sustained, controlled flight -- and
shows authentic replicas of their historic plane in flight.
(Subjects covered: physics, flight, social studies, U.S. history,
world history, technology/engineering)
Broadcast: May 2, 2006
(Check your local listings as broadcast dates and times may vary.
This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

     The Unlikely Inventors
     Learn why the Wright brothers took on the challenge of flight,
     how they tackled the control system problem, what they did to
     design and test their aircraft, and more in this interview with
     Wright biographer and aeronautics historian Tom Crouch.
     (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     The First Reporter
     Read some of the first accurate reports about the Wright's
     earliest powered flights as recorded by A. I. Root in his journal
     Gleanings in Bee Culture in 1904 and 1905. (Grades 9-12)

     Pilot the 1903 Flyer
     In this clickable illustration of the first airplane, learn
     about all the parts that comprised the Wright Flyer and
     manipulate the airplane's controls to see how the Wright
     brothers piloted their aircraft. (Flash plug-in required;
     non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Wing Designs and Getting Airborne
     Discover what enables wings to pull an aircraft aloft and
     experiment with various wing designs. (Flash plug-in required;
     non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Building Wright Replicas
     In this photo gallery, see snapshots of a decade's worth of work
     by a team of aviation enthusiasts who crafted working replicas
     of 11 of the Wrights' original aircraft and two of their
     engines. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.)
     (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

NOVA News Minute: Wright Brothers' Flying Machine --
     Wright Plane Recreated
     (Running time: 1 minute 17 seconds)
     Aviation enthusiasts painstakingly build a replica of the Wright
     1911 Model B, then learn a few painful lessons themselves on
     their first flight. Transcript included. (QuickTime or RealVideo
     plug-in required.)

     NOVA News Minute: Wright Brothers' Flying Machine --
     New Wright Plane
     (Running time: 1 minute 28 seconds)
     Modern flight enthusiasts attempt to recreate a century-old
     design and find renewed respect for the Wright brothers.
     Transcript included. (QuickTime or RealVideo plug-in required.)

     Teacher's Guide
     In this classroom activity, students test the effects of wing
     warping by manipulating the leading and trailing edges on the
     wings of a paper airplane. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Program Transcript
     The site includes a complete narration for this program.


Space Weather News for April 27, 2006

CRACKLING SUNSPOT: Big sunspot 875 is crackling with solar flares. Earlier today it unleashed an M8-flare, almost an X-class event. The sun's rotation is turning the spot toward Earth, raising the possibility of Earth-directed eruptions in the days ahead.

COMET NEWS: Dying comet 73P/Schwassmann Wachmann 3 is falling apart with a vengeance. Even the fragments are fragmenting. Today's edition of shows a spectacular photo of "Fragment G" disintegrating into 15 or more pieces. Several of the comet's fragments are visible through backyard telescopes, so amateur astronomers can monitor events themselves.

SOLAR FLARE ALERTS: Ham radio operators and solar photographers, would you like to know when X-flares are happening? Instant solar flare alerts from SpaceWeather PHONE
allow you to catch solar eruptions in the act.


Into the 21st Century!
A NASA-designed project, 21st Century Explorer,
is now available on NASA's Educational Products page. The cornerstone of 21st Century
Explorer is a series of newsbreaks and educational materials
featuring student actors. These videos address space-related
questions and offer engaging responses. NASA KSNN? Newsbreaks and
Noticiencias NASA? materials are available online for classroom
teachers, informal educators and community members. Students and
educators in grades three through five will find a wide selection of
hands-on projects, stories and videos presented in both Spanish and

NASA Science News for April 28, 2006
The Sky is Falling
Every day the Moon is hit by a surprising number of meteoroids. NASA researchers are studying old Apollo data to find out if these projectiles pose a threat to future explorers.

Join NASA and AOL's Kids Online (KOL?) for a Space Day Webcast Event on May 4, 2006.

If you don't have your Space Day plans already, you're in luck.
NASA, AOL, and the Space Day organization are working together to
give your students a front-row seat for a great Space Day event.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center will be hosting a Space Day event
featuring insights from astronauts and other spaceflight experts.
Radio KOL's DJ, Rick Adams, will emcee the hour-long webcast.
Approximately 2,000 students have been invited to attend the event
in person and will be able to ask questions of the speakers.

Space Day participation isn't limited just to people ON the planet.
Plans are for the Expedition 13 crew on the International Space
Station to talk with students through a video downlink.

Are You Ready for Space Day? Feature

NASA Edspace Homepage

KOL Space Day

KOL Expeditions Teacher Resources

Space Day Homepage

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