Category Archives: Education

Field trips, events and tours | ASU Tempe School of Earth and Space Exploration

SESE is training the next generation of explorers and citizen scientists. We engage the minds of our students, and by making our research available to all, we also engage the minds of our community. Through a variety of informal science education and public outreach (E/PO) activities, field trips, teacher workshops, and partnerships with local schools, we are increasing the science literacy of our community.

Have a science-related question? Visit our Ask SESE page!

For school groups, we offer a K-12 field trip experience that includes a variety of science-themed activities and a 3-D astronomy show.

Those visitors interested in seeing our various labs and facilities should  schedule a tour as many of our facilities have limits on how many visitors can be accommodated. Our new building ISTB 4 offers several interactive exhibits on the first two floors which are open during normal business hours.

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Eyes on the Solar System 3D

Welcome to Eyes on the Solar System Jump in and start exploring the Solar System on your own.

Explore the planets and their moons and ride onboard the spacecraft, past present and future, that explore our cosmic backyard. Keep checking back for new features, tours and news. Just like the universe, “Eyes on the Solar System” is expanding. Eyes on the Solar System can take you through 100 years of spaceflight history but here are a couple of highlights. Ride Voyager 2 past Saturn or take a Titan flyby with Cassini.

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NOVA | Origins of the Solar System

Combining chemical evidence from meteorites with the latest computer simulations, scientists show how, nearly five billion years ago, a supernova shock wave could have swept through a cloud of dust and gas and caused it to collapse, eventually forming our sun and the planets—if it didn’t blow the baby solar system apart first.

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Control Space and Time With NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System – PCWorld

The latest visualization tool (or toy?) from NASA is a work of art: Called Eyes on the Solar System, this 3D rendering of our cosmic neighborhood lets you explore planets, asteroids, and witness spacecraft encountering comets and moons. Powered by the Unity 3 gaming engine, Eyes provides a stunning view of your favorite celestial bodies from a satellite’s perspective.

Looking for inspiration of where to visit? Check out the Cassini flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan, or any of EPOXI’s encounters with comets (click the “DESTINATION” panel in the lower left). Other panes let you control the date and time, the speed and rate of any encounter with a planet, multimedia (videos and spacecraft images), as well as what objects you’re looking at and how much they’re illuminated (“VISUAL CONTROLS”).

How does Eyes on the Solar System compare to Google Earth or Sky? First off, Eyes runs entirely in your browser (only requiring installation of the Unity plugin), and contains a ton of mission data and information that you won’t get from Google. Eyes incorporates spacecraft pointing and orientation information direct from NASA, so you can see exactly how Cassini flew past Saturn’s moon Encealdus during its 2008 flyby.

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Make: Online » The NASA Make Challenge

The NASA Make Challenge

MAKE Experimental Science Kits For Space

Make Volume 24 Cover Image

MAKE is happy to announce that we’re partnering with Teachers in Space and NASA’s Emerging Commercialization Space Office (ECSO) to organize the first MAKE Challenge. The goal of this challenge is to develop inexpensive science kits that can be built in a classroom and then sent on-board suborbital flights to conduct experiments. The NASA Make Challenge promises to take advantage of DIY innovations to expand the number of experiments that are able to fly and increase our knowledge of space.

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Teachers’ Domain: A Nanotube Space Elevator

In this video adapted from NOVA scienceNOW, explore the potential of carbon nanotubes, whose strength and unique properties make them useful for a variety of applications. See animations of how carbon atoms bond to one another in different ways to make diamond, graphite, buckyballs, and nanotubes, and observe one method that is being researched to form and assemble carbon nanotubes into a long ribbon. Consider how a seemingly impossible application, such as an elevator from the surface of Earth to space, is now theoretically possible given this revolutionary new building material.

A Nanotube Space Elevator

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Live Rover Web Chat for Students – JPL Education – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Live Rover Web Chat for Students

Live Rover Web Chat for Students

Technicians and engineers in clean-room garb monitor the first drive test of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, also known as the Curiosity rover, on July 23, 2010. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Larger image

January 24, 2011

January is a great month to talk to students about rovers and robotics. Seven years ago, in January 2004, the rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars. This month, engineers and technicians at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory continue to put finishing touches on the rovers’ successor, the Mars Science Laboratory, also known as Curiosity.

This Thursday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. Pacific, schools are invited to watch a live web program featuring questions submitted by students on the topics of Mars exploration and rovers. (We are no longer accepting questions for the chat.) Our guest will be NASA/JPL engineer Nagin Cox. Nagin is currently on the mission operations team for the Mars Science Laboratory. She was the Deputy Team Chief of the Spacecraft/Rover Engineering Flight Team for Spirit and Opportunity. In addition, Nagin spent most of 2010 looking into a future Mars mission.

The live chat will be online at . It will be archived on the same website after the program.

Technical requirements: To watch the live or archived chat, classrooms must be able to view the live video on JPL’s Ustream page at It is not necessary for classrooms to use the Ustream chat functionality.

More information about the Mars Science Laboratory can be found at . Highlights of the rover can be found at .

Information about Spirit and Opportunity can be found online at .

via Live Rover Web Chat for Students – JPL Education – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.