A Ladee Takes the Plunge

first woman on moon   Mission folks at NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) are preparing for the lunar orbiter’s eventual fall to the lunar surface. In anticipation they have created a contest where one predicts the date, hour, and minute when the spacecraft impacts the lunar surface.
   Click here for information about the contest. Use the links below to read earlier postings about the LADEE mission and others.

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

Media-Based Space Contests

space matters

Why Space Matters
   Tell us why space matters and you could win a trip to one of NASA’s visitor centers.
   Our nation is on the threshold of a new era of space exploration. NASA and the space industry are currently developing technologies, systems and strategies to explore space beyond Earth’s orbit.
   Space exploration has spurred an abundance of new ideas and innovations that enhance our daily lives, from satellite technology that can precisely track disastrous hurricanes, to medical device breakthroughs that save thousands of lives each year.
   Picture it: What will life be like in 10, 25 or 50 years if we continue to explore the unknown and push the boundaries of space travel? Consider the inevitable migration of humans to other worlds and the limitless applications of space technology that are waiting to be developed.
   Here’s your chance to share how space exploration will benefit generations to come and let your voice inspire others.

   Click here to learn more or to register for the Why Space Matters contest.


Anime Contest

NASA’s Sun-Earth Days program wants to see your best Anime artwork!
SolarMAX is the official superhero mascot for Sun-Earth Days!
Keeping an eye on space weather is quite a large job for one super hero so he needs your help.
Your job is to create and submit a new and original anime style character with a visible space weather related super power.

   Click here to go to the Solar Max Anime contest web site.

   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information.

Tomatoes, Our Sun, and eCybermission

Sun-Earth Days 2013: This year, NASA would like to feature your astro photographs and videos (up to 90 seconds each) of our active sun on the Sun Earth Days Solar Maximum Flickr group. We will feature your images with accreditation and select an image each week to feature on the NASA Sun Earth Day home page.

   Click here to go to the Sun-Earth Days web site for more information.

“Tomatosphere is a research project that will involve about 15 000 Canadian classrooms this year. In 2013, students will have the opportunity to grow tomatoes from two sets of seeds. One set will be seeds which have been exposed to a process called priming and the other set will be the control group. In this research project, students will be asked to germinate the seeds, but the two sets will not be identified until their results are reported to the web site. This methodology, known as a “blind study” will allow the mystery of the project to be real for the students.”

   Click here to go to the Tomatosphere web site for more information.

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. Your team will propose a solution to a real problem in your community and compete for State, Regional and National Awards.
eCYBERMISSION challenges you to explore how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics work in your world.

   Click here to learn how to register as a virtual judge, or participate with students for the eCybermission contest.

   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information.

Name a Mascot-Mail a Pringle

   Two contests for students are online and available for participation however both are somewhat restrictive based on geography – one’s location.
   esa mascotThe European Space Agency, ESA, is hosting a Name the Mascot contest to select a name for
their mascot, however the competition is only open for students ages 4-12 years who reside in one of ESA’s 20 Member States or Cooperating States. Note that although the United States (NASA) works cooperatively with the ESA the United States is not part of the ESA so this contest is not available for students in the United States.
   Click here to go to the ESA – Space for Kids web site to learn more about this contest.
   Click here to go to the ESA/Hubble web site for a treasure trove of resources from the Hubble Space Telescope.

A Pringle

A Pringle

   ;A contest available within the United States for students, the Pringles Challenge, is based on designing a small package that will carry a single Pringle potato chip through the U.S. Mail system in such a manner that the Pringle will arrive at its destination intact or undamaged.
   Click here to learn more about the Pringles Challenge contest.

    Please note that posting the above information is not to be taken as a personal endorsement of the Pringle’s Potato Chip.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information.