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Neil Armstrong recently passed away at the age of 82.  I remember being a young girl watching the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon’s surface.  I watched in awe and amazement seeing the first human to set foot on a surface outside of our planet. Since that day, I have always been fascinated by the study of space and especially space technology. I admire the pioneers of space travel and celebrate their bravery and accomplishments.

LOOK UP IN THE SKY?

Have you ever seen a meteor shower?  Well if you haven’t, you will have an opportunity early Sunday, August 12.  You will need to go outside around 2:00 am!  Hopefully the skies will be clear.  Meteors are often called shooting stars, but they are not stars at all. They are pieces of comet material that pass through our atmosphere and burn off to show streaks of light.

Here is a link for more information about the Perseid Meteor Shower.  Check it out.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/10aug_perseids/

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Visit this link to see more photos taken by Curiosity of the Martian surface. What do you think?

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html

Curiosity is on Mars!!!

I tried to stay awake to watch the landing, but my eyes would not stay open. Since I fell asleep thinking about it, I had dreams about Mars and the rover.  As soon as I woke up, I turned on my computer and saw the headlines!  “Curiosity has landed safely.”  It will a few more days before more images start to come through.  Did you watch the landing live? What do think about this event?

 

 

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Here are some links to keep up with this historic event!

NASA:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html

Curiosity Cam- live streaming
http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl

Time Chart to show landing time in geographic areas:

http://timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=NASA+Curiosity+Mars+Rover+Landing&iso=20120805T2230&p1=137

Sally Ride was the first American woman astronaut to travel to space.  She was an inspiration to many. Image

The countdown is in full swing.  The date for landing is scheduled for August 5th!  Right now the scientists are keeping their fingers crossed for the very delicate landing.

Visit this link for some more information. You can even play a simulated game landing Curiosity!

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-205

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