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Carol Hively, Director - Public Relations & Team Communications
Margaret Rhule Baguio is 2016 Recipient of the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
To be Presented at the 32nd Space Symposium
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 10, 2016) – The opening ceremony of the Space Foundation’s 32nd Space Symposium will begin with the presentation of its highest education award. Margaret Rhule Baguio, Senior Education Outreach Coordinator for NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium, has been selected by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Space Foundation as recipient of the 2016 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. The award is given annually in recognition of creative and innovative use of technology by K-12 educators, or district-level education personnel.
The award, named for Mercury and Apollo astronaut Alan Shepard, will be presented during the Space Symposium’s opening ceremony on April 11 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. The ceremony is co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman, and the award presentation will be followed with a by-invitation reception co-hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation.
Margaret Rhule Baguio has worked for more than 30 years in youth development and education in public schools for the Texas Cooperative Extension Service 4-H & Youth Development Program, she managed a USDA Science and Literacy project for underserved youth and she has promoted space education to students, teachers and the general public through the Texas Space Grant Consortium.
Highlights of her accomplishments include:
*Developing the LiftOff Summer Institute, held at NASA Johnson Space Center, a nationally competitive, week-long professional development program for educators. Evaluation results show that annually, this one week-long workshop reaches 50 educators, who train an additional 1,250 teachers, who then use the materials with 130,000 students.
*Implementing the Summer of Innovation program along the Mexican border of south Texas, with a 97 percent minority population and where the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. She trained 600 teachers, who then conducted week-long NASA-themed camps to more than 10,000 students in a four-year period. In addition, she initiated the first Space Camp at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, where students had the opportunity to engage in hands-on NASA STEM activities. She was instrumental in receiving funding to engage Hispanic girls in NASA's Minority Student Forum and Girls in Science.
*Through partnerships and collaboration, she has provided opportunities for teachers to fly on NASA's reduced gravity aircraft with experiments. She also arranged for students’ protein crystal flight experiments to be launched on the Space Shuttle for use by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The students conducted authentic research, working with and being mentored by NASA scientists analyzing Earth-observing satellite data.
*During the past year she conducted STEM professional development training to 3,260 teachers and engaged 17,036 youth in STEM activities.
About the Space Symposium
The Space Foundation’s Space Symposium is the annual gathering of all sectors of the global space community. The 32nd Space Symposium will be held April 11-14 at The Broadmoor, and will include programs for select educators and students. See more about the Symposium at www.spacesymposium.org.
About the Astronauts Memorial Foundation
Founded in the wake of the Challenger accident in 1986, AMF honors and memorializes 24 astronauts who sacrificed their lives for the nation and the space program while on a U.S. government mission or in training. AMF is a private, not-for-profit organization approved by NASA to build and maintain two major facilities at the John F. Kennedy Space Center's Visitor Complex: The Space Mirror Memorial and The Center for Space Education. Through the Center for Space Education, AMF partners with NASA to provide space-related educational technology training to teachers and students to foster an understanding of space exploration, to improve education through technology and to improve the quality of the space industry workforce. For more information, visit www.amfcse.org.
About the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA is an agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation's civilian space program and aeronautics and aerospace research. Operational since 1958, NASA’s mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research. It has led U.S. space exploration including the Mercury and Gemini space programs, the Apollo missions to the Moon, the Space Shuttle, U.S. involvement in the International Space Station, the Hubble Telescope and robotic interplanetary and distant space missions. NASA is also responsible for long-term civilian and military aerospace research and research focused on better understanding Earth, the solar systems, and the universe beyond. For more information, go to www.nasa.gov.
About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activityand through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit www.SpaceFoundation.org, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.
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NASA's Day of Remembrance honors fallen astronauts
James Dean, FLORIDA TODAY
3:49 p.m. EST January 28, 2016
The day before her launch from Kennedy Space Center aboard the space shuttle Challenger 30 years ago today, Christa McAuliffe, NASA's Teacher in Space, took time in crew quarters to write college recommendations for some of her New Hampshire students.
"At a time when many people would think only of the impending launch, Christa was taking care of a teacher's business," recalled Barbara Morgan, McAuliffe's backup for the mission, during a ceremony at the KSC Visitor Complex.
On the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, Morgan shared stories about her crewmates during NASA's annual Day of Remembrance ceremony, which honors the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia crews and seven more men killed in aircraft accidents.
"It's hard to believe it's been 30 years since we lost Challenger and her crew," said KSC Director Bob Cabana, a four-time shuttle flier who began training to become an astronaut months before the Challenger explosion 73 seconds after launch, caused by a failure in the right solid rocket booster. "Those of us who are old enough to remember can probably tell you exactly where we were and what we were doing."
Cabana remembered later seeing the wreckage of Challenger's crew cabin laid out at KSC as the accident's cause was investigated.
"It’s no way to bring an orbiter home," he said. "Nor would this be the last time that we would have to do this."
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Space Foundation Contact:
Carol Hively, Director - Public Relations & Team Communications
Educators: Apply Now for the 2016 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 20, 2015) – Educators who have demonstrated a commitment to inspiring students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) may apply now to receive the 2016 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award.
Given annually by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Space Foundation, the award recognizes contributors to technology in the education field in both formal and informal environments.
The award, named for Mercury and Apollo astronaut Alan Shepard, will be presented on April 11, 2016, at the opening ceremony of the Space Foundation’s 32nd Space Symposium at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Find the award application online at www.astronautsmemorial.org/alan-shepard-award.html. Submissions for the 2016 award must be mailed and postmarked no later than Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. The winner will be announced in March 2016.
One award is given annually; see more about the award and past recipients atwww.spacefoundation.org/about/awards.
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NASA, nation salute fallen astronauts
Center workers, visitors mark solemn event
February 1st, 2014
We honor astronauts who “paid the ultimate sacrifice in our quest to explore” by remembering their achievements, learning from mistakes that contributed to their deaths and moving forward with new missions, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana said Friday.
“We’ve gotten better, and their sacrifice was definitely not in vain,” said Cabana, a four-time shuttle flier, during a Day of Remembrance ceremony at the KSC Visitor Complex.
Sheltered by an umbrella, Cabana and Deputy Center Director Janet Petro laid a wreath of red, white and blue magnolias, roses and hydrangeas in front of a dark, rain-streaked Space Mirror Memorial at 10:30 a.m., then bowed their heads in silence...(continue reading full article here)
Video of memorial service also available at News Channel 13 link here:
Live Space Station Video
Live Space Station Video includes internal views from cameras in the International Space Station's Destiny Laboratory and Harmony module when the resident astronauts are on duty. Earth views from external cameras on the station's structure will be available during crew off-duty periods.
The video will be accompanied by live audio of conversations between the crew and the Mission Control network.
Television from the station is available only when the complex is in contact with the ground through its high-speed communications antenna and NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System. During "loss of signal" periods, you will see a blue screen.
Since the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it sees a sunrise or a sunset every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but also may provide spectacular views of city lights below.
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