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)
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Apply Now for the 2014 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
Recognizes Educators Who Use Technology to Inspire Students
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 12, 2013) – Educators who have demonstrated a commitment to inspiring students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) may apply now to receive the 2014 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 outstanding contributions to technology education by K-12 educators or district-level education personnel.
The Space Foundation will present the award, which is named after Mercury Astronaut Alan Shepard, on May 19, 2014, at the opening ceremony of the Space Foundation’s 30th Space Symposium at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Award information and application instructions are available at www.amfcse.org.
Submissions for the 2014 award must be mailed and postmarked no later than Feb. 3, 2014. The winner will be announced in March 2014.
About the Award
Alan Shepard, one of the nation’s original seven Mercury astronauts, was the first American to fly in space, one of only 12 humans who have walked on the moon and a former AMF board member. The award named for him recognizes excellence, quality and innovation in the development and application of technology in the classroom, or to the professional development of teachers. See more about the award and past recipients at www.spacefoundation.org/about/awards.
About the 30th Space Symposium
For its 30th year, the Space Foundation’s annual Space Symposium will be held in a later timeframe than usual, from May 19-22, and will offer workshops, forums, panels and presentations covering all aspects of space, including programs targeted specifically for educators and students. See more at www.spacesymposium.org.
About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry and an expert in all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, all in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." The Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily U.S. stock market performance of the space industry. Through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. The Space Foundation was founded in 1983 and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its world headquarters features a public Discovery Center with two main areas - the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®. The Space Foundation also conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has a field office in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.
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.
NASA is an agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation's civilian space program. 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 Space 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.
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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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