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NASA Design Challenge Registration Opens

Astronaut/aquanaut Jose M. Hernandez uses a still camera to photograph plants inside the undersea habitat for the 12th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) mission. The NEEMO 12 crew is spending 12 days, May 7-18, on an undersea mission aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Aquarius Underwater Laboratory, which is operated by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and located off the coast of Key Largo, Florida.
by Staff Writers
Washington (UPI) Aug 09, 2007
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has opened registration for its Lunar Plant Growth Chamber engineering challenge. Participating students will design and build greenhouse chambers to analyze and study plant growth from some of the 10 million cinnamon basil seeds that are to be flown into space aboard space shuttle Endeavour this week and then returned to Earth.

The students will conduct classroom experiments that NASA said might help in the quest for new ways to grow and sustain plants in space and on the moon -- a critical need for future space exploration.

NASA officials said seeds will be available to the first 100,000 registrants, who must be kindergarten through 12th grade educators and residents of the United States or U.S. territories and outlying areas.

NASA said the competition will help students improve their science, math and analytical skills. NASA and the International Technology Education Association are co-sponsoring the engineering design challenge.

Source: United Press International

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NASA Launches Space Shuttle Endeavour For Station Teach-In
Washington (AFP) Aug 08, 2007
Space Shuttle Endeavour was blasted off early Wednesday evening sending the first teacher into space 21 years after the Challenger explosion tragically ended the dream of another pioneering teacher. Teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan, 55, has become the star of the second shuttle mission to the International Space Station this year. Weather conditions were perfect and all other countdown procedures went smoothly allowing an on time lift off at 6:36 pm (2236 GMT) Wednesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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