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JPL educational tours

From: Cindy C
Sent on: Saturday, September 17, 2011 11:52 PM

Hello all,

Rachel and I attended a tour at JPL on Friday and it was amazing.  If you've ever been to their open house in May, you know it can get very crowded.  The educational tours include 3 or 4 highlights from the open house with a guide to answer all of your space-related questions.  Sign ups are online.  You can set up a field trip for up to 80 of your close personal friends or just make a reservation for your family.  They ask for the names and citizenship of attendees and adults are required to bring id.

We saw a film about the planets, the lab where the Mars rover Curiosity's twin is being tested (Curiosity is in Florida awaiting launch in November), the museum with awesome exhibits, and finally the Deep Space Network operations center where all of JPL's current spacecraft are being monitored.

In case you're not aware, the new mission to the moon, GRAIL, was launched last week.  Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) is an information-gathering mission. The spacecraft will deploy two satellites (GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B) in lunar orbit to provide in-depth data for scientists to analyze in order to better understand the moon's gravitational characteristics, structure, and history.

GRAIL will, also, engage middle schools across the country with MoonKAM (Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students). Tens of thousands of fifth- to eighth-grade students will select target areas on the lunar surface and send requests to the GRAIL MoonKAM Mission Operations Center (MOC). Photos of the target areas will be sent back by the GRAIL satellites and made available in the Images section of this Web site. Students will use the images to study lunar features such as craters, highlands, and maria (darker areas of the moon) while also learning about future landing sites.

The GRAIL MoonKAM mission will begin in 2012 when the GRAIL satellites are in orbit around the Moon and the dedicated MoonKAM cameras are activated. The mission will last approximately 80 days.

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