I’m finding it fascinating to see what my students dig up that relates to my Solar System class — I’m so used to the articles about earthquakes, volcanoes, and flooding, that I’m enjoying the change of pace.
- first up is something for 4th-8th grader teachers: NASA announced the first video from the MoonKAM as part of the Grail mission; eventually students will be allowed to choose locations on the far side of the Moon to take pictures of
- the Juno satellite needed to make a few planned course corrections on its trip to Jupiter
- NASA is looking for “space taxis” — I wonder if they’ll have to have that plexiglas layer between the pilot & the passengers? 🙂
- one of my solar system students did find the study about the new planet in the habitable zone & more than that found a scientifically reasonable article describing the discovery
- article that argues there isn’t enough clay in Martian soils for a long period of water on the surface of Mars
- a new portrait of Titan created from layering several Cassini images
- Lake Vostok, which is located under 2,5 miles of ice in Antarctica, may have been reached by a Russian drilling team — it could have implications for the potential of life on bodies such as Europa, Enceladus (has taken the Russians 14 years to reach the lake!)
- and my favorite: volcanic eruptions of sulfur-rich material from Io may control Jupiter’s auroras instead of solar wind from the Sun
Off to inform my physical class how they did on Monday’s exam (yes, I’m the crazy person who chose to give both my classes exams this week…). Wailing & gnashing will soon begin.