Special Days

from NASA Education EXPRESS mailing list
http://www.nasa.gov/education/express

May 2, 1953: First Commercial Jet Flight
Why can’t we just fly into space? Read about a rocket that hitches an airplane ride for part of the trip to space. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/galex-pegasus.

May 17: Pack Rat Day
You can’t afford to be a pack rat when you are packing for a trip to Mars. Try this fun, geometry-oriented activity for your class. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/classroom-activities/#marspacking

May 18, 1980: Mount St. Helens Erupted, Completely Blowing Off Its Top
Volcanoes look amazing from space. See Mount St. Helens and others at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/gallery-earth/#volcanos.

June 5: World Environment Day
How are satellites helping us understand and care for the environment? One way is by tracking migrating endangered animals. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/migration

June 15: Nature Photography Day
Kids can make their own cameras and take awesome nature pictures while learning about light. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/classroom-activities/#pinhole

June 16, 1914: Birthday of Lyman Spitzer, Jr.
He was a great scientist, and the Spitzer Space Telescope is named for him. Read how it was invented to make a dream come true. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/story-lucy

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