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NASA-Funded STEM Opportunity for Teachers in Utah

13 Mar 2021, 15:44 UTC
NASA-Funded STEM Opportunity for Teachers in Utah
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Spaceward Bound Utah to be held at MDRS Analog

Spaceward Bound is a NASA-funded program to train K-12 educators in how to engage their students in activities that will inspire careers in the space sciences by taking teachers into the field with scientists who are working on space-related research in a given location. First instituted by researchers at NASA Ames, today scientists involved in that early project are still organizing Spaceward Bound field expeditions around the world.

Spaceward Bound Utah is a 5-day workshop to be held at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) outside Hanksville, Utah, where K-12 teachers from Utah will be able to experience what living on the planet Mars might be like in the future. MDRS is a research facility that has been developed to simulate an early research base on the Red Planet.

The campus includes a large cylinder-shaped simulated spacecraft, which serves as the living quarters for the crews while on site. There is also an engineering bay, a greenhouse, a fully-equipped research laboratory and two astronomical observatories. Electric vehicles and spacesuits designed to mimic what humans would use on Mars are available for crews to explore the landscape surrounding the ...

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