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NASA Announces Education Television Partnership

NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale announced recently the launch of NASA Education TV (NASA eTV), a partnership with the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), to produce new educational TV programs for distribution on NASA TV and the Internet. NASA eTV aims to engage young people in the excitement and challenges the future holds for America’s space program. Designed for grades K-12 as well as young adults, the short videos will be available on-demand through the Internet during the 2008-2009 school year. Each NASA eTV program will consist of 5- to 10-minute video segments. The elementary school-level segments will provide an introduction to science and engineering. The middle-school segments will focus on the relevance of math to 21st century careers. High-school segments will build on the engineering and science behind NASA projects and missions. Programs for the general public will be aimed at 18- to 34-year-olds and focus on the impact of space exploration, scientific discovery, aeronautics research, and NASA-developed technologies. For a monthly list of NASA Education TV programs, .

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This Month in NASA History

This year, as NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we’ll be highlighting technology innovations and important moments in NASA history, leading to our special 50th Anniversary Issue in October.

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NASA Nano Sensor Helps Detect Biohazards

A nanotechnology-based biosensor developed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, detects trace amounts of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. The sensor has been licensed to Early Warning Inc. of Troy, NY, which will use the sensor to prevent the spread of potentially deadly biohazards in water, food, and other sources.

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“Create the Future” and Win

The 2008 NASA Tech Briefs “Create the Future” Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp., opens for entries on July 7. The seventh annual contest welcomes innovative design ideas in the following categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security; Transportation; and Sustainable Technologies.

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This Month in NASA History

This year, as NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we’ll be highlighting technology innovations and important moments in NASA history, leading to our special 50th Anniversary Issue in October.

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This Month in NASA History

This year, as NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we’ll be highlighting technology innovations and important moments in NASA history, leading to our special 50th Anniversary Issue in October. This Month in NASA History: On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. Learn more about these events at .

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NASA Goddard Enters the World of Online Gaming

Researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, are on the verge of heading into a new virtual world for the good of education. The initiative is the result of an anticipated new Space Act Agreement (SAA) administered by Goddard’s Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) Office. The Massively Multi-Player Online (MMO) Learning Game platform is a NASA-wide initiative managed at Goddard and administered by the Learning Technologies Project Office (LTPO). The project is designed to increase interest in, and pursuit of, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for middle school through higher education students.

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