Falcon Heavy Launch!

Click here to live stream the Falcon Heavy Launch.  It is now scheduled for 3:45, today:  http://www.spacex.com/webcast

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Turtle Release

Take a look at this year’s turtle release in the Haverstraw River.  These are turtles rescued during the spring and early summer as mother turtles cross Western Highway to lay eggs in the hills nearby.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Teacher At Sea Reflection Guest-Blog Post

I invite you to read my guest-blog post on the National Science Teacher Association website entitled “Off the Deep End:  Reflections on my Time as a NOAA Teacher At Sea.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Eagles are Hatching!

You don’t see this every day: An Eagle egg is hatching live on a webcam for us all to see. The proud parents are a pair of nesting eagles in the National Arboretum in Washington DC. There are not one, but two cameras in place and you can watch the process here:

http://www.eagles.org/dceaglecam/

The mother is brooding the eggs, but moves around every so often to check on them. That’s when you can see the egg with the tiny bird cracking its way out. Here is a news story which explains more:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2016/03/17/live-camera-shows-baby-bald-eagle-is-starting-to-hatch-at-national-arboretum/

Have fun, and thanks to Barbara Salmon for sharing this with me.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Internet Safety 2016

Thanks to all who attended our Internet Safety Presentation on January 14th.  The entire presentation is available, here:  Internet Safetyy 2016.  For further information or questions, please email me at jtanenbaum@socsd.org.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How Far Did We Travel?

Our experiment launched at 12:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, July 13th and returned to Earth on Saturday, October 25th at 3:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time.  For that entire time it traveled 4.7 miles per SECOND.  Can you calculate how many miles our experiment traveled in all of that time?  Post your answer in the space below.

The International Space Station: Photo Credit, NASA

The contest has been extended to Monday, November 10th at the start of school.  Certificates will be awarded to everyone who gets the answer correct to within a percent or two of the actual number.  Post your answers before Monday!

Did you figure it out?

Our experiment was in flight for 104 days, 2 hours and 47 minutes.  That is equal to 8,995,620 seconds.  At 4.7 miles per second, we traveled 42,279,414.  Congratulations to all who tried.  So many of you got an answer close to or equal to mine.  Great work!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Leaving the ISS

Our experiment at the International Space Station was loaded on-board a Space-X Dragon capsule for return to Earth.  It left the station at 9:57 AM Eastern Time on October 25th, 2014.  Here is a video of our final moments as part of the ISS.  This shows the station’s robotic arm releasing our capsule and then separating as the capsule begins to slow down and return for splashdown later that day.

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We are Sailing in the Southern Ocean

Both science classes created flags which teacher Jillian Worssam brought along on her PolarTrec expedition to the Southern Ocean.  Check out her blog post, here

http://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/sea-floor-changes-and-the-antarctic-circumpolar-current/journals/2014-09-21

and don’t forget to scroll down.  Keep checking back with her from time to time.  What an adventure!

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Launch Video

Here is video from the launch of Orbs 2 containing our lettuce experiment and mission patches!

 

 

 

NCESSE’s SSEP on-orbit educational research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks, LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We Are Part of the ISS!

We launched at 12:52 PM on Sunday, July 13th, and our spacecraft spent the next two days catching up with the International Space Station.  Early on the morning of July 15th, after circling the Earth over 40 times in a journey of over a million miles, Cygnus arrived at the International Space Station.

At 6:36 AM on Wednesday, July 16th, 260 miles above Libya, astronaut Steve Swanson reached out with the stations robotic arm and grabbed our spacecraft.  Next, astronauts used the station’s robotic arm to slowly moved the capsule into a docking port on the Earth Facing side of the ISS.  At 8:53 AM, our spacecraft was bolted into place and docking was complete.  Take a look at the photos below (credit:  NASA TV).

Would you like to see the station with your own eyes?  You can often view it just after sunset or just before sunrise.  Use this NASA website to find opportunities near you.

NCESSE’s SSEP on-orbit educational research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks, LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment