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Science in the World: NASA’s Kepler Mission

In July the world was witness to a great discovery, the Kepler NASA mission delivered incredible images of the incredible discoveries it has been making. Do you and your boys know anything about the incredible discoveries of the Kepler mission? Here is a rundown of the Kepler Mission’s objectives:

Kepler mission

The Kepler Mission’s main objective is to identify and explore the structure and the diversity of the planetary systems. It does this by surveying large star systems and sending back images to NASA for a better and deeper understanding.

To determine if there are inhabitable plants outside of the planet earth in various star systems.

Determine the size and shapes of these planetary orbits.

Estimate the number of planets there are in multiple-star systems.

Identify the members of various star systems.

This mission is accomplished through several different facets including imaging. If you and your kids want to follow along with this incredible mission please visit the Kepler Mission page. You can also learn more about the technologies at use to bring us these incredible discoveries and how they have developed over the years.

Science and Technology: Emailing a Tool a World Away

In December NASA and Astronaut Butch Wilmore accomplished a very exciting and incredible thing; NASA emailed a socket wrench to space and Butch Wilmore printed it and used it. This sounds a little crazy right? Well it actually happened. Astronaut Butch Wilmore is living on the International Space Station right now where he is conducting experiments for NASA. Unfortunately he realized that he needed a pretty common tool, a socket wrench, but it was nowhere to be found. Usually when astronauts at the International Space Station need something they have to wait for NASA to send it on a rocket ship, which is not the fastest delivery system despite how fast a rocket ship is. It can take weeks or months for the astronauts to receive what they need. But Butch needed a socket wrench, asap. So what was the best solution? A 3D printer. This technology is still pretty new, it has been used to create many things her eat home including printing human organs like hearts for transplant patients. But to email something from Earth to space and print it and use it? Unheard of. Until now. NASA emailed the socket wrench to Butch in December and he received it, printed it, and used it. The tool is fully functional and made out of plastic. Now Butch can compete his experiments and repairs.

What would you and your boys print if you had access to a 3D printer? What could you create or build that would be useful to people? What would you create just for fun?

Curiosity Mars Landing

The rover Curiosity has landed on Mars

Curiosity Mars Landing

Last night The United States of America made history after landing the newest Mars Rover, Curiosity, on the surface of Mars. This new Mars Rover is just the beginning of a mission that will hopefully give the USA a better understanding of life on Mars by studying the climate of Mars and the geology of Mars. After its momentous landing at 10:31 PM PST on August 5th it began streaming photos of the Red Planet back home to Earth. This morning the world woke up to the visual proof of the Curiosity rover with a picture of its feet landing on the surface. But what does all this mean to us as parents? Well it can mean a lot of questions.

A lot of kids are going to be wondering if this means there are Martians on Mars? Can we travel to Mars? What is it like on Mars? These are questions most parents will have no idea how to answer, unless they work for NASA. So instead of giving your kids a clueless, “I don’t know,” why not take them straight to the source! Nope not Mars, but NASA.

MarsMobile

MarsMobile, a site created by NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, features footage of Curiosity’s landing. You’ll see images it is transmitting, and all the information about Mars you and your kids will ever need. It also features games for your kids to play to help them better understand and feel connected to the Mars Rover. Your kids can learn how Curiosity was made, check on its progress, and read diaries from real Martians, or at least the people working on the project who call themselves Martians.

This is a chance to not only teach your kids about an incredible part of history, science, and our future it is also a chance to interact with them and have some good ole Martian fun!