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University Design Competition for Issues Facing Airports

 The FAA Design Competition for Universities has moved to a new home! The FAA is now sponsoring the program under the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) of the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board.   The general format and process remain the same. New challenges have been added.  The Virginia Space Grant Consortium will continue to manage the Competition on behalf of the ACRP.

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix

NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for the MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) appendix. This effort was previously titled as the NASA University Research Centers Project and has now been consolidated into the MUREP Program within the NASA Office of Education. Through the EONS omnibus solicitation, the opportunity MIRO has been released.

Curiosity Mars Rover Prepares for Fourth Rock Drilling

The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has chosen a rock that looks like a pale paving stone as the mission's fourth drilling target, if it passes engineers' evaluation. They call it "Bonanza King." http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/msl/fourth-rock-drilling-20140815/index.html

NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Next SpaceX Station Resupply Mission

Media accreditation now is open for the launch of NASA’s next cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station by SpaceX. The Dragon spacecraft tentatively is scheduled to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida no earlier than 2:38 a.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 19. This will be SpaceX’s fourth cargo resupply servicing mission and will deliver nearly two tons of supplies, science experiments, and technology demonstrations to the space station.

NASA’s Chandra Observatory Searches for Trigger of Nearby Supernova

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory offer a glimpse into the environment of a star before it exploded earlier this year, and insight into what triggered one of the closest supernovas witnessed in decades. The data gathered on the Jan. 21 explosion, a Type Ia supernova, allowed scientists to rule out one possible cause. These supernovas may be triggered when a white dwarf takes on too much mass from its companion star, immersing it in a cloud of gas that produces a significant source of X-rays after the explosion.

Cassini Tracks Clouds Developing Over a Titan Sea

NASA's Cassini spacecraft recently captured images of clouds moving across the northern hydrocarbon seas of Saturn's moon Titan. This renewed weather activity, considered overdue by researchers, could finally signal the onset of summer storms that atmospheric models have long predicted. http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/cassini/titan-sea-20140812/index.html

NASA Selects Proposals to Increase STEM Education at Community and Technical Colleges

NASA's Office of Education will award more than $17.3 million through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at community colleges and technical schools across the U.S. Each award has a two-year performance period and a maximum value of $500,000.
See article here: http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/august/nasa-selects-proposals-to-increase...

NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions

NASA is opening the next round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative, part of the White House Maker Initiative, in an effort to engage the growing community of space enthusiasts that can contribute to NASA's space exploration goals.

International Space Station Video Challenge

The Humans in Space Art Program and NASA's International Space Station Program are teaming together to invite college students and early career professionals to take a journey with us. Through the international Humans in Space Art Challenge, we invite you to explore: How will humans use space, science, and technology to benefit humanity and to express your answer creatively in a 3-minute video. Video artwork can be of any style, featuring original animation, sketches, music, live action drama, poetry, dance, Rube Goldberg machines, apps, etc.

Celebrate World Space Week 2014

Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2014
Imagine an entire week of space-themed activities to enhance learning. Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2014.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with over 1,400 events in more than 80 countries held during the week of Oct. 4-10.

In 2014, World Space Week encourages the use global navigation satellite systems space-themed activities.

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