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NASA INVITES STUDENTS TO HELP ASTRONAUT COUNT THE STARS



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

Aug. 25, 2006

Sonja Alexander
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1761

Charles Henry Guillaume
Canadian Space Agency, Montreal 
450-926-6651


NASA INVITES STUDENTS TO HELP ASTRONAUT COUNT THE STARS

NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) are collaborating on a new 
education activity that helps students become astronomers. The Star 
Count Project will investigate the visual quality of the night sky 
and help assess the extent of atmospheric light pollution. 

There are many factors that affect how many stars can be seen at 
night. NASA and the CSA are inviting U.S. and Canadian students to 
participate in an effort to study these factors.

The project was suggested and is being supported by CSA astronaut 
Steve MacLean. He is a member of the crew of the Space Shuttle 
Atlantis on the next mission, designated STS-115, to the 
International Space Station. The mission is scheduled to launch 
Sunday, August 27. 

MacLean will perform the Star Count experiment during the mission. 
While in space he will upload star observation information into a 
database via the Star Count Web site. As part of the project, 
students will learn how to estimate the number of stars observed 
based on random samples of sections of the sky. Students will add to 
the database by entering their location, number of stars observed and 
information about their viewing conditions. The students will be able 
to compare their observations with MacLean's and other observers. 

Star Count is a project of the NASA Student Observation Network. The 
network is a collection of online inquiry-based activities that 
challenge students to find answers to research questions by making 
their own observations and interpreting them with NASA data.

To participate in the Star Count Project, students should visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/starcount/home/index.html

or

http://www.space.gc.ca/asc/eng/educators/resources/stars/default.asp 

The Star Count Project is directly tied to NASA's major education goal 
of attracting students to science, technology, engineering and 
mathematics studies. NASA is committed to engaging and retaining 
students in these disciplines which are crucial to the agency's 
future missions.

For information about NASA education programs, Star Count Project and 
the Student Observation Network, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/education

	
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