From: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012
Media representatives are invited to see middle-school students and their teachers demonstrate science lessons and highlight selected images provided by twin NASA spacecraft studying the moon from crust to core. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon EDT (7 a.m. to 9 a.m. PDT), PM Friday, June 1, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center located at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington.
The event showcases an education and public outreach project called MoonKAM (Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students). MoonKAM provides students around the world with an opportunity to identify and choose images of the moon's surface using small cameras aboard NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission. To date, thousands of images of lunar targets have been selected by fifth- to eighth-grade students.
MoonKAM is operated by Sally Ride Science in collaboration with undergraduate students at the University of California in San Diego. Sally Ride, CEO of the science education company and America's first woman in space, will host the event and provide opening remarks.
Event presenters include:
-- Lori Garver, NASA deputy administrator, Washington
-- Maria Zuber, GRAIL principal investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
For information about MoonKAM, visit: https://moonkam.ucsd.edu .
For more information about GRAIL, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/grail .
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