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NASA Tent at MD Day 3

April 24, 2010

 

Maryland Day

On Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, the University of Maryland’s College Park campus was open for Maryland Day, an annual family-friendly event filled with opportunities for learning, exploration, and fun. It featured over 400 interactive exhibits, workshops, and live performances.

 

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center was able to showcase its missions, particularly Goddard’s exciting earth science and space science partnerships with the University of Maryland.

 

NASA Goddard Exhibits Included:

Earth Science/Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) – Discussion of Chesapeake Bay research conducted in collaboration with ESSIC. Interactive activity with Goddard interns from University of Maryland and Goddard scientists.

 

Dynamic Response of the Environment At the Moon (DREAM) – Lunar activities led by Goddard scientists.

 

MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) – Unlocking the Secrets of Mercury through hands-on activities led by Outreach personnel and students.

 

Joint Space Science Institute (JSI), International X-ray Observatory (IXO), Laser Interferometer Space Antenna Project (LISA), and the Extrasolar Planet Observation and Characterization and the Deep Impact extended Investigation (EPOXI) will host exhibits coordinated by UMD.

 

NASA Goddard Missions for 2010

Missions launched or set to launch in 2010 were also highlighted at Maryland Day 2010.

 

Glory – Set to launch in 2010, the Glory exhibit revealed the mission’s role in increasing understanding of the Earth’s energy balance.

 

Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) – Interactive activities designed for kids to inspire understanding of the Sun’s influence.

 

James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – Key project personnel interacted with the public, discussed the engineering challenges of building JWST .

 

General Goddard – Activities revealed facets of Goddard, information on NASA opportunities.

 

Credit: NASA/GSFC/Pat Izzo

 

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe.

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