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Camilla Corona
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What a #STEM  -tastic way of giving a compliment! 

Happy Friday my friends! 
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I haven't caused any problems, yet. I got go!!! :)
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This is for my German speaking friends! Great interview of Alexander Gerst, German Astronaut and launching to the space station in just a little over 40 days. Even more cool, my dear friend (who I will soon see again) Eico Neumann got one of his questions answered. And it was a good one too... special appearance by +Samantha Cristoforetti - she flies almost as graceful as yours truly (in zero-G that is!). 

And Alex is taking a mouse mascot with him to the ISS! He and Reid Wiseman rock. They really do. 

#ESA   #STEM   #Deutschland   #ZDF
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Uum asido un dia caloroso pero dios lo iso perfecto
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Are you celebrating Yuri's Night on April 12? Yes, every year on this date we come together and celebrate and remember the very first spaceflight. Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin launched on April 12, 1961 and made history; the first human in space. On the very same date but 20 years later, the first Space Shuttle launched into orbit. 

Great reasons to commemorate and have fun. Find a party close by at 

I have my Yuri's Night pin and t-shirt, thanks to my dear friend Angeliki Kanellopoulou!

#STEM   #YN2014   #YN14   #YourisNight   
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Happy April 1st! We all know what day is today, right?

So, I came across this great April Fools joke and I wanted to share it with you and give you my thoughts on it. It's from +Southwest Airlines and their latest destination; Mars!

Now let's review this and allow me to give you my suggestions.

When you book your flight with SWA from Earth to Mars, don't fly before July 27, 2018. Why? Well, that's because we will be much closer to Mars that day, then let's say next week.

On April 8, 2014 we will be 57.5 million miles away from Mars. But on July, 2018 we will only be 35.8 million miles away.

Why is that? Well, planets don't orbit the Sun in a circular orbit. They orbit in an ellipse one. That is why in January Earth is closest to the Sun and in July Earth is the furthest away from our Star. The difference is a good 3.1 million miles. So no change.

So the shortest distance from Earth to Mars is when both planets are on the same side of the Sun. And not only that. This should be when Earth is the farthest away from the Sun (aphelion) and Mars is the closest to the Sun in its orbit (perihelion). Remember, Earth is the "3rd Rock" from the Sun and Mars is the 4th. So, that's why on July 27, 2018 we will be relatively close to Mars.

Ok, now let's say you book your vacation, leaving towards the end of July 2018. How long should you book your vacation for?

Let's work with round numbers to make it a little easier. It will be a 36,000,000 miles one-way trip to Mars. Southwest Airline's fleet consists of Boeing 737. Their latest model is the 737-800. It has a cruising speed of approx. 600 miles per hour. Not taking stops into consideration, the flight time would be 60,000 hours (or 2,500 days or almost 7 years).

Now let's do take the re-fuling into consideration and the fact that the Boeing 737-800 series has a range of approx. 3,600 miles on a full tank. So the pilot would have to make 10,000 stops between Earth and Mars and each time fill up the airplane with almost 6,900 gallons of fuel. That's 69,000,000 gallons of fuel just to get to Mars.

Oh, and let's say one gallon of jet fuel costs $3, then the cost of fuel alone would be $207,000,000. There are 189 passengers on board the 737-800 - that's $1,095,000 per passenger in fuel cost.

So jump on this $9,999 deal Southwest is offering. Just make sure you tell your boss you will be gone for some time...

#STEM #SWA #Fun #Mars
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+Kaarin Spier It just has a cool ring to it ;-)
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Saying my good-byes to ESOC (European Space Operations Center) at the European Space Agency in Darmstadt, Germany. 

Since its creation in 1967, ESOC, located in Darmstadt, Germany, has planned missions, operated more than 60 satellites and ensured that spacecraft meet their mission objectives. The mandate of ESOC is to conduct mission operations for ESA satellites and to establish, operate and maintain the necessary ground-segment infrastructure.

Next stop - seeing my wonderful family friends "The Neumanns"! 
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Today was an incredible day here in Rome. I got to visit the Vatican Observatory. Wow!

In its historical roots the Vatican Observatory is one of the oldest astronomical institutions in the world. The first foreshadowing of the Observatory can be traced to Pope Gregory XIII and the constitution of a committee to study the scientific data and implications involved in the reform of the Julian calendar in use since 45 B.C. That calendar contained a tiny error in determining the length of the year, and by the late 1500s the error had grown large enough to make timing of Church holy days out of sync with their respective seasons. The committee working on the project included Fr. Christoph Clavius, a Jesuit mathematician from the Roman College, who expounded and explained the reform of the calendar.

The staff of the Vatican Observatory spend a great deal of their time on research projects with colleagues around the world. Also during the year they travel internationally attending conferences and delivering presentations to over 5,000 people in gatherings that include their esteemed colleagues or local parish groups and school children.

#STEM   #History  
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You looking into the telescope is your most precious photo ever. Adorable. 🐔
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Ciao from Rome! We have arrived, already done some sightseeing and now we are doing the ‪#‎Lucatweetup‬ here with the wonderful people from the +European Space Agency, ESA.

My buddy Daniel Scuka is ready and gives the thumb up!
ESRIN, known as the ESA Centre for Earth Observation, is one of the five ESA specialised centres situated in Europe. Located in Frascati, a small town 20 km south of Rome in Italy, ESRIN was established in 1966 and first began acquiring data from environmental satellites in the 1970s.

Earth Observation data has grown in importance as more and more international and national agencies recognise the many uses to which it can be put. Satellites for Earth observation keep a constant watch over the Earth and the data they provide help to safeguard the planet in which we live.

Since 2004, ESRIN has been the headquarters for ESA's Earth Observation activities.

And we will be spending some time with the One-And-Only-And-Too-Cool-For-A-Dry-Spacesuit Astornaut Luca Parmitano!
Luca's a very experienced pilot with the Italian air force. He was selected as one of six new ESA astronauts in 2009. He completed his first mission to the ISS – the Volare mission – as part of Expedition 36/37, in 2013, spending May-November in orbit. His second EVA, in July 2013, was aborted after just over an hour due to a malfunction in his spacesuit, which resulted in his helmet partly filling with water.

+Samantha Cristoforetti any cool places you think I should go and visit? :-)

#Lucatweetup   #ESA   #Rome   #Ital  
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+Camilla Corona Glad you had a good time. I never say the Vatican Observatory... I need to catch up with you!
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Hello from Boston and the National Science Teacher Association 2014 Conference.

Wow, look what I got to see! This is an Eurasian Eagle-owl. They combine fast and powerful flights with shallow wing beats and long, fast glides. They also soar on updrafts, displaying a type of flight similar to that of soaring hawks like the Red-tailed Hawk. Eurasian Eagle-owls are among the world's largest owls and their pumpkin orange eyes and feathery ear tufts make them one of the most striking owls in the world. 

Their wingspan is between 5-6 feet and they are about 2 1/2 feet long, weighting up to 9 lbs. Their scientific name is Bubo Bubo! LOL

#NSTA14   #STEM   #Boston  
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This dad is one cool dad. And talented too. He is making very short clips of his son, nicknamed "Action Kid". Here is one that I really enjoyed. "3, 2, 1.... liftoff!"
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STEM Outreach Ambassador
  • Stanford Solar Center
    STEM Ambassador, 2013 - present
    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Ambassador via Social Media and in-chicken appearances in schools, science fairs and social media events.
  • Space Chicken, 2003 - 2013
I am Camilla Corona and I am a STEM Ambassador, doing Education & Public Outreach. Not only do I share knowledge about our Sun and Space Weather, but I also encourage girls to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).
I am Camilla Corona - also known as the Space Chicken. My mission is to share exciting news in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. I have a pretty extensive background and I enjoy inspiring kids, teenagers and the young-at-hearts. Retired from NASA, I am now on my own sharing the excitement of space exploration and STEM. 

**Note, I am not part of NASA, nor funded by NASA**
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Survived a trip to Near Space and a week in the swamp and four more trips to the Edge of Space.
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Commander Camilla, The Duck, Space Chicken