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I’m back at one of my favorite schools - Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx - to celebrate Yuri’s Night with the 4th and 5th Graders. About 100 people came to celebrate space exploration with Michael Wilkinson, Lauren Tucker and Justin Starr. The students were treated to GoogleHangouts with NASA engineers who told them about their jobs and answered questions. Ben Honey came to us from the historic Mission Control at Johnson Space Center and told the students all about working with the International Space Station. Ben really likes his job, especially getting to work with all the partner countries. Allen Chen from JPL came next, telling us about his work with Mars Curiosity and Mars 2020 rovers. One of the students asked Allen, “What did you think when someone suggested the skycrane idea for landing Curiosity?” Allen replied, “I was that person!” The third guest was Carla Guzzardo from Lockeed Martin who is a rocket motor engineer. She got asked one of the best questions of the night: “Why do you like being a rocket engineer?” Carla’s reply, “Because its COOL!”

One of the students read a lovely biography of Yuri Gagaran that he wrote. It was especially nice because his family is from Russia and his grandmother worked in the Russian space program! He even wore a special t-shirt that he made for the night with a drawing of the Vostok rocket.

After the video chats, Lauren shared some amazing 3D photos from Mars and told us all kinds of cool things about the solar system. Lauren loves our nearest star ALMOST as much as me! Unfortunately, it was a cloudy evening so Michael and Justin couldn’t do telescope observations. They did have their telescopes though and showed people how they work and answered questions about choosing the right telescope.

It was a great evening. Everyone had so much fun. This school really has the space spirit. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these students working at NASA one day!
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Join me in celebrating #EarthHour tonight 8:30-9:30 local time by turning off the lights for one hour and going out to gaze at the stars.

https://www.earthhour.org/celebrate-earth-hour
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The Year Ahead: This week's International Space Station update looks at NASA astronaut Scott Kelly's upcoming year in space. Scott launched to the station today at 3:42 p.m. EDT.

Watch Space to Ground, your weekly update on what's happening aboard humanity's orbiting outpost. Got a question or comment? Use #SpaceToGround to talk to us.

#YearInSpace #JourneyToMars
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What happened this week @ NASA? The much-anticipated March 27 launch to the International Space Station of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on a one-year odyssey that plays a key role in our Journey to Mars. The year in space mission and more are featured on this week's edition. 
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It's Launch Day!
Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko will begin their ‪#‎YearInSpace‬ aboard the International Space Station today when they launch from Baikonur this afternoon with Gennady Padalka.
http://www.nasa.gov/content/a-year-in-space/index.html
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Northland Preparatory Academy 6th Grade Near-Space Balloon Flight

I spent last week with Kaci Heins and her students at Northland Preparatory Academy in Flagstaff, AZ for their high altitude balloon launch. The capsule was loaded with sensors galore and cameras.  Specifically we measured pressure, temperature, IR, UV and gamma radiation. I climbed aboard with LEGO Spaceman for the ride early on Thursday morning. With all this science, it was kind of cramped, kind of like being inside a SOYUZ capsule. 

With all the students cheering on the launch, we started the uphill climb. On the way up, we took some amazing photographs of Flagstaff and the top of the atmosphere. The Earth is really beautiful from up there! We climbed to 60,000 feet, 70,000 feet, 80,000 feet all the way up to 103,000 feet before the balloon burst! On the ground, the air pressure averages around 1000 hectoPascals. At 103,000 feet, the air pressure was only 19 hectoPascals. That means over 98% of the Earth’s atmosphere was below us! Good thing I was wearing my pressure suit because at this pressure, your blood boils off. And no one can hear you scream!

On the way down, the parachute got tangled, so it was a fast ride - 4000 feet per minute. We landed intact with the only damage being that LEGO spaceman lost his right hand. It got caught in the antenna. Ouch! i don’t know how many LEGO astronauts will be applying to join our team.

We had the Civil Air Patrol for air support and ground chase team from Arizona Near Space Research for the recovery. The balloon traveled 22.5 miles from school, landing only 10 feet from a road, so recovery was quick and easy. Thank goodness for me. Better than some of my past adventures! (Right Fuzz and Skye?) It was pretty cold up there too, -48°C! After I got back to the school, we celebrated the successful mission and Pi Day with some tasty pies!

Thank you to Kaci and her students for hosting me and giving me a great ride to near space! I look forward to hearing your data analysis.

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eHam.net Article: Watch 5 Years of Stunning Sun by SDO: - This video features stunning clips of the Sun, captured by SDO from each of the five years since SDO’s deployment in 2010. In this movie, watch giant clouds of solar material hurled out into space, the dance of giant loops hovering in the corona, and huge sunspots growing and shrinking on the Sun's surface. - eHam.net is a Web site dedicated to ham radio (amateur radio).
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Check out my buddy Reid Wiseman on +NPR  Look At This "A Photo I Love" 
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Not many people can say they've Tweeted selfies from a spacewalk. Astronaut Reid Wiseman can. Back on Earth, he shares a few of his #spacetweets -- and one photo he really loves.
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Did you miss NASA astronaut Scott Kelly's launch on a one-year mission to the International Space Station? Want to watch it again?

Scott and his Russian crew members Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko began a six-hour journey to the space station. For Kelly and Kornienko, the launch began a #YearInSpace to conduct extensive research on the effect of long duration space travel on the human body
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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) joined their Expedition 43 crewmates when the hatches between the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft and the International Space Station officially opened at 11:15 p.m. EDT. Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts, Anton Shkaplerov of the Roscosmos and Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency) welcomed the new crew members aboard their orbital home.

Kelly and Kornienko will spend about a year on the space station to better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to the harsh environment of space. Data from the one-year mission will be used to determine whether there are ways to further reduce the risks on future long-duration missions to an asteroid and eventually Mars. The crew will support several hundred experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science -- research that impacts life on Earth. Learn more at http://www.nasa.gov/oneyear 

Virts, Shkaplerov and Cristoforetti will return home in May 2015. At that time Padalka will become commander for Expedition 44. Padalka will spend six months aboard the outpost, during which he will become the first four-time station commander and record holder for most cumulative time spent in space. Kelly and Kornienko will return to Earth in March 2016 with Expedition 46 after 342 days in space.
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On March 7, NASA announced the selection of 10 investigations for the study of identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly and, in doing so, launched human space life science research into a new era.
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Over the next year, the difference between their ages is going to change by about 26 microseconds.

...Correction: my mistake, that's per day.
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Tiny solar flares on the sun may be having an outsized effect on the temperature of the sun's atmosphere. To investigate, scientists will observe these "nanoflares" using a space telescope built for black holes.

Watch: https://youtu.be/wjB9JtTU7SU
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    Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Ambassador via Social Media and in-chicken appearances in schools, science fairs and social media events.
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Commander Camilla, The Duck, Space Chicken
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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).
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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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Stanford, CA, United States - Goddard, MD, United States