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Statement regarding suspension of some NASA activities with Russian Government representatives:

Given Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, NASA is suspending the majority of its ongoing engagements with the Russian Federation.  NASA and Roscosmos will, however, continue to work together to maintain safe and continuous operation of the International Space Station. NASA is laser focused on a plan to return human spaceflight launches to American soil, and end our reliance on Russia to get into space.  This has been a top priority of the Obama Administration’s for the past five years, and had our plan been fully funded, we would have returned American human spaceflight launches – and the jobs they support – back to the United States next year.  With the reduced level of funding approved by Congress, we’re now looking at launching from U.S. soil in 2017.  The choice here is between fully funding the plan to bring space launches back to America or continuing to send millions of dollars to the Russians.  It’s that simple.  The Obama Administration chooses to invest in America – and we are hopeful that Congress will do the same.
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YouTube link Part 5 http://youtu.be/D8KL1xKZecI

*TL;DR. +Pamela Gay & +Nicole Gugliucci will bring you a whole slew of guests, science, and fun during this 24-hour long fundraiser for CosmoQuest!

http://cosmoquest.org/blog/donate/?title=donate

Event links for...
Part 1: https://plus.google.com/events/c8hipsag07ngda5h3r06bqbprv8
Part 2: https://plus.google.com/events/cglasd846s15n0n7sqdvs9nol3o
Part 3: https://plus.google.com/events/c7ntqnrh01rejv3smtq9dmmub4o
Part 4: https://plus.google.com/events/cagts10npsub757psnh1e4mbj0g
Part 5: https://plus.google.com/events/cchro36b2mlth0nv27ftgm1elqo
Part 6: https://plus.google.com/events/c3lu15j2t9p2o3tc0hv11ubjuu0

Faced with governmental funding cuts to science education and research, the CosmoQuest Virtual Research Facility (CosmoQuest.org) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has decided to go old school with a twist: On June 15-16, +Pamela Gay & +Nicole Gugliucci  are hosting a telethon using Google Hangout on Air – A Hangout-a-thon – to raise money to support public engagement in science.
 
The Hangout-a-thon will start on June 15 at noon Eastern (GMT – 5).  Over the weekend, they will host numerous guests, ranging from scientists who will do science demos, creatives who can unite science and art/music, and researchers who will discuss citizen science and address science education from the perspective of research and metrics. Each segment will be released after the event as a stand-alone YouTube video on the AstrosphereVids channel, thus creating a library of content while raising money for future programs. 

Planning for this Hangout-a-thon was triggered by the cuts created by sequestration, and by the current White House plans to transition education out of NASA. If the President's current budget is passed, all the funding programs CosmoQuest relies on for will be zeroed (see http://bit.ly/11m5XYg) and the project will be defunded. Rather than accept that fate, CosmoQuest is working to raise the funds needed to keep their programs going, to build new citizen science programs for researchers that don't otherwise have the means to accomplish their projects, and to contract, as they are able, extraordinary people laid off by these cuts at other institutions to keep doing great things through CosmoQuest. (Links to essays on these cuts are listed below).
 
CosmoQuest wants to make sure astronomy education survives and remains strong. While one team, and one telethon can't fix everything, they hope this event can raise awareness, while protected one small corner of astronomy research and education.

#hangoutathon  
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Who's who @ Dr.Who ;)
 
Anyone else love this????
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Target 1 - Goal reached - Congrats to everyone who participated. 
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After ony (and the only) extension again less then one day to go, "only" $9,000 to reach. Let's support this great initiative! (Reaching their target will be the first $4,000 saved :))
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A novel and hopefully stable way to fund space exploration
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Lex Luthor's dream... #Halloween :)
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*TL;DR. +Pamela Gay & +Nicole Gugliucci will bring you a whole slew of guests, science, and fun during this 24-hour long fundraiser for CosmoQuest!

Event links for...
Part 1: https://plus.google.com/events/c8hipsag07ngda5h3r06bqbprv8
Part 2: https://plus.google.com/events/cglasd846s15n0n7sqdvs9nol3o
Part 3: https://plus.google.com/events/c7ntqnrh01rejv3smtq9dmmub4o
Part 4: https://plus.google.com/events/cagts10npsub757psnh1e4mbj0g
Part 5: https://plus.google.com/events/cchro36b2mlth0nv27ftgm1elqo
Part 6: https://plus.google.com/events/c3lu15j2t9p2o3tc0hv11ubjuu0

Faced with governmental funding cuts to science education and research, the CosmoQuest Virtual Research Facility (CosmoQuest.org) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has decided to go old school with a twist: On June 15-16, +Pamela Gay & +Nicole Gugliucci  are hosting a telethon using Google Hangout on Air – A Hangout-a-thon – to raise money to support public engagement in science.
 
The Hangout-a-thon will start on June 15 at noon Eastern (GMT – 5).  Over the weekend, they will host numerous guests, ranging from scientists who will do science demos, creatives who can unite science and art/music, and researchers who will discuss citizen science and address science education from the perspective of research and metrics. Each segment will be released after the event as a stand-alone YouTube video on the AstrosphereVids channel, thus creating a library of content while raising money for future programs. 

Planning for this Hangout-a-thon was triggered by the cuts created by sequestration, and by the current White House plans to transition education out of NASA. If the President's current budget is passed, all the funding programs CosmoQuest relies on for will be zeroed (see http://bit.ly/11m5XYg) and the project will be defunded. Rather than accept that fate, CosmoQuest is working to raise the funds needed to keep their programs going, to build new citizen science programs for researchers that don't otherwise have the means to accomplish their projects, and to contract, as they are able, extraordinary people laid off by these cuts at other institutions to keep doing great things through CosmoQuest. (Links to essays on these cuts are listed below).
 
CosmoQuest wants to make sure astronomy education survives and remains strong. While one team, and one telethon can't fix everything, they hope this event can raise awareness, while protected one small corner of astronomy research and education.
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Het belang van ruimtegym ;)
 
In this video ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, due to fly to the International Space Station in 2013, explains why it's important to stay fit and shows us where he trains, at ESA's European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany. All of the exercises and challenges in Mission X are inspired by physical training the astronauts undergo for their spaceflight. Luca demonstrates a few of these tasks and encourages schools to participate in this ever-growing global project.

Find out how to participate in Mission X 2013 on the ESA website:
http://www.esa.int/esaHS/SEME5L62Q8H_index_0.html
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