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Amy’s Everyday Astronomy: Demo2 Launch activities for families, educators, and students

T-minus 9 days until the first launch from American soil since the space shuttle Atlantis in 2011.

I can remember the STS missions, some of which I woke up early to watch, others happened late enough that we watched them in the classroom. Unlike those other launches, this one will be done without anyone other than authorized personnel at the site.

While it will be happening in the late afternoon, with classes being done virtually, there will be no televisions wheeled in to excite the students. But I have a plan in the works that will solve all those issues.

For starters, NASA wants to ensure educators can engage their students as much as possible. This is why they are inviting all K-12 teachers (including parents who are homeschooling) to join a free webinar happening tomorrow evening.

This second in a series of four webinars will focus on the design, development and testing of SpaceX flight hardware destined to make history by launching the first crewed spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center since 2011.

It starts at 4pm MST and will be led by Dr. Samuel García Jr. who serves as a NASA Educator Professional Development Specialist, Assistant Professor of Practice for the LBJ Institute for Education and Research.

Dr. García helps facilitate professional development to both formal and informal STEM educators utilizing NASA resources and works with faculty serving in Minority Serving Institutions in developing STEM educational tools and resources for teachers to implement in their classrooms. Anyone interested in this free webinar can register here.

Another cool thing NASA has available for everyone right now is the Commercial Crew Program VR 360 Tour of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. This YouTube video is versatile and allows the viewer to use their mouse (or finger on mobile devices) to move around for a total of 360 degrees so they can feel as if they are really there.

You can check that out here, along with other 360 videos from NASA, including the launch pad.

Don’t for get to have your STEM Social Cheat Sheet handy. As I mentioned in my last article, you can find tons of great information on the spacecraft, crew, and instructions on how to build your own Eggstronaut Parachute.

Challenge your kids, siblings, or friends online to see whose design is the best! If you haven’t gotten your copy downloaded yet, what are you waiting for?

If going outside in this heat is not your thing, you can test your skills at docking the Crew Dragon spacecraft with the ISS online. So far, I can attest that I am a superior pilot versus our Editor-in-Chief, Chris Babcock. Test your skill against your family here.

As we get closer, I will have more webinars, activities, and a special surprise on the actual day of the launch.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at lunapoetic@gmail.com, or check out my Facebook Page to submit your questions there.

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Amy’s Everyday Astronomy: Get ready for SpaceX’s Demo 2 Launch

While much of America is still under some type of quarantine, history is about to made in a big way.

No, I’m not talking about the pandemic. I’m talking about the much anticipated, upcoming launch of American astronauts from American soil. A feat that hasn’t been accomplished since the last space shuttle mission in 2011.

Back in 2014, NASA awarded commercial crew transportation ability to both SpaceX and Boeing. Since then, NASA has been working with the American aerospace industry as these companies develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft.

We’ve seen this firsthand as SpaceX’s Falcon rocket has tested numerous times and now, they are finally ready to take a crew of astronauts up to the ISS.

This is especially important now that the pandemic has forced travel restrictions, making it impossible to have American astronauts catch rides on the Soyuz as they’ve done in the past.

On May 27th, SpaceX’s Demo 2 will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Obviously, there will be no crowds allowed out there for the launch, but not to worry. I will have all the resources available for you here.

To start things off for this historic launch, I want to invite all educators, parents, and students interested in careers in STEM to join NASA for a free webinar Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 2:30pm MST.

This is the first in a series of four free webinars that will be focused explanations that engage audiences and highlight the science, technology, engineering, mathematics content and processes involved in designing, planning, testing, and launching a human crew in assessment of spaceflight launch capabilities in conjunction with the DM2 launch.

In this introduction NASA will focus on STEM career connections.

With information on the CCP Mission and the NASA/SpaceX Partnership, it’ll be hosted by Steven. He’s a NASA STEM EPDC (Educator Professional Development Collaborative) Specialist housed in the LBJ Institute of STEM Education and Research at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Anyone interested can register for the free webinar here

You can also learn more about the Demo 2 launch and crew with this handy STEM Social Cheat Sheet. Download it for free here.  Inside, you will find hyperlinks to a ton of information about this upcoming launch.

Stay up to date on launch activities right here in the El Paso Herald Post. I promise that there will be much more to share with you as the big day approaches.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at lunapoetic@gmail.com, or check out my Facebook Page to submit your questions there.

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