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Space Science Explorer Series
 
Who are NASA's Space Science Explorers? The scientist studying black holes in distant galaxies. And the engineer designing robotic instruments that will probe hard-to-reach planets. But also the teacher explaining the mysteries of the cosmos to his or her students. And the elementary school student wondering if life exists anywhere besides Earth. All of these people are Space Science Explorers -- they are all connected by their quest to explore and understand our solar system and universe. This series will introduce you to NASA Space Science Explorers, young and old, with a variety of backgrounds and interests.

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Check out the Earth Science Explorers series to learn more about scientists, engineers, educators and students who strive to know more about our home planet.
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Terry Kucera and the sun with a large prominence in the background 05.03.12 - Serendipity and the Sun
NASA solar physicist Terry Kucera's openness to unexpected opportunities has led her to a career studying the sun.
For Educators





Astronaut Piers Sellers spacewalking 04.25.12 - Journeying Between Space and Earth
Former astronaut Piers Sellers has spent his career exploring both Earth and space.
For Educators





Andrew Fraknoi and John Grunsfeld 04.18.12 - From Comic Books to the Classroom
Comic book stories of space exploration inspired Andrew Fraknoi as a child. Today, he shares his love of science and astronomy with others.
For Educators





Artist's concept of the Mars Science Laboratory rover on Mars 04.11.12 - The Quest for Answers
The questions Mehdi Benna asked as a child led him to a career of searching for the answers.
For Educators
For Students:
5-8





Renu Malhotra 03.21.12 - Writing the Story of Planetary Orbits
Renu Malhotra plans to translate her research on planetary orbital mechanics into stories to tell future generations.
For Educators





Tom Woods and a colorful image of the sun 03.14.12 - Discovering a Bigger Picture
Tom Woods is part of a NASA team investigating the sun and global climate change.
For Educators
For Students:
5-8





Saurabh Jha 03.07.12 - Answering the Universe's Big Questions
Saurabh Jha uses NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to help find the most distant supernovas.
For Educators
For Students:
5-8





Charles Keeton 02.15.12 - Sharing a Love of Science
Astrophysicist Charles Keeton shares his enthusiasm about his research on dark matter -- and science in general -- inside and outside the classroom.
For Educators





Candice Hansen 02.08.12 - Overcoming Obstacles on Earth and in Space
Candice Hansen emphasizes the importance of imagination and wonder in science.
For Educators
For Students:
K-4 | 5-8




John Williams 10.19.11 - Using Hubble to Fuse Exploration and Learning
John Williams' two winning entries promote space science learning by encouraging exploration and interaction.
For Educators




Tim Slater, Stephanie Slater and Dan Lyons 10.12.11 - Using Hubble to Engage Students in Scientific Inquiry
Striking images from space expand student understanding and lead to scientific investigation.
For Educators




Joan Labay-Marquez 10.12.11 - Texas Teacher Brings Astronomy to the Playground
After viewing Hubble images of stars and galaxies, Joan Labay-Marquez's students create their own planetarium on playground equipment.
For Educators




AmyJo Proctor, Ron Proctor and Stacy Palen 10.12.11 - A Gold Star Planetarium Show Promotes Learning
With the planetarium show "Expanded View," creators combine education and entertainment to engage students.
For Educators




Andrew Vanden Heuvel 08.10.11 - Hubble Helping Teachers Teach and Students Learn
Andrew Vanden Heuvel's final exam for a high school astronomy course challenges students to convert raw Hubble images into beautiful color pictures.
For Educators




Carrie Murray 03.16.11 - Space Camp Alum Uses Hubble to Captivate Students
Carrie Murray's wiki activity increases student understanding of the Hubble Space Telescope.
For Educators




Sheree' Kearns 02.02.11 - Educator Makes Science Fun With Help From Hubble
Florida educator Sheree' Kearns uses computer games to ignite student interest in science.
For Educators




C. Renee James 11.16.10 - How 'Bob' Became an Astronomy Class's Best Friend
C. Renee James' award-winning lesson plan uses a single Hubble image as the centerpiece of a semester-long course.
For Educators




Cartoon showing Cindi standing on a satellite 10.13.10 - Comic Relief Helps Explain NASA Science
Cindi, a spiky-haired android space girl, helps students visualize a NASA mission that produces no pretty pictures.
For Educators





Emily Calandrelli smiles as she floats aboard an airplane 01.26.10 - Already a Star, Calandrelli Tells Students to Aim High
An accomplished college senior encourages students to pursue majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
For Educators
For Students:
5-8





Maggie Masetti stands next to a model of a telescope 10.14.09 - Meet Maggie Masetti
For more than a decade, NASA education and outreach specialist Maggie Masetti has created ways to make teaching and learning science more fun.
For Educators
For Students:
K-4 | 5-8





Marci Delaney talks with students on a tv screen 10.08.09 - Delaney's Digital World
A scientist-turned-educator leads a NASA team that uses technology to bring science to the classroom.
For Educators
For Students:
5-8





A photo of Ed Prather and a picture of a motocross rider 04.21.09 - Curious Ed Goes From "Gearhead" to Scientist
A healthy dose of curiosity leads Ed Prather from cars and motorcycles to physics and teaching.
For Educators
For Students
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary





Lucy McFadden 02.24.09 - A Dream Come True
Lucy McFadden goes on an Antarctic adventure.
For Educators
For Students:
K-4 | 5-8





Dust and glowing gases with a mass of bright stars 11.09.08 - The Humans Behind Hubble
Space Science Explorers talks with three people helping NASA return to Hubble.
For Educators
For Students
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary





David DelMonte sits at a table 10.10.07 - Ambassador for Space
Ambassador for Space David DelMonte shares his passion for space exploration.
For Educators




Phil Christensen stands in front of a rocket 09.12.07 - Like Mars, Like Earth
Students help Phil Christensen compare rocks from Earth and Mars.
For Educators
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary | Informal
For Students
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary





John Mather stands holding the Nobel Prize 05.07.07 - Big-Bang Work Brings Big Prize
Hard work and patience earn John Mather the Nobel Prize, NASA's first.
For Educators
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary | Informal
For Students
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary





Wanda Diaz helps a student read a book that is written in Braille 04.02.07 - Tuning in the Sounds of Space
Radio signals allow astronomy students who are blind to visualize the sun and Jupiter.
For Educators
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary | Informal
For Students
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary





President Bush talks with a group of people 10.24.06 - Praised by the President
Space Science Explorers learns more about two NASA scientists worthy of presidential praise.
For Educators
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary | Informal
For Students
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary





Laurie Leshin sits next to a meteorite in snowy Antarctica 06.08.06 - Born to Explore
Exploration has always been part of Laurie Leshin's life, even if it hasn't been part of her job title.
For Educators
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary | Informal
For Students
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary





Image showing a region within the Orion constellation 04.04.06 - Going Pro With Spitzer
Teachers and students make the most of access to data usually reserved for professional astronomers.
For Educators
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary | Informal
For Students
5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary





A picture of Albert Einstein is shown in front of a cosmic background 12.01.05 - Einstein and Beyond
Science looks back and builds on the 'miracle year' of 1905.
For Educators
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary | Informal
For Students
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary





Jaime Dyk wears a white lab coat and safety goggles as she sits in front of one of the shells that covers the Mars rovers to protect them 09.01.05 - Woman and Machine
Cheerleader-turned-scientist Jaime Dyk is one of many human beings behind the Mars robotic rovers.
For Educators
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary | Informal
For Students
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary





Matthew Richardson 08.04.05 - Leading the Way
Thompson Le Blanc and Matthew Richardson are proving space science is for anyone from any background.
For Educators
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary | Informal
For Students
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary





Ralph Pass standing next to his telescope 06.30.05 - Small Scopes, Big Impact
Small-telescope astronomers proving to be vital resource in comet-crashing mission.
For Educators
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary | Informal
For Students
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary





A woman and a girl working on a project together 05.26.05 - Summer Blast
Girl Scouts at Camp Little Cloud dream big.
For Educators
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary | Informal
For Students
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary





Marilyn Lindstrom studying a piece of meteorite 04.28.05 - Chip off the Old Rock
Marilyn Lindstrom has an out-of-this-world claim to fame.
For Educators
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary | Informal
For Students
K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | Post Secondary