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Spaceward Bound
05.09.07
 
Overview:

Spaceward Bound is an educational program organized at NASA Ames in partnership with The Mars Society, and funded by the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. The focus of Spaceward Bound is to train the next generation of space explorers by having students and teachers participate in the exploration of scientifically interesting but remote and extreme environments on Earth as analogs for human exploration of the moon and Mars. 2006 was the first year of the program.

http://quest.nasa.gov/projects/spacewardbound/

In March 2007, NASA scientists and teachers stepped back in time as they investigated the Mojave Desert to study the unique geologic formations and the supremely adapted microbes that call it home.

The search for these extremophiles was one component of a five-day science research expedition by NASA scientists and 40 teachers as part of the Spaceward Bound project at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Leading the expedition was Chris McKay, a NASA Ames planetary scientist with extensive experience in field work in extreme environments.

Media contact:

Jonas Dino
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650-604-5612
Email: jdino@mail.arc.nasa.gov

Key Mission People
Chris McKay, scientist, NASA Ames Research Center.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/research/2006/mckay.html



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General information, Spaceward Bound –
Spaceward Bound is an educational program organized at NASA Ames in partnership with The Mars Society, and funded by the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. The focus of Spaceward Bound is to train the next generation of space explorers by having students and teachers participate in the exploration of scientifically interesting but remote and extreme environments on Earth as analogs for human exploration of the moon and Mars. 2006 was the first year of the program.
http://quest.nasa.gov/projects/spacewardbound

March 23, 2007
NASA Spaceward Bound Scientists and Teachers Study the Mojave --
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - NASA scientists and teachers will step back in time as they investigate the Mojave Desert to study the unique geologic formations and the supremely adapted microbes that call it home.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/news/releases/2007/07_15AR.html

March 21, 2007
RELEASE: 07_13AR
NASA Scientists and Teachers to Study Mars in the Mojave Desert --
. . . .On March 25-30, 2007, NASA's Spaceward Bound project at the agency's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., will take a team of NASA scientists and 40 teachers from throughout the country to study the unique geologic formations of California's Mojave Desert and the supremely adapted microbes that call it home.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/news/releases/2007/07_13AR.html

Dec. 14, 2006
A Real Mars Research Mission on Earth
Cramped quarters, stuffy space suits, long working hours and hard research are what 24 intrepid explorers expect in the high deserts of Utah. From late Nov. 2006 through Jan. 2007, crewmembers conducted four two-week training and research expeditions at the Mars Desert Research Station as part of NASA's Spaceward Bound project.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/education/2006/mdrs.html

Spaceward Bound, Planning Analog Field Research Expeditions --
http://quest.nasa.gov/projects/spacewardbound/archives.html

June 20, 2006
RELEASE: 06_41AR
NASA Sends Explorer School Teachers 'Spaceward Bound' --
NASA is taking teachers to a barren desert in Chile to help inspire the next generation of explorers. The expedition is part of the Spaceward Bound pilot program, which challenges teachers to design and implement real field research.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/news/releases/2006/06_41AR.html