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Alaskan High Schoolers Help Nasa Record, Share 'Earth Music'
02.24.05
 
Steve Roy
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)
Photo release: 05-021


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The aurora borealis, or "northern lights" -- captured here by Space Shuttle Endeavor astronauts in 1992 -- emits strong radio waves that can be translated into audible sound when channeled through very-low-frequency radio receivers. Dr. Curt Szuberla, a math teacher at North Pole High School in North Pole, Alaska, and a student team of aspiring engineers braved the elements this winter to build and install a VLF receiver that will enable NASA to continuously Web-stream the “Earth music” of the aurora and other natural phenomena. The project is part of a new NASA education initiative designed to excite students about space research and interest them in pursuing careers in math, engineering and the sciences. A pilot program will start during the fall 2005 school term. (Photo: NASA/MSFC)


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Student engineers at North Pole High School in North Pole, Alaska, run diagnostic tests on a radio receiver they installed on their school roof in January. Their work will enable NASA scientists at the National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville, Ala., to stream audible "Earth music" emitted by the aurora borealis and other natural phenomena across the Internet. Lightning strikes, the aurora and other atmospheric activity emits strong radio waves that can be translated into audible sound when channeled through very-low-frequency receivers. The project is part of a new NASA education initiative designed to excite students about space research and interest them in pursuing careers in math, engineering and the sciences. A pilot program will start during the fall 2005 school term. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Curt Szuberla)

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