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NASA Invites Young Students to a Free Afternoon of Fun and Learning About the Glory Satellite
GREENBELT, Md. -- Do you have elementary school students? If you answered "yes," visit NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center’s Visitor Center on Sunday, November 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST for a free afternoon of eye-opening, hands-on activities exploring the Glory spacecraft!

Glory, set to launch in early 2011, will study aerosols (tiny particles in the atmosphere) that affect Earth's climate. While scientists have an understanding about how greenhouse gases affect our atmosphere, little is known about how the sun and aerosols affect it.

Studying the energy from the sun to Earth is important because it affects Earth's climate. Some of the energy is bounced off Earth's atmosphere while some is absorbed into it. Aerosols are important to study, too, because some reflect sunlight and heat away from Earth, while others absorb it. Aerosols are particles such as dust, sea salt, and black carbon or soot.

The two main instruments on the Glory satellite will measure aerosols and give scientists an understanding of climate change in different regions on Earth.

To give students a feel for Glory, they will be able to create a satellite in a hands-on activity using cookies. Children can also participate in coloring activities. In addition, parents and children alike can enjoy hearing a guest speaker talk about what Glory is going to explore, and then see eye-opening presentations on the Visitor Center's "Science On a Sphere" globe.

The Sunday Experiment, held the third Sunday of each month from September through May, features activities showcasing Goddard's world-renowned science and engineering research and technological developments. Families leave inspired by the hands-on activities, wowed by the scientists and engineers and excited about Goddard’s revolutionary research and technology.

"The Sunday Experiment is a place where children and adults alike can discover the excitement of Goddard through fun and easy hands-on activities," said Emilie Drobnes, founder of Sunday Experiment. "You get to act like scientists and engineers while building all types of little rockets and hover-crafts, designing your own planets and stars, and even trying your hand at being part of the human spaceflight program."

In addition to celebrating all things science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the Sunday Experiment celebrates major science missions that are managed by Goddard and set to launch in the near future.

For more information on the Sunday Experiment, visit Goddard's Visitor Center webpage at:
Goddard Release No. 10-107

Christina Coleman / Maria Acevedo-Rivera
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
301-286-1046 / 301-286-4449 /