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NASA TV's This Week @NASA, March 20
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Two California institutions of higher learning have entered into a partnership with the Ames Research Center. The University of California, Santa Cruz, and Foothill-De Anza Community College will establish a sustainable community for education and research at the NASA Research Park at Moffett Field. The two schools have formed a corporation to lease and build on 75 acres there.

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo: "It’s an extraordinary collaboration; it is many universities, it’s the private sector, and it’s a federal agency. Now, anyone hearing that would say, ‘they could never, ever, ever, come together,’ but they have."

Dr. S .Pete Worden: "One of the problems NASA has is we’re aging, and we need to replace ourselves. and so one of the key things is this will have some people who start right as they enter college to work with us."

Work on the project, which is expected to cost more than $1 billion, could begin in 2013, with initial occupancy two years later.



NASA joined with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Corcoran Gallery to sponsor a special music and arts festival at THEARC in Washington. THEARC is a community center in DC’s Anacostia neighborhood that provides locals with educational, social, cultural and health services.

Edmund Fleet: "NASA’s involvement today is providing us the motivation and the theme for today. We’re combining science and space today and so the pieces which the National Symphony Orchestra are going to be performing are going to be about space, and the art work which the kids from the Corcoran created are about space, and so they just provided us with that muse for today."

NASA provided handouts and information about past and future space exploration.

It also furnished the sea and space imagery used by the NSO in its free family concert called "Sound Science."

Emil de Cou: "NASA sent up a satellite to explore our solar system. It was called Voyager, and Voyager now is the farthest manmade object anywhere in the universe. We’re going to play some music from that golden disc that Voyager now is carrying way out into deep space."

The free event also included a musical “petting zoo” where youngsters could handle and play different instruments, and a painting class, with “space” as its theme.

Software-enabled, battery-powered LEGO® robots built by twelve student teams raced against the clock in the 3rd Annual Southern California NASA Explorer School Robotics Competition. Held at the Jet Propulsion Lab, the competition simulates planetary exploration; the tabletop-size robots were each given two minutes to move rocks and a mini-Quonset hut, place sensors in caves and volcanoes, and rescue a stranded "moon rat," or small robot. This NASA Explorer Schools project aims to get elementary, middle and high schools students interested in math, science, technology and engineering.

And, in another robotics competition, "Lunacy" ruled, as 61 high-school teams from Southern California, Arizona, Brazil and Chile faced off in the Los Angeles regional FIRST Competition. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology is an annual worldwide competition in which students design and build robots from a standardized kit. These are among the 15-hundred teams vying regionally for the right to compete in next month’s FIRST championships in Atlanta.

Antonella Wilby: "I think the camaraderie between the team members is a really good thing because when you have a cohesive team and everyone works together really well it just makes the whole experience a lot more fun."


Kids: "NASA rocks!"

It was a space exploration celebration as big as the Lone Star State itself. NASA’s Space Week Texas 2009 featured out-of-this-world exhibits, educational presentations, astronaut appearances and more. It was held at multiple locations in Austin and College Station, including the Texas Capitol and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Among the highlights: the chance to touch a 3-billion-year-old moon rock.

Visitor: "That was actually on the moon."

And that's This Week At NASA!

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