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A post for Reading Rainbow
My brother and I enjoyed watching Reading Rainbow as kids, so it's a delight for me to have had a guest post published on their blog last week. I wrote for them about how kids (with the help of their parents) can follow the adventure of the Curiosity mission through the release of their raw images.
Reviews of space-themed books for children
It's time for my annual roundup of reviews of space-themed books for children! I have lots of fiction and nonfiction books to recommend, for toddlers to teens.
New opportunity to name an asteroid!
The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) has just announced a new asteroid naming competition, open to anyone, so if you've ever wanted to name an asteroid, now's your chance.
Book review: LEGO Space: Building the Future
This book is so great. I cannot imagine how many hours of happy building went into the development of the various LEGO ships and space bases included in this book, but I wish I could have participated.
Good morning, Moon
What a happy way to start the week: a new video for Marian Call's astronaut wakeup song,
How I Gave My Preschool Class Mars Fever
It all started when we read a book called, There's Nothing to Do on Mars, by Chris Gall. And then something wonderful happened.
Women scientists: Tell Your Story and Inspire Others in Astronomy
Women Rock Science is working with the Knowledge Observatory to create an interactive display of women in astronomy from all over the world for an upcoming science festival.
Return of the Pale Blue Dot
You can be part of a planetwide group photo as Cassini and MESSENGER turn their cameras Earthward on July 19.
Woohoo! The LEGO Curiosity rover is going to be a kit!
The awesome LEGO Curiosity rover designed by Stephen Pakbaz is going to go into production!
Friday fun: Every moon in the solar system in an homage to Tom Lehrer
A girl named Hope Johnson performing an homage to Tom Lehrer's
Connecting scientist mentors with students who have the desire to learn
Caleph Wilson provides examples and guidance to scientists wishing to mentor students in science, technology, engineering, and math outreach programs.
New Contest: Name the Moons of Pluto!
The discoverers of Pluto's fourth and fifth moons are inviting the public to vote on (and write in candidates for) their formal names. Voting closes in two weeks.
More recommended nonfiction and activity space books for children
My final set of reviews of children's books for 2012: five recommended nonfiction books for a range of ages.
Reviews of nonfiction book series for children
Here are four recommended space nonfiction book series that would make excellent additions to any children's library.
A spectacular calendar for 2013
Steve Cariddi's Year in Space wall calendar crams an incredible variety of information into a beautiful, large wall calendar that is great for grownups, kids, or classrooms.
Reviews of space-themed story books for children
In an annual tradition, I review eight children's story books with planetary and astronomy themes. Favorites include Pieces of Another World by Mara Rockliff and Solar System Forecast by Kelly Kizer Whitt.
Your Place In Space: On the Road at Homestead National Monument
Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye took the stage at Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska to talk about sustainability and
VIDEOS: Nye & Teens in Space as Curiosity Lands in Hi-Def!
Losing your enthusiasm for space exploration and science Watch these new and terrific videos for an exhilarating shot of Vitamin S.
Name That Asteroid!
OSIRIS-REx is will return a piece of the ancient asteroid 1999 RQ36, and it's up to you to come up with a name.
An amazing LEGO model of Curiosity
A petite model of Curiosity in LEGO accurately represents many of its features and functions.