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Learning about the moon

I keep humming that REM song about a man on the moon. Can't remember the exact words, but if you like REM, you know the song.

Ever since the shuttle Columbia exploded over North Texas in 2003, I have been signed up to get automatic news digests from NASA regarding what is going on with the space program. It is pretty cool, even though I feel like a giant nerd because I know when the guys on the space station are doing special space walks, etc.  It is pretty cool, though.

This evening I finally got around to reading emails from the past few days and saw the following information and thought this is too damn cool.

Media may watch as 30 teachers, including five from a Houston school, learn how to handle moon rocks in their classrooms at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29, as part of a week-long NASA Explorer Schools Program workshop.
The teachers will earn lunar certificates that will allow them to handle encased lunar samples in their classrooms as they conduct science lessons during the coming year. To attend the teachers' Lunar and Meteorite Certification for interview and photo opportunities, contact the JSC Newsroom, 281/483-5111, by noon on Thursday, July 29.
NASA's Explorer Schools Program brings exciting opportunities to educators, administrators, students and families at participating schools by involving them in NASA research, discoveries and missions. This workshop will assist educators in developing a strategic plan to incorporate NASA resources into their classrooms during a three-year partnership with the agency. The goals are to ignite the interest of students in grades four through nine in math and science. Teachers attending represent:
-  James Madison High School, High School for Meteorology, Space and Science, Houston
-  West Ward Elementary, Killeen, Texas
-  G. W. Carver Academy, Waco, Texas
-  Jardine Diversified Leadership and Technology Magnet School, Wichita, Kan.
-  Circle of Nations School, Wahpeton, N.D.
-  Sasakwa in Sasakwa, Okla.
For information about the NASA Explorer Schools Program on the Internet, visit:
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NASA Johnson Space Center Mission Status Reports and other information are available automatically by sending an Internet electronic mail message to  In the body of the message (not the subject line) users should type "subscribe hsfnews" (no quotes).  This will add the e-mail address that sent the subscribe message to the news release distribution list.  The system will reply with a confirmation via e-mail of each subscription.  Once you have subscribed you will receive future news releases via e-mail.

How fun would that be? What a cool teacher to have that you get to actually have a moon rock in your classroom. When I worked for the Killeen Daily Herald, I covered the schools and spent a few days at West Ward Elementary School. That would have been a fun story to cover.


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