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SETI FW: [ASTRO] Announcing Galileo & Cassini Educators' Workshops

Larry Klaes ( )
Thu, 8 Oct 1998 09:31:02 -0400

From: Ron Baalke
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 1998 7:57 PM
Subject: [ASTRO] Announcing Galileo & Cassini Educators' Workshops

Announcing Galileo & Cassini Educators' Workshops

Announcing 2 JPL Educators' Workshops:

Workshop 1 - Galileo: Water in the Solar System
Workshop 2 - Cassini: Navigating a Spacecraft through the Solar System

Dear Educator,

You and members of your staff are invited to attend one or both of the
upcoming free Workshops at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,
California for math and science educators.

* Workshop 1, Galileo: Water in the Solar System [grades K through 12]

On Friday, November 13, 1998, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, you'll
discover the many places in our Solar System where water - the
fundamental basis for sustaining life - is found, and why it's of
interest to study it where it's found out there in space.

Science experts and educators will provide an overview of some of the
major - and surprising - places within our Solar System where water is
not only found, but is amazingly abundant, and what this means to the
exploration of space. Hint: the workshop is sponsored by the Galileo
Project (orbiting Jupiter), the Mars Program, and the Lunar Prospector
Mission (orbiting our moon). Come for an update of what these missions
have discovered about the significance of water, and leave with
demonstrated activities you can use in your classroom.

* Workshop 2, Cassini: Navigating a Spacecraft through the Solar System
[grades 5 through 12]

On Saturday, December 5, 1998, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, discover how
rocketry works and how a spacecraft navigates the Solar System. Also
learn more about the Cassini-Huygens Mission and its exploration of the
planet Saturn.

Just prior to this workshop, the Cassini spacecraft will perform a
"Deep Space Maneuver," on December 3, 1998. Following its first
planetary flyby of Venus (April 1998), Cassini has been heading farther
away from the Sun. The Deep Space Maneuver will turn the spacecraft
back towards the Sun. This will allow Cassini to make flybys of Venus
(June 1999) and Earth (August 1999), thus boosting Cassini's energy and
sending the spacecraft towards Saturn. Scientists and engineers
associated with the program will discuss how navigation techniques and
the spacecraft's onboard rockets are used to send Cassini from Earth to
Saturn. In addition, scientists and engineers will discuss the
spacecraft's suite of instruments and upcoming tests of these science
instruments. Educational materials developed by the program will also
be described.

Because space is limited, pre-registration is required and is limited to
five teachers per school. To register for either Workshop, complete the
enclosed form and return it according to the instructions. Applicants will
be accepted separately on a first-come, first-served basis until each event
is full. Past events have been extremely popular, filling before the due
date, so we anticipate that these will also fill very quickly. We will mail
responses to all registrations we receive by October 23, 1998, informing the
applicant whether s/he has been accepted to either Workshop. Those who are
accepted will receive a confirmation letter for the requested Workshop(s)
(which is required for admission to the Workshop) and directions to JPL.

Please note: This event is intended for educators only; space for students
and family members is not available. We ask that you register only if you
are able to attend the entire event. If you receive this letter but are an
educator at whom these workshops are not aimed, you may attend the Workshop, but please keep in mind that the material presented may not be suitable for use in your classroom.

If you have any questions, please call (818) 393-JOVE (5683), email us at or for Cassini, at, or
visit our World-Wide Web site at or

We look forward to seeing you at JPL!


Cassini and Galileo Educational Outreach Teams


Please respond by October 23, 1998

Registration instructions:

1. Complete the following form -- one person per form.
Don't forget your ZIP code.

2. Submit it by fax to: (818) 354-6256 or by mail to:

Educators' Workshops c/o Valerie Pickett
MS 264-419
Pasadena, CA 91109-8099

3. If you FAX your form and then also mail it, please attach a sticky note
or write in colored ink the following message:

"This form was faxed on _________ (date)."

4. If you have questions about your registration, please call (818)393-5683.
We will do our best to get back to you within 2 business days.

Please understand that we are unable to respond to incomplete forms, forms
mailed to the wrong address, forms that get lost in the mail, forms eaten
by the family pet, etc., etc.

Please indicate the workshop for which you are registering:
[ ] November 13, 1998 - Galileo: Water in the Solar System
[ ] December 5, 1998 - Cassini: Navigating a Spacecraft through the Solar System

Name _______________________________________________________________

Subject(s) you teach __________________________ Grade Level(s) _____________


[ ] Home address
Address________________________________________________ [ ] School address

City/State ______________________________________ ZIP_________________

Daytime Phone______________________ Evening Phone______________________

Email address: _________________________________________________________

Are you able to attend the entire Workshop?
[ ] Yes [ ] No

Did you attend the April 25, 1998 Cassini Educators' Workshop?
[ ] Yes [ ] No

Did you attend the May 5, 1998 Galileo Educators' Workshop?
[ ] Yes [ ] No

Have you attended any other JPL Educators' Workshop?
[ ] Yes [ ] No

If you have attended previous Workshops, in what ways have they been

In what ways could they have been more helpful?

How did what you learned at the Workshop(s) impact your students?

Are there any specific questions you want to see addressed at the Workshop?