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Earth & Space Science Explorers

Who are NASA's Earth and Space Science Explorers?

The middle school students who track weather to study its effect on bursting tree buds. And the scientist studying black holes in distant galaxies. But also the teacher whose class shares Earth science data with students around the world. And the engineer who designs robotic instruments to probe hard-to-reach planets. All of these people are Earth Explorers, Space Science Explorers or both. The Earth and Space Science Explorers series features NASA explorers, young and old, with many backgrounds and interests.

Joan Labay-Marquez Portrait07.27.11 - Texas Teacher Brings Astronomy to the Playground
After viewing Hubble images of stars and galaxies, Joan Labay-Marquez’s students create their own planetarium on playground equipment.

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Keith Turner Portrait06.01.11 - Hubble Adds Flair to High School Final Project
Keith Turner's students present their knowledge of constellations on the "big screen" planetarium dome.

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Jacky Byatt Portrait06.01.11 - Houston Teacher Engages Students With Hubble 'Foldables'
Jacky Byatt's students learn about Hubble Space Telescope discoveries using foldable cards and cash register tape.

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Carrie Murray Portrait03.16.11 - Space Camp Alum Uses Hubble to Captivate Students
Carrie Murray's wiki activity increases student understanding of the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Sheree Kearns Portrait02.02.11 - Educator Makes Science Fun With Help From Hubble
Florida educator Sheree¹ Kearns uses computer games to ignite student interest in science.

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Dr. James Portrait11.16.10 - How 'Bob' Became an Astronomy Class's Best Friend
C. Renee James' award-winning lesson plan uses a single Hubble image as the centerpiece of a semester-long course.

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Cindi the space girl10.13.10 - Comic Relief Helps Explain NASA Science
Cindi, a spiky-haired android space girl, helps students visualize a NASA mission that produces no pretty pictures.

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Colorado high school student10.05.10 - Petach's Passion for the Unknown
A Colorado high school student thrives on seeking answers to unanswered questions in Earth and space science.

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For Students: K-4 | 5-8
Amanda Hintz on Kilauea, Hawaii06.22.10 - The Moment a Geologist Was Born
Previously an art major, Amanda Hintz found her true calling on a visit to the world's longest mountain range.

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teachers honored as top stars04.03.10 - Teachers Honored as "Top Stars
The Top Stars contest recognizes inspiring uses of the Hubble Space Telescope in education.

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Making a Splash with Satellite Hydrology03.10.10 - Making a Splash with Satellite Hydrology
Researcher uses NASA satellites to help his home country track water.

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Calandrelli Tells Students to Aim High01.26.10 - Calandrelli Tells Students to Aim High
Emily Calandrelli has floated in zero gravity, traveled to the middle of the desert, searched for the potential for life on Mars and co-authored four published research papers: "Because of engineering, I have been able to experience things I never thought I would be able to do as an undergraduate."

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For more than a decade, NASA education and outreach specialist Maggie10.14.09 - Meet Maggie Masetti
For more than a decade, NASA education and outreach specialist Maggie Masetti has created ways to make teaching and learning science more fun.

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Oceanographer Gene Feldman answers questions about a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands, tells how he first became interested in the oceans, and gives his advice to young scientists.10.08.09 - Oceans: The Great Unknown
Oceanographer Gene Feldman answers questions about a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands, tells how he first became interested in the oceans, and gives his advice to young scientists.

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A scientist-turned-educator leads a NASA team that uses technology to bring science to the classroom.10.08.09 - Delaney's Digital World
A scientist-turned-educator leads a NASA team that uses technology to bring science to the classroom.

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Nearly blind since age 11, Robert Shelton uses sound to make science and math more accessible to the visually impaired.06.19.09 - Helping the Blind to See Science and Math
Nearly blind since age 11, Robert Shelton uses sound to make science and math more accessible to the visually impaired.

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Curious Ed Goes From 04.21.09 - Curious Ed Goes From "Gearhead" to Scientist
A healthy dose of curiosity leads Ed Prather from cars and motorcycles to physics and teaching.

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Lucy McFadden goes on an Antarctic adventure02.24.09 - A Dream Come True
Lucy McFadden goes on an Antarctic adventure.

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Hubble image11.09.08 - The Humans Behind Hubble
Space Science Explorers talks with three people helping NASA return to Hubble.

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CUBAnauts Operation Deep Climb11.04.08 - The Scoop on SCUBAnauts
Operation Deep Climb takes students deep down into the ocean and to the top of a tall mountain.

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Small robot used to study subzero settings from warmer confines.05.13.08 - Robotic Rovers to the Rescue
Derrick Lampkin is designing suitcase-sized machines to help scientists study subzero settings from warmer confines.

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Ambassador for Space Ambassador for Space David DelMonte04.22.08 - Ambassador for Space
Ambassador for Space David DelMonte shares his passion for space exploration.

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Four girls stand with their teacher and hold their award certificates01.03.08 - Snow Day
A science project takes Ohio middle school students to South Africa.

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Phil Christensen stands in front of a rocket09.12.07 - Like Mars, Like Earth
Students help Phil Christensen compare rocks from Earth and Mars.

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Robert Bindschadler08.27.07 - The Chills and Thrills of Ice
Robert Bindschadler enjoys the risks and rewards of visiting the world's coldest climates.

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John Mather stands holding the Nobel Prize05.07.07 - Big-Bang Work Brings Big Prize
Hard work and patience earn John Mather the Nobel Prize, NASA's first.

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Lissa Lyncker stands in knee-deep water as her boat floats in the background05.02.07 - After Katrina, a Story of Survival and Science
Life and science go on in and around Lake Pontchertrain.

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Wanda Diaz helps a student read a book that is written in Braille04.02.07 - Tuning in the Sounds of Space
Radio signals allow astronomy students who are blind to visualize the sun and Jupiter.

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A large black-and-white bird with a red crest on its head clings to the side of a tree12.05.06 The Hunt for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker
A bird's-eye view aids search for a bird once thought extinct.

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President Bush talks with a man in a classroom10.24.06 - Praised by the President
Space Science Explorers learns more about two NASA scientists worthy of presidential praise.

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Picture of a hand pouring water from a glass container into a tray of plants07.27.06 Signs of Science
Sign language, fieldwork and technology help explain Earth to the hard-of-hearing.

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Laurie Leshin in a snowsuit06.08.06 -  Born to Explore
Exploration has always been part of Laurie Leshin's life, even if it hasn't been part of her job title.

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Image showing a region within the Orion constellation04.04.06 -  Going Pro With Spitzer
Teachers and students make the most of access to data usually reserved for professional astronomers.

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Large stone buildings on top of a grassy hill03.30.06 Making Sense of the Mayan Collapse
Remote sensing reveals secrets of the past and prevents mistakes in the present.

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A picture of Albert Einstein is shown in front of a cosmic background12.01.05 - Einstein and Beyond
Science looks back and builds on the 'miracle year' of 1905.

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A painting of wispy clouds in a red, orange and blue sky12.01.05 Masterpiece of the Sky
Both as a scientist and as an artist, Graeme Stephens strives to paint an accurate picture of clouds.

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A diver hovers over a bed of seagrass as she scuba dives near the ocean floor10.06.05 Equal to the Task
In math and science, oceanographer Heidi Dierssen says women are as capable as men.

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Jaime Dyk09.01.05 - Woman and Machine
Cheerleader-turned-scientist Jaime Dyk is one of many human beings behind the Mars robotic rovers.

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Adam Greenbaum sitting at a computer08.18.05 Seeing Green
Students and scientists warm up to studying the cooling effects of green roofs.

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Matthew Richardson08.04.05 - Leading the Way
Thompson Le Blanc and Matthew Richardson are proving space science is for anyone from any background.

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Sean Triplett07.14.05 In the Line of Fire
When it comes to fighting fires, water and manpower are important. But so are satellites and computers.

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Ralph Pass standing next to his telescope06.30.05 - Small Scopes, Big Impact
Small-telescope astronomers proving to be vital resource in comet-crashing mission.

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Picture of Diane Evans sitting on top of a sand dune06.16.05 Bringing Space Down to Earth
Diane Evans works to ensure that space technology also has a role here on Earth.

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A woman and a girl working on a project together05.26.05 - Summer Blast
Girl Scouts at Camp Little Cloud dream big.

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A harp seal05.12.05 Turtles, Dolphins and Seals, Oh My!
Students are hot on the trail of migrating land and marine animals.

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Marilyn Lindstrom studying a piece of meteorite04.28.05 -  Chip off the Old Rock
Marilyn Lindstrom has an out-of-this-world claim to fame.

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Adam Johnson studying the land in Ghana04.07.05 Into Africa
Science and history come together for Coppin State researchers visiting Ghana.

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Lee-Lueng Fu sitting at a computer03.10.05 Judging the Ocean by Its Cover
Satellites have provided NASA's Lee-Lueng Fu an ocean of data to work with.

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Teacher Mr. Moore stands to the left of a student poster project showing various satellite images of different locations as a student stands to the right of the project02.17.05 It Takes a Village
Tomorrow's scientists discover the importance of international cooperation and communication.

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Erica Holloman01.20.05 World of Opportunity
Two young women are finding their places in the science world.

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Students studying their GLOBE cloud charts12.09.04 When Bad Things Happen to Good Students
An Iowa town offers support after vandals damage school's weather equipment and steal the thermometer.

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A 14-year-old blind boy named Steven is digging in a container of soil at the Maryland Science Center11.11.04 Opening Blind Eyes to Science
Blind-friendly tools allow students to explore Earth in nonvisual ways.

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Carlos Del Castillo stands on a boat holding a metal pole over the water10.14.04 The Path That Nearly Wasn't Followed
After conquering seasickness, NASA's Carlos Del Castillo receives presidential award for exploring the oceans.

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Several children gathered around and looking at a large globe09.09.04 Starting Young
Think middle and high school students are too young for serious science? Think again.

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Photograph of Abigail08.05.04 With One Eye on the Sky
Abigail is continuing a family tradition of exploration and discovery.

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Photograph of Dyuti Sengupta using a handheld computer to mark the location of tamarisk08.05.04 A DEVELOPing Story
Students with NASA's DEVELOP program are helping community leaders tackle important environmental problems.

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Photograph of Anne Douglass07.08.04 Meet More Aura Scientists
NASA is set to launch the Aura satellite. Meet more scientists who have made this mission possible.

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Pieternel Levelt riding a bike06.10.04 Meet the EOS Aura Team
NASA's Aura spacecraft is about to lift off. Earth Explorers introduces you to some of the scientists who have made this mission possible.

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Picture of Robbie Hood05.06.04 Flying Through Hurricanes with Robbie Hood
This month's NASA Earth Explorer explains what it's like to be face-to-face with one of nature's most powerful storms.

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Harry Swan sitting at a computer04.08.04 Exploring Earth with EarthKAM
It's true! Student explorers control camera on International Space Station.

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Lauren Banister03.11.04 Women Earth Explorers
Earth Explorers celebrates Women's History Month.

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Marshall Shepherd02.19.04 African American Earth Explorers
A scientist, a college student and middle schoolers share their thoughts on becoming NASA Earth Explorers.

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Picture of Tom Nolan01.22.04 Tom Nolan's Excellent Adventure
Once a dolphin show trainer, Tom Nolan is now a NASA Earth Explorer.

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Gianna D'Emilio and Chris Hanawalt Taking Aerosol Measurements12.18.03 The Globe Program: Science in the Sunshine
A team of students traveled to Croatia to present its findings.

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James Rattling Leaf11.20.03 Native Views from Space
James Rattling Leaf is helping fellow Native Americans become modern-day Earth explorers.

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picture of NSIP winner Earth Explorer Yimin Yao10.16.03 Thacher Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
The NASA Student Involvement Program and the Thacher Scholarship are inspiring a new generation of young explorers.

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