OK, so some folks may think I sold out because I am a closet Disney fan. The secret's out- I visit the 'World' about once a year, mostly EPCOT (does that make it better or worse?). Anyway, along with my recent application to be a Solar System Ambassador (jury is still out on that one), I thought this notice from one of my NASA listservs deserved a posting:
NASA Launches New Education Initiatives with Disney's Buzz Lightyear
The 12-inch-tall action figure spent more than 15 months aboard the International Space Station and returned to Earth on Sept. 11. On Friday, Oct. 2, a ticker-tape parade at Walt Disney World's
"Buzz's historic spaceflight is a great example of spreading the excitement of space exploration with students around the world," said Joyce Winterton, NASA's assistant administrator for Education at NASA Headquarters in
NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, the station commander from October 2008 to April 2009, is spending the day at the
Kids in Micro-g Experiment Challenge: Students in the fifth through eighth grades are encouraged to devise experiments to be conducted aboard the space station. The 12 winning experiments will be performed by the end of the school year and videotaped for the winning schools.
For more information about the challenges, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/buzzoniss.
"We can't thank our partners at NASA enough for bringing Buzz Lightyear home from space to his family, friends and fans here at Disney Parks -- after all, this was his dream come true," said Duncan Wardle, vice president of Disney Parks.
NASA Television will air highlights of Finke's meeting with students and the Buzz Lightyear parade. For streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.
For information about other NASA education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education.
For more information about the space station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station.
For more information about the space shuttle, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle.