As of the 26th September 2012 the VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize is open to Australian Honours and 4th year project submissions!
This is the fourth annual VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize, previous Space Prize winners included Elizabeth Blaber, a Biologist from UNSW, Emily Bathgate, a Geologist from University of Technology Sydney and Lyle Roberts, an Engineer from ANU! The quality of submissions in past years has been very high and we are excited to see what this year's Honors and 4th year students have been working on.
The VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize offers an Australian university student the opportunity to attend the NASA Academy programs at NASA Ames Research Center, and work with a lead scientist or engineer on a current NASA project. The NASA Academy is an intensive select entry program that provides recent graduates with access to advanced science and engineering R&D, and an awareness of the complex managerial, political, financial, social, and human issues faced by the current and future aerospace programs.
Through the awarding of this prize, an Australian university student will:
The prize includes:
Please visit the VSSEC website http://www.vssec.vic.edu.au/tertiary/vssec-nasa-australian-space-prize/ for more information including competition guidelines and submission instructions. Submissions for the Space Prize close midnight on the 3rd of December 2012. Good Luck!
Come and hear young scientists reveal their discoveries at a free one-hour forum for secondary school students at Melbourne Museum on Thursday 18 October.
Where: Melbourne Museum Theatre, Melbourne Museum
When: Thursday 18 October 2012 10-11am and 11:30–12:30pm
Cost: The Fresh Science forums are free, but bookings essential.
For bookings, contact the Melbourne Museum:
Year 7 to 11 students from around Australia have the chance to present their work at the 2012 Australian Institute of Physics Congress in Sydney on the final day of the congress, 13th December.
In 2013, Zonta International are offering 35 Fellowships for women pursuing aerospace-related sciences and aerospace engineering.
The Fellowships memorialize famed air pioneer and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, who disappeared over the Pacific in 1937. By remembering Amelia Earhart through this fellowship, Zonta International encourages and supports women to expand their horizons by pursuing aerospace-related sciences and aerospace engineering. There have been 1,368 Amelia Earhart Fellowships totaling over US$8 million awarded to 959 fellows worldwide. It is anticipated that 35 Fellowships will be awarded in 2013.
Women of any nationality are eligible. To apply for the fellowship, you must meet the following minimum requirements:
1. Be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program in a qualifying area of science or engineering closely related to advanced studies in aerospace-related science or aerospace-related engineering. A letter of acceptance or verification of enrollment must be submitted with the application.
2. Demonstrate a superior academic record at a recognized university or college with accredited courses in aerospace-related studies as verified by official transcripts and recommendations. In programs where graduate transcripts are not provided as a matter of institution policy, please provide a statement of that policy from the registrar or other school official. Please note that electronic transcripts will not be accepted.
3. Provide evidence of a well-defined research program in aerospace-related science or aerospace-related engineering as described in the application essay (in general scientific terms), the academic documents and publications.
4. Clearly demonstrate the relationship of the research to aerospace and furnish verification of research program through at least one of the reference letters required with the application [i.e. research supervisor or advisor must be one of the referees].
Applicant must be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctorate program when funds are received in September and will not graduate before April 2014.
The application can also be downloaded from Zonta International. The application, recommendations, official transcripts, and verification of enrollment for 2013 Amelia Earhart Fellowships must be received or post-marked by 15 November 2012 to be considered.
At 3:31pm AEST NASA's Curiosity Rover touched down on the surface of Mars!
|After a breathless 7 minutes and 45 seconds, signal came back from Curiosity confirming that not only had she survived her Entry Descent Landing (EDL), but had landed exactly where she was supposed to. Landing Curiosity (or MSL) was no small feat: the landing sequence required six vehicle configurations, an enormous supersonic parachute, 76 pyrotechnic devices and over half a million lines of code.At each stage of the Landing sequence Curiosity emitted a tone that could be read by the team at Pasadena indicating successful transition to the next stage. While telemetry was a little slow coming online it eventually did start to return information - much to everyone's relief! 4 minutes 35 seconds after receiving telemetry the supersonic parachute was successfully deployed, then 1 minute and 25 seconds later was jettisoned and the Rover then shifted from stowed flight configuration (all folded up in the descent module) to landing configuration (wheels deployed for landing as the Sky Crane began to lower it down. 32 seconds after Sky Crane began the lowering sequence Curiosity successfully touched down!|
The very first image Curiosity sent back to an
ecstatic Mission Control at JPL
|Congratulations to the NASA MSL team for a stupendous job and good luck to Curiosity as she embarks on her exploration of Gale Crater.|
|Curiosity'sheat shield as seen|
by the Descent Imager.
|Curiosity's supersonic parachute|
spotted by Mars Reconnaissance
|Looking toward Mt Sharp.|
Curiosity's mission objective:
to look at the layers in the
mountain and look for evidence
of potential habitation.
|Curiosity's first colour image.|
Looking over the wall of Gale
Crater, to the north of the
Would you like to drive your own Mars rover?
|Meet MASL (Mars Autonomous Science Laboratory), the world's only 'Mars' rover made exclusively for secondary education. The MASL program is designed for year 9 and 10 students, taking them behind the scenes of an unmanned mission where they take on the roles of mission controllers and guide the MASLrover on it's mission exploring the Red Planet.This mission can be carried out in your own school or in our Centre. Students coming to the Centre will undertake a full day program including Mission Training, Laboratory Experiments and of course, driving MASL.Students undertaking the MASL mission will choose the landing site of their Rover via site selection, where they will study the 'final four' potential sites and make their case for the best landing site. As students wait for MASL to land on Mars they will choose and qualify for a Mission Control role, then use their knowledge and skills to unlock Mar's secrets.|
The finalists for the 2nd Mission Idea Contest have been announced. Finalist receive funding to present their concepts at the UN/Japan Nanosatellites Conference in Nagoya, Japan 10th - 13th October, 2012. Congratulations to all the finalists and to the Australians who submitted applications. Final results will be announces in October.
Category 1: Mission Idea and Satellite Design
University of Alberta
University of Bologna - Second Faculty of Engineering - Space Robotic Laboratory
ADR Mission with small Satellite
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SOLARA/SARA: Solar Observing Low-frequency Array for Radio Astronomy/Separated Antennas Reconfigurable Array
Tokyo Gakugei University and Keio University
Project of Micro-Satellite Constellation for Earthquake Precursor Study
University of Stellenbosch
The OuterNet: A novel satellite communication relay constellation
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
SWIMS - Short Wave Infrared Maritime Surveillance
Nanyang Technological University
Nano-satellite constellation collecting global pre-earthquake signals for space-borne early earthquake detection
Space Systems Dynamics Laboratory, Kyushu University
IDEA(In-situ Debris Environment Awareness)
Dirk Van Merode
Lessius University College
LeSTAR ; Lessius Satellite for Teaching and Autonomous Research
ETSIA Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
ASAT. "Ad Solis, Ad Terram"
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski," member of CASTRA
Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency
Laser-Assisted Rain Control Constellation
United States Air Force Academy
Orbital Debris Mitigation
Cape Peninsula Univeresity of Technology
Underground and surface water detection and monitoring using a microsatellite.
University of Philippines
Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing Using Nano-Satellites for Multiple Environmental Applications
Global Tracking System
Manipal Institute of Technology
Commercializing Weather Prediction
Kyushu Institute of Technology
Integrated Rescue Service Satellite (IRS-Sat)
University of Monastir
Satellite real time monitoring of water flood and quality in Tunisia
AIAA Regional Student Conference Call for Papers Open
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) sponsors student conferences in each AIAA Region as a means to encourage students in aerospace related fields to discuss research, exchange knowledge, and generate interest in the field of aerospace engineering.
The 2012 conference will be held at the University of Adelaide 26th - 27th November. Students who are unable to present their paper in person have the opportunity to present their paper via video link. You must inform the conference organisers in advance if you want to make use of this option.
The AIAA Australian Regional Student Conference is an undergraduate competition with the following prizes sponsored by AIAA:
First place: $500 (USD) and a trip to the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit January 2012, Nashville, TN USA (for one author)
Second Place: $300 (USD)
Third Place: $250 (USD)
Abstracts due: 26th October 2012
Papers due: 26th October 2012
Registration deadline: 26th October 2012
Conference date: 26th - 27th November 2012
Registrations for August Event Close 27th July
I'm a Scientist Get me Out of Here is on again! The allocation of scientists and schools for the next event which runs from 27th August - 7th September is in the final stages. This event will include a General zone, a Disease zone and an Agriculture zone. There's only two more days for schools to sign up and there are only a few spots available!
Registrations close Friday 27th July.
The Australian Innovation Challenge awards 2012 are now open for submissions. You can enter whether you’re a professional scientist or engineer, an educator or a creative genius inventing in your shed. Submit your innovation for an opportunity to be recognised in the nation’s leading newspaper and website, and for an opportunity to win a share of $70,000 in prize money.
Entries close August 12, 2012, so enter now* to inspire, invent and create. Visit the Innovation Challenge website for more information, guidelines and on-line submissions.
Professional categories (1–7)
1. Environment (Prize $5,000)
The environment category covers innovation, including clean energy technology, to help Australia reduce its carbon footprint and adapt to natural climate variability and global climate change. It also covers technology tackling problems in pollution control, biodiversity conservation, land degradation, and water conservation and quality. It includes breakthroughs in enabling technology such as nanotechnology and biotechnology.
2. Health (Prize $5,000)
The health category covers innovation in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, and in the improvement of Australians’ quality of life through good health. It includes breakthroughs in genetics, genomics, proteomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology, and the development of new drugs and medical devices.
3. Agriculture and food (Prize $5,000)
The agriculture and food category covers breakthroughs in food production and processing and in ways to safeguard the industry from invasive pests and exotic plant and animal diseases. It also covers biotechnology and nanotechnology.
4. Minerals and energy (Prize $5,000)
The minerals and energy category covers innovation in minerals and energy exploration, extraction and processing. It includes advances in biotechnology and nanotechnology.
5. Manufacturing and hi-tech design (Prize $5,000)
The manufacturing and high-tech design category covers innovation with the potential to make Australia’s manufacturing sector more efficient and competitive, to transform existing industries and to stimulate the creation of new industries and products. It also covers high-tech designs, either taken up in Australia or exported. It includes breakthroughs in textiles and in enabling technology such as nanotechnology and advanced materials.
6. ICT (Prize $5,000)
The ICT category covers innovation in digital technology, including systems with the potential to transform sectors such as data processing, communications, health, commerce, manufacturing and environmental protection.
7. Education (Prize $5,000)
The education category covers advances promising to strengthen Australia’s skills base, to ensure equity in education and to consolidate our position in the global education market. It includes new technology in teaching and learning.
Overall winner (Prize $25,000)
8. Backyard Innovation (Prize $10,000)
The backyard innovation category covers inventions by the general public that are not yet on the market but are at an advanced stage, with a prototype, if relevant. It includes inventions with the potential to make a difference to our lifestyles, environment, work and play, ranging from better domestic appliances to clever agricultural or construction technology.
Swinburne University Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
Join your host, Dr Christopher Fluke and astronomers from Swinburne's Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing in a fun evening as they as they take stock of the State of the Universe after another big year for astronomy.
We've seen the last transit of Venus until 2117, celebrated Australia's role in the Nobel Prize in Physics, and heard where the Square Kilometre Array will be built. You can be sure they will be discussing some Dark Matters with plenty of Dark Energy – with prizes to give away!
Just how many new discoveries can they fit into one evening?
When: Monday 13 Aug 2012 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Advanced Technologies Centre, 427- 451 Burwood Road (corner of John St)
Cost: Free (Registration is essential. Please use the online form)
Are you student’s curious about the latest earthquake in the news?
Would you like your school to be part of a national geoscience experiment?
The Australian Seismometers in Schools (AuSiS) project has 40 seismometers to place in schools around Australia. Students will look after the seismometer, which will monitor and record seismic data. This data can then be used by geoscientists, as well as accessed by other schools. Follow the progress of the project on their Facebook page
If you would like your school to participate, you can fill out an Expression of Interest form at the AuSiS website.
Would young people learn science better if it were packaged in a videogame?
That's the question at the heart of the Selene project. Originally funded by NASA and now carried on through a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation, Selene studies videogame learning and the ways researchers can assess how effectively that learning takes place.
The Center for Educational Technologies® at Wheeling Jesuit University created the Selene online game to see how organizations like NASA could best use videogames to introduce important science concepts.
Named after the Greek lunar goddess, Selene challenges players to learn the major geologic processes scientists believe formed the modern Moon. Players create their own moon and then pepper it with impact craters and flood it with lava. It's a great opportunity for students to learn about lunar geology while helping researchers study some key videogame design principles.
The Center for Educational Technologies produced Selene to conduct its research. If you're a student between the ages of 9-18, they'd love to have you play. The game takes about an hour to complete, but you can spend more time after checking out Selene's various resources about the Moon. To play, though, you have to be enrolled by an adult recruiter to ensure parent/guardian consent for your participation.