THE SOLUTION TO Weekly Challenge 6: Today’s Special in the Cosmic Kitchen is …

 Posted by DrJeff on August 24th, 2009

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This post is a Dr. Jeff’s Weekly Challenge.

 

Welcome humans nice folks. We have assumed you are here for the answer to Weekly Challenge 6. Men in black team #26,342 is therefore now en route to your home. If you don’t know why, before reading any further we recommend (with great strength) that you read Weekly Challenge 6. Our team is rolling (very fast).

 

And now the answer—

 

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Weekly Challenge 6: Twilight Zone, the Missing Episode – “Today’s Special in the Cosmic Kitchen”

 Posted by DrJeff on August 17th, 2009

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This post is a Dr. Jeff’s Weekly Challenge.

 

On a recent tour of CBS, I got separated from my group, got pretty lost, and ended up in a dusty storage room filled with nightmarish props that really creeped me out. In the corner I found an old envelope marked “Rod Serling’ with a script inside. Wow. I decided to turn it into a BotU Weekly Challenge and introduce a new character kinda like, well, me. (It is my Blog.)

 

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Come back Monday, August 24. for the solution to this Weekly Challenge.


Come back Friday, August 21, for a new post “The Scale of the Solar System—A Voyage in Corpus Christi”

 

 

Submitted for your consideration, I invite you to accompany me to a Cosmic Kitchen where each entree is of galactic proportions, and ingredients are folded together with forces both unimaginable and seemingly limitless. As we enter the infinite spaces allocated for baking, a solar-system-sized pasta press has just been loaded with planet Earth, and an ejector plate has been inserted which has but a single hole in the center with an adjustable diameter. Chef Jeff has closed the massive door behind the planet, and now the only way out for Earth is through that small opening—for today’s special in the Cosmic Kitchen is Earth spaghetti.

 

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Commentary on Blue-Ribbon Panel Exploring NASA’s Strategic Options for Human Space Flight

 Posted by DrJeff on August 13th, 2009

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This post is a Dr. Jeff Speaks Out and a Teachable Moment in the News.

This is crossposted at the Huffington Post HERE.

 

Should humans next travel to Moon, Mars, or …

 

The blue-ribbon panel tasked by the White House with reviewing NASA’s current strategic plans for human space flight, and exploring other options, wraps up deliberations this week. They’ve been at it just 2 months, and this Friday (August 14) Norman Augustine, the panel’s chair, presents the list of options to new NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and WH science and technology advisor John Holdren. I thought I’d weigh in.

 

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The Milky Way: Our City of Stars

 Posted by DrJeff on August 10th, 2009

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This post is a Dr. Jeff’s Jeffism.

 

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Come back Thursday August 13, for my take on the White House blue-ribbon panel looking at the future of NASA’s human space flight program.


Come back Monday, August 17, Rod Serling will be posting here on BotU: “Weekly Challenge 6: Today’s Special in the Cosmic Kitchen is …”

 

 

There’s no sight like the sky on a cloudless night far from city lights. The heavens filled with seemingly countless stars is overwhelming. At those moments, I cannot help but wonder if on a planet orbiting that star over there might be someone also looking heavenward, and in their sky is our Sun as one star among many. It touches the depths of one’s soul to look up into the night sky and wonder who might be staring back.

 

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THE SOLUTION TO Weekly Challenge 5: Dr. Jeff’s Interplanetary Travel Agency

 Posted by DrJeff on August 7th, 2009

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This post is a Dr. Jeff’s Weekly Challenge.

 

Nice to see you again! Now that you’re back from your interplanetary romp through the Solar System, let’s see those cool photographs you took for the Dr. Jeff’s Interplanetary Travel Agency tour brochure.

 

[Hmmm …. silence.] You there?? Earth to my contracted photographer, you seem to be processing all this a bit slowly. I suspect you’re suffering from ‘rocket lag’. It’s perfectly understandable after traveling over 10 billion miles and visiting 7 worlds. I don’t think any photographer has ever been this dedicated. You’re clearly worth more than I’m paying you. So take a load off, and first re-read Weekly Challenge 5 to get back up to speed.

 

And now the answers—


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Blog News August 7, 2009 and an Apology

 Posted by DrJeff on August 7th, 2009

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Blog on the Universe has now been up for nearly 3 months, and a significant amount of content is now on the site, both in the Posts and in the Resource Pages. Feedback has been very positive, which is GREAT!! Without feedback I have no idea if I’m just wasting a lot of time on this blog. So thanks!! And keep providing that feedback, good, bad or ugly. Also, if you are a teacher or a parent, let me know how you’re using the blog or planning on using it with your class or kids. You can contact me HERE, or send me an email at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.

 

I want to apologize for a lack of new posts for 3 weeks. My goal has always been at least 2 posts per week. I’ll be putting up a new post in a few minutes. I’ve also spent the last 3 days writing lots of posts in order to have a backlog.

 

Over the last few weeks I’ve been pretty busy.  Not a great excuse, but wanted to share. On July 18-20, the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, of which I’m Center Director, in concert with the City of Corpus Christi, permanently installed a Voyage scale model Solar System along the Corpus Christi waterfront. It is the fourth Voyage exhibition to install. The first was permanently installed on the National Mall in Washington, DC, in front of the Smithsonian. The other two Voyages are in Houston and Kansas City. The goal is 100 installed around the planet, making this likely the largest space science exhibition project ever undertaken.

 

I traveled to Corpus Christi for the opening, speaking at a VIP breakfast, giving a VIP tour of the exhibition, doing a family program at the wonderful Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, doing a cool program for a large public audience at Flour Bluff High School, speaking to the Texas Governor’s Academy students, and conducting an all day educator workshop for lead science teachers in the Corpus Christi area.  It was a WONDERFUL experience. We’re now building sustainable community-wide programming in space science around the exhibition.

 

Check out the Voyage in Corpus Christi photoalbum on our Facebook page. If you go thru the photos in order, it tells the story of the exhibition from concept, to fabrication, to installation, to opening event programming. Definitely read the captions, they’re funny.

Here’s the URL: http://voyagesolarsystem.org/facebook/cc

 

By the way, if you’d like to explore a Voyage for YOUR community, contact me! In many communities we are able to help with the fundraising by identifying possible funders, and assisting with writing any needed proposals.

 

FYI, I wrote the storyboards for the Voyage exhibit, and together with programs for kids, families and teachers I’ve conducted for many years, I’ve developed a philosophy for science education. This Blog is formally an online extension of that philosophy, and a formal extension to the Voyage National and International Programs overseen by the Center.

 

Ok, I now have 3 weeks of Posts ready to go!  Let folks know Blog on the Universe is back in business!

 

Jeff