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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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Four Kirkland students will participate in one of the four Washington Aerospace Scholars summer residency sessions held in June and July at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Washington Aerospace Scholars is a competitive educational program, based at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, for high school juniors from across Washington state.
The Kirkland students who were accepted into the program include Stefan Kutz, Juanita High School; Mark Hedreen and Samuel Pliska, both of Lake Washington High School; and Kirkland resident Gavin Blake, Lakeside High School.
These scholars are among the 160 students who qualified for the Washington Aerospace Scholars summer residency program from 283 students who applied in November. To qualify for the residency program, they spent five months studying a University of Washington and NASA-designed, distance-learning curriculum via the Internet and have been selected to attend one of the four residencies hosted at the Museum of Flight in Seattle this summer based on their academic performance on the distance-learning lessons.
Through a special partnership with the University of Washington, students were also able to register for an optional fee of $237 to earn five University of Washington credits in space and space travel based on their successful completion of the curriculum.
During the residency experience, they will collaborate with the other student participants on the design of a human mission to Mars.
The program is designed to inspire students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) but the students are divided into teams, which also require them to learn about mission management, budgets, the legal aspects of space exploration, and medicine.
All room and board are provided to students free of charge by the Washington Aerospace Scholars Foundation.
Washington Aerospace Scholars will be accepting applications for students and teachers in early September for the 2013-2014 program cycle; visit www.museumofflight.org/was to download an application. Participants must be high school juniors, U.S. citizens and Washington state residents. Teachers must be currently practicing, Washington state certified educators, and must also be U.S. citizens. The deadline for applications is Nov. 8.
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BY JOSH KERNS on May 29, 2013 @ 2:02 pm (Updated: 2:35 pm - 5/29/13 )Planetary Resources announced the Kickstarter campaign at a launch event Wednesday at Seattle's Museum of Flight.A Bellevue company that wants to mine precious metals from asteroids is hoping a new crowdfunding campaign will help pay for an ambitious new space telescope.
The company's founders say the goal is to provide direct access to the new ARKYD space telescope for "students, scientists and a new generation of citizen explorers."
"I've operated rovers and landers on Mars, and now I can share that incredible experience with everyone," said Chris Lewicki, President and Chief Engineer of Planetary Resources.
"People of any age and background will be able to point the telescope outward to investigate our Solar System, deep space, or join us in our study of near-Earth asteroids," he said.
Schools and science museums will get the primary access to the telescope.
While the company has some deep pocketed investors, including Google co-founder Larry Page and CEO Eric Schmidt, Planetary Resources co-founder Eric Andersen said the company decided on the Kickstarter campaign to gauge public interest and get more people to participate in space exploration. And he said the company would invest far more in the project.
"We are willing to do all the design, engineering work and we've put that on the table. But we're not going to build something that people don't want. The only way to prove that it's something people want is to ask for money and set a value on things."
Clearly there's plenty of interest. The Kickstarter campaign raised over $140K in the first several hours. Along with the opportunity to donate time on the telescope, other incentives include "Your Face in Space." For $25 you can upload a picture of your choice to the telescope, snap a photo of it with the Earth in the background and then transmit it back to you for a "space selfie."
"In the last 50 years, space exploration has been led by national governmental agencies with their own set of priorities; and now we're changing the nature of exploration. We're developing the most advanced space technology ever made available to the public," said co-founder Peter Diamandis.