[Surfnetkids: 08 Feb 2012] Project Mercury

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#1. February 8, 2012

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Whew! I seem to work best under the pressure of a deadline. How about you?

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we finally got a big batch of printable Valentine’s Day cards posted online. These original cards (fresh from our designer’s studio) are available in both color-it-yourself and full color styles. They all print on regular size printer paper, and then you fold them twice to make a card that opens in the usual way.

Here’s the link:


Let me know what you think. Do you like these? Want more more printable cards for various happy occasions and holidays? Let me know by posting a comment here:


See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Project Mercury

by Barbara J. Feldman

Project Mercury Printable (** for premium members only)

Project Mercury (1959 – 1963) was the first manned American spaceflight program . With the success of its Mercury-Atlas 6 flight on February 20, 1962, the project achieved its goal of putting an American astronaut (John Glenn) into orbit around the earth. Project Mercury took place at the height of the international space race, and was an important component of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the Western world.

The Atlantic: The Historic Flight of Mercury 6
See what the Mercury spaceflight program looked like by scrolling through this huge collection of large high-resolution full-color and black-and-white photographs from the Atlantic magazine. With most of the photos coming directly from NASA and the Associated Press, this article is a time capsule allowing you to travel back in time to the start of the space program. “After being postponed ten times, the launch [of Mercury-Atlas 6] finally boosted Glenn into space, where he made three successful orbits at 17,400 miles per hour, returning safely home to a national celebration.”

NASA: Kennedy Space Center: Mercury
The Kennedy Space Center has been the launch site of all human-manned space flights since 1968, so it is one of the best sources of information on manned space flights, including the very first ones launched as part of Project Mercury. The goals, objectives, and guidelines of the project are clearly laid out: “To orbit a manned spacecraft around Earth; to investigate man’s ability to function in space; [and] to recover both man and spacecraft safely.” These, plus information about astronaut selection, are all explored in detail.

NASA: Mercury
February 20, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the successful Mercury-Atlas 6 flight. Although this NASA site was built five years ago (in celebration of the 45th anniversary) these resources are all still relevant. They include videos, interviews, and photo slideshows in addition to articles, and the original 1960’s press releases. Best clicks include the multimedia Americans in Orbit, and History of Human Space Flight.

… Click to continue Project Mercury .

#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …

Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:

Project Mercury Printable

Project Mercury Wikipedia Printable
Space Shuttle Printable

Hubble Space Telescope Printable

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#4. Related Games

Space Games

Space Jokes

Space Coloring Pages

#5. Surfing the Calendar

Winter Olympic Games 2002 Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 8, 2002

Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley’s Birthday
Feb 9, 1865

National Weather Service Established
Feb 9, 1870

IBM Computer Beats Kasparov at Chess
Feb 10, 1996

Winter Olympic Games 2006, Torino, Italy
Feb 10-26, 2006

SAT Registration Deadline
Feb 10, 2012

French and Indian War Ends
Feb 10, 1763

Thomas Edison’s Birthday
Feb 11, 1847

National Inventors Day
Feb 11, 2012

Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010
Feb 12-28, 2010

Ferris Wheel Day (George Ferris’ Birthday)
Feb 14, 1859

Anniversary of ENIAC
Feb 14, 1946

Valentine’s Day Poems
Feb 14, 2012

Valentine’s Day Crafts
Feb 14, 2012

Valentine’s Day Jigsaw Puzzle
Feb 14, 2012

Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages
Feb 14, 2012

Galileo Galilei’s Birthday
Feb 15, 1564

Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday
Feb 15, 1820

#6. Quote of the Week

“How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 – and half the things he knows at 40 hadn’t been discovered when he was 20?” ~~ Arthur C. Clarke ~~ (born 16 December 1917) British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist. Click here for more experience quotes.

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