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#1. August 15, 2012
Is it rude to stand in a retail store and scan a UPC code with your phone to see what price is at Amazon.com? What if you are looking for online reviews? Does that assuage your guilt? Tell me what you think, by posting a comment on my newest tech blog post: My Favorite Phone Apps.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Mars Curiosity
by Barbara J. Feldman
Mars Curiosity Printable (** for premium members only)
After an eight-month journey, the Mars rover Curiosity landed on the Red Planet on August 6, 2012. Its mission is to explore Martian climate, soil and geology, and to determine if Mars might ever have supported life. Curiosity is roughly the size of a small SUV and is the fourth NASA rover on the planet.
Exploratorium: Return to Mars
Join the Exploratorium for a series of live (and recorded) webcasts about the Mars Science Laboratory mission. There is also a series of articles about Curiosity and its predecessor rovers: Spirit, Opportunity and Sojourner. “With each new Mars mission, NASA has reused technologies and design elements that have worked well in the past. Curiosity has six-wheels, for example, as did the earlier rovers, and a rocker-bogie suspension system that has proven to provide excellent stability and obstacle-climbing ability.”
NASA: Eyes on the Solar System
In this interactive simulation, you can reenact the entry, descent and landing of the Curiosity and “view” where the rover currently is by controlling the date, time, and speed of the simulation. To begin, look for Tours & Features in the upper right-hand corner, and choose Curiosity EDL. In other features, you can fly through the solar system and “explore the cosmos from your computer.”
NASA: Mars Curiosity
Visit this NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory site to answer all your burning questions about Curiosity and the Mars Science Laboratory. How does the Curiosity land? What’s its mission? Send the rover a message, or ask a question of Dr. C, a computerized Mars expert. “Dr. C. is in beta form, which means we’re testing him out… and you can help!” This computerized expert is based on real-life expert Philip R. Christensen, a professor of Geological Science at Arizona State University.
… Click to continue Mars Curiosity .
#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …
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Mars Curiosity Printable
Mars Curiosity Wikipedia Printable
Mars Exploration Printable
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#5. Surfing the Calendar
Completion of Transcontinental U.S. Railway
Aug 15, 1870
Opening of Panama Canal
Aug 15, 1914
Wilbur Wright’s Birthday
Aug 16, 1867
Meriwether Lewis’ Birthday
Aug 18, 1774
Nineteenth Amendment Ratified
Aug 18, 1920
Paula Danziger’s Birthday
Aug 18, 1945
Orville Wright’s Birthday
Aug 19, 1871
National Aviation Day
Aug 19, 2012
Monarch Butterfly Fall Migration Begins
Aug 22, 2012
#6. Quote of the Week
“Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.” ~~ Chinese proverb ~~ Click here for more Chinese Proverbs.
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