Milpitas Burnett Elementary School Visit


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I had the pleasure of visiting the 5th grade students of William Burnett Elementary School in Milpitas, California. We talked about science, technology, engineering and math and learned about the Sun, Space Weather and the International Space Station. From far away, Astronaut Reid Wiseman was sending his regards to all the students.

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  • This image of the International Space Station and the docked space shuttle Endeavour, flying at an altitude of approximately 220 miles, was taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking on May 23, 2011 (USA time). The pictures are the first taken of a shuttle docked to the International Space Station from the perspective of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Onboard the Soyuz were Russian cosmonaut and Expedition 27 commander Dmitry Kondratyev; Nespoli, a European Space Agency astronaut; and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman. Coleman and Nespoli were both flight engineers. The three landed in Kazakhstan later that day, completing 159 days in space.
  • 149,597,870,700 metres or 92,955,807.273 mi
  • Approx 5 billion years old
  • hydrogen (74%) and helium (about 24%). Astronomers consider anything heavier than helium to be a metal. The remaining amount of the Sun is made of iron, nickel, oxygen, silicon, sulfur, magnesium, carbon, neon, calcium and chromium. In fact, the Sun is 1% oxygen; and everything else comes out of that last 1%.
  • Stellar-mass black hole; more than 10x our Sun Supermassive black hole; more than 1-100 million x our Sun
  • speed of sound, about 330 m/s or 760 mph speed of light, about 299,792,458 m/s or 186,282 mps Sun to Earth 8.3 min Nearest Star to Sun 4.2 years Nearest galaxy to Earth 25,000 years Across the Milky Way 100,000 years
  • Milpitas Burnett Elementary School Visit

    1. 1. The Sun - Scorching Hot but yet so Cool Burnett Elementary, Milpitas October 2012
    2. 2. What is NASA? National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    3. 3. Meet today’s Team
    4. 4. The Sun
    5. 5. Astronaut Reid Wiseman Naval Test Pilot Astronaut Expedition 40 & 41
    6. 6. Astronaut Reid Wiseman
    7. 7. The International Space Station
    8. 8. How big is the ISS?
    9. 9. Why is the ISS important? Home away from Home Research Learning about Spacecraft maintenanceEducation and Outreach across the World
    10. 10. Who is Camilla SDO?
    11. 11. Blast Off – Good-Bye Little SDO
    12. 12. Ready for Science
    13. 13. Where is the Sun?
    14. 14. How Far away is the Sun?
    15. 15. What Color is the Sun?
    16. 16. What Color is the Sun? White Light
    17. 17. White Sun?
    18. 18. How Big is the Sun?Medium star
    19. 19. How old is the Sun?Approx. 5 billion years
    20. 20. What is the Sun made of? Plasma
    21. 21. Does the Sun Rotate? It does – not evenly
    22. 22. Tyler: “How hot is the Sun?” Center: 27 million degrees Fahrenheit Photosphere: 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit Chromosphere: 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit Corona: 1.8 million degrees Fahrenheit
    23. 23. Jarvis: “What happens to things when they get sucked into black holes?” A black hole with all the mass of Earth would be about the size of a fingernail!
    24. 24. Julie “What do you do for NASA?”
    25. 25. Tramy: “Do you know Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins?” Nicholas: “Did Neil leave his boots on the Moon?”
    26. 26. Danny: “Are you the leader of NASA?”Nikkie: “Are you the captain of NASA?” Administrator Charles Bolden 4 Space Flights
    27. 27. Alexa: “Have you guys caught any aliens on tape?”
    28. 28. Johnny: “Can human technology travel outside of the Milky Way Galaxy?”