We are asking students, teachers and others to send their creative ideas and STEM & STEAM++ projects to help Puerto Rico keep their lights on and their water clean enough to drink. We invited you to visit our new website and see what we have so far.
Do what you can to keep the conversations and solutions for Puerto Rico going.
How can you help?
Barboza Space Center, Kids Talk Radio Science
*STEAM++ (science, technology, engineering, visual and performing arts, mathematics, computer languages and foreign languages.
Kids Talk Radio Science Helping Puerto Rico
We are calling on students from around the world to help other students in Puerto Rico. We are looking for your creative ideas to make drinking water safe to drink. We are looking to use solar energy to to create light and to charge cell phones.
What other ideas do you have?
Visit the new Puerto Rico Website today and you will see what we are starting to do to help fellow students on the island.
HP & Mars Society Partnering on Mars Home Planet Initiative
Dr. Robert Zubrin to Talk at Inaugural HP Meetup Friday 7pm PDT
Hewlett Packard (HP) and the Mars Society are partnering to bring you the HP Mars Home Planet initiative, a program intended to conceive, plan and ultimately build a virtual colony on the Red Planet that the online public can experience in virtual reality (VR).
HP Mars Home Planet will allow participants to join the virtual mission by designing buildings, transportation, infrastructure, clothing and other related elements needed for a VR human presence on the Martian surface.
HP representatives have described the new effort as “a universe-changing design, architecture, engineering and virtual reality project for the imaginative problem-solvers and technology enthusiasts of tomorrow.”
Dr. Robert Zubrin, President & Founder of the Mars Society, will be one of the primary speakers during the inaugural HP Meetup on Friday, September 29th from 7:00-10:00 pm PDT, and will also serve as one of the judges for HP’s virtual program.
Other participants will include Ryan Holmes, Founder & CEO of SpaceVR, and Sean Young of HP, who will lay out the details of the project, including exactly what the program is looking for and requirements for submission. A panel of scientists and experts will also join the HP Meetup session to discuss plans for Mars exploration.
Those interested in attending the HP Mars Home Planet Meetup in person at HP headquarters (1501 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA) should register at: https://www.meetup.com/Mars-Home-Planet/events/242778501. If you would like to join Friday’s event via live streaming, please visit our web site (www.marssociety.org) or our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheMarsSociety) prior to the scheduled Meetup.
High School students working at the Barboza Space Center are working on growing better plants for Mars. www.BarbozaSpaceCenter.com
We need a test-tube size sample of soil from your country for experiments we will be conducting in July, 2018 in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. We want to collaborate with other high school students from around the world. Our project is the Occupy Mars Learning Adventures.
Contact: Bob Barboza at (562) 221-1780 Cell.
Martian soil is the fine regolith found on the surface of Mars. Its properties can differ significantly from those of terrestrial soil. The term Martian soil typically refers to the finer fraction of regolith. On Earth, the term “soil” usually includes organic content. In contrast, planetary scientists adopt a functional definition of soil to distinguish it from rocks. Rocks generally refer to 10 cm scale and larger materials (e.g., fragments, breccia, and exposed outcrops) with high thermal inertia, with areal fractions consistent with the Viking Infrared Thermal Mapper (IRTM) data, and immobile under current aeolian conditions. Consequently, rocks classify as grains exceeding the size of cobbles on the Wentworth scale.
This approach enables agreement across Martian remote sensing methods that span the electromagnetic spectrum from gamma to radio waves. ‘‘Soil’’ refers to all other, typically unconsolidated, material including those sufficiently fine-grained to be mobilized by wind. Soil consequently encompasses a variety of regolith components identified at landing sites. Typical examples include: bedform armor, clasts, concretions, drift, dust, rocky fragments, and sand. The functional definition reinforces a recently proposed genetic definition of soil on terrestrial bodies (including asteroids and satellites) as an unconsolidated and chemically weathered surficial layer of fine-grained mineral or organic material exceeding centimeter scale thickness, with or without coarse elements and cemented portions.
Martian dust generally connotes even finer materials than Martian soil, the fraction which is less than 30 micrometres in diameter. Disagreement over the significance of soil’s definition arises due to the lack of an integrated concept of soil in the literature. The pragmatic definition “medium for plant growth” has been commonly adopted in the planetary science community but a more complex definition describes soil as “(bio)geochemically/physically altered material at the surface of a planetary body that encompasses surficial extraterrestrial telluric deposits.” This definition emphasizes that soil is a body that retains information about its environmental history and that does not need the presence of life to form.
El Morro National Monument
Barboza Space Center News: We have just returned from our summer New Mexico geology field trip. We are always looking to compare and contract Earth and Mars. We invite you to visit our most recent photo essay below. In addition, we are paving the way for our 2018 Barboza Space Center Tiger Teams from Australia, South Korea and Cabo Verde. We visited the El Malpas National Monument to continue our studies of volcanoes in New Mexico and Cabo Verde. Plans are underway to study Mars from New Mexico. You can follow our programs by visiting www.BarbozaSpaceCenter.com
Photo Essay: Bob Barboza July, 2017, New Mexico
El Morro National Monument is located on an ancient east-west trail in western New Mexico. The main feature of this National Monument is a great sandstone promontory with a pool of water at its base.
As a shaded oasis in the western U.S. desert, this site has seen many centuries of travelers. The remains of a mesa top pueblo are atop the promontory where between about 1275 to 1350 AD, up to 1500 people lived in this 875 room pueblo. The Spaniard explorers called it El Morro (The Headland). The Zuni Indians call it “A’ts’ina” (Place of writings on the rock). Anglo-Americans called it Inscription Rock. Travelers left signatures, names, dates, and stories of their treks. While some of the inscriptions are fading, there are still many that can be seen today, some dating to the 17th century. Among the Anglo-American emigrants who left their names there in 1858 were several members of the Rose-Baley Party, including Leonard Rose and John Udell. Some petroglyphs and carvings were made by the Ancestral Puebloan centuries before Europeans started making their mark. In 1906, U.S. federal law prohibited further carving.
The many inscriptions, water pool, pueblo ruins, and top of the promontory are all accessible via park trails.
It is on the Trails of the Ancients Byway, one of the designated New Mexico Scenic Byways.
Mars Society to Hold Int’l Student Mars Art Contest
Two Weeks Remaining until Submission Deadline (May 31)
The Mars Society is sponsoring a Student Mars Art (SMArt) Contest
, inviting youth from around the world to depict the human future on the planet Mars. Young artists from grades 4 through 12 are invited to submit up to three works of art each, illustrating any part of the human future on the Red Planet, including the first landing, human field exploration, operations at an early Mars base, the building of the first Martian cities, terraforming the Red Planet and other related human settlement concepts.
The SMArt Contest will be divided into three categories: Upper Elementary (grades 4-6), Junior High (grades 7-9), and High School (Grades 10-12). Cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250, as well as trophies, will be given out to the first, second and third place winners of each section. There will also be certificates of honorable mention for those artists who don’t finish in the top three, but whose work is nevertheless judged to be particularly meritorious.
The winning works of art will be posted on the Mars Society web site and may also be published as part of a special book about Mars art. In addition, winners will be invited to come to the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention at the University of California, Irvine September 7-10, 2017 to display and talk about their art.
Mars art will consist of still images, which may be composed by traditional methods, such as pencil, charcoal, watercolors or paint, or by computerized means. Works of art must be submitted via a special online form (http://nextgen.marssociety.org/mars-art) in either PDF or JPEG format with a 10 MB limit per image. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2017, 5:00 pm MST. By submitting art to the contest, participating students grant the Mars Society non-exclusive rights to publish the images on its web site or in Kindle paper book form.
Speaking about the SMArt Contest, Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin said, “The imagination of youth looks to the future. By holding the SMArt Contest, we are inviting young people from all over the world to use art to make visible the things they can see with their minds that the rest of us have yet to see with our own eyes. Show us the future, kids. From imagination comes reality. If we can see it, we can make it.”
All questions about the Mars Society’s SMArt Contest can be submitted to: Marsart@marssociety.org.
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