This conference is open to all interested people. Registration is open until Friday, August 5.
The July 1994 collisions of fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with the planet Jupiter are a once-in-a-lifetime event and an extraordinary scientific opportunity. The explosion in knowledge about asteroids is highlighted by ground-based radar images and the Galileo spacecrafts first-ever, close-up pictures of asteroids. Predictions of meteor storms and discoveries of the remains of the impact that might have led to the extinction of the dinosaurs remind us that Earth is actively involved with comets and asteroids. These events emphasize questions about the formation of the solar system and the impact, both literal and figurative, on life on Earth.
In view of the timeliness of these events, the NASA Education Division, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Public Education Office and the JPL Public Services Office are hosting the Comets, Asteroids and Meteors Educators Conference. Held in Pasadena, California, Friday, August 12 to Sunday, August 14, the conference is a unique opportunity for science educators to broaden their professional horizons.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 to SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 1994 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Ramo Auditorium Pasadena, California Sponsors: NASA Education Division JPL Public Education Office JPL Public Services Office FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 11:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Check in Ramo Auditorium, Caltech Educators check in and collect conference materials. 12:00 noon 5:00 p.m. Comets, Asteroids and Meteors Educators Conference Ramo Auditorium, Caltech After a welcoming statement from a JPL senior staff member, scientists from a variety of disciplines will give an overview of preliminary findings from observations of the impact on Jupiter of fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. A discussion of the nature of comets and the formation of the solar system follows. 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Check in, Reception and Galileo Mission to Planet Jupiter Talk Pasadena Doubletree Hotel Check in for late arrivals continues. The reception gives an opportunity to meet other educators. A representative from the Galileo Project Office will give a presentation on the mission to explore Jupiter. SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. Check in Ramo Auditorium, Caltech 8:00 a.m. 3:45 p.m. Educators Conference continues. Ramo Auditorium, Caltech Scientists will discuss detailed findings regarding the comet fragment impacts on Jupiter. The topic then shifts to asteroids, with special emphasis on the Galileo spacecrafts images of Gaspra, Ida and Idas moon. 4:00 p.m. 5:15 p.m. Comets, Asteroids and Meteors Science Workshops Ramo Auditorium, Caltech In special sessions for educators, Earth and space science data and results will be interpreted for the classroom. Grade-appropriate hands-on activities in comet, asteroid and meteor science will be provided. SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. Educators arrive at Caltech. 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Educators Conference continues. Ramo Auditorium, Caltech Asteroid presentations continue, followed by talks on meteors, meteor showers and the risks to Earth from the impact of massive solar system objects. 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Educational Materials Workshop Ramo Auditorium, Caltech Additional hands-on activities in comet, asteroid and meteor science will be provided. 11:30 a.m. 12:00 noon Overview and Closing Remarks Ramo Auditorium, Caltech Summary of the conference; overview of JPLs future missions and educator opportunities, and closing remarks. 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Pluto Fast Flyby Supplemental Program Ramo Auditorium, Caltech Special educator overview of the outer solar system and the proposed mission to Pluto.
For your convenience, JPL will provide round-trip shuttle service between the Pasadena Doubletree Hotel and Caltech. The shuttle schedule is as follows:
FromTo: DoubletreeCaltech Friday 10:45 & 11:15 a.m. Saturday 7:15 & 7:35 a.m. Sunday 7:15 & 7:35 a.m. CaltechDoubletree Friday 5:10 & 5:30 p.m. Saturday 5:30 & 5:50 p.m. Sunday 12:15 & 12:35 p.m. CaltechDoubletree* Sunday 5:15 & 5:40 p.m. *Late shuttles for those who wish to attend the Pluto Fast Flyby Supplemental Program.
JPL has made arrangements for a block of rooms at special conference rates at the Pasadena Doubletree Hotel. To take advantage of these rates, please inform the hotel reservation desk of your plans to attend JPLs Comets, Asteroids and Meteors Educators Conference. Because of space limitations, we urge you to confirm your reservations as quickly as possible. The address, telephone number and special conference rates are given below:
Pasadena Doubletree Hotel 191 N. Los Robles Ave. Pasadena, California 91101 (818) 792-2727 $89.00/night, single occupancy $99.00/night, double occupancy
Please fill out the form below completely and return it no later than Friday, August 5, 1994. Late enrollments cannot be accepted. Enclose your preregistration fee of $65.00 make your check payable to Caltech. The fee includes the Friday reception, a Saturday luncheon and breaks.
Send forms and inquiries to: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors Educators Conference Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 186-113 4800 Oak Grove Drive Pasadena, California 91109-8099 Attention: Kimberly C. Johansen Tel: (818) 354-2413 Fax: (818) 393-4641 Comets, Asteroids and Meteors Educators Conference August 12-14, 1994 Please print Name: Title: Teaching Level(s): Organization: Address: City/State: ZIP: Country: Telephone, Day: ( ) Evening: ( ) I plan to use the shuttle service provided by JPL between Caltech and the Pasadena Doubletree Hotel. __________ I plan to attend the Pluto Fast Flyby Supplemental Program following the educators conference on Sunday, August 14. __________ -- _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ David M. Seidel _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ Educational Services Specialist _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ Jet Propulsion Laboratory _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ Public Education Office _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ firstname.lastname@example.org