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Support Story Time From Space After the SpaceX Falcon 9 Explosion

POSTED BY doug ON June 30, 2015

By Nereida Zarco, Digital Media Assistant.

story time from space logoBooks and science make the perfect pair, but sometimes things don’t happen exactly as expected.

In the explosion of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, the nonprofit reading program Story Time From Space lost 9 educational science experiments that were headed to the International Space Station.

Story Time From Space was developed by educator Patricia Tribe and astronaut Alvin Drew, and supported by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and a volunteer group of astronauts, scientists and educators. Earlier this year, they launched five children’s books by Dr. Jeffrey Bennett to the ISS, where the astronauts have videotaped themselves reading the books in the cupola. (There is a new bundle of books going up to the ISS this fall, officially scheduled to launch November 19 on Orbital 4.)

The next phase of Story Time From Space was to have the ISS astronauts conduct and videotape educational demonstrations designed by veteran Canadian astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason, to complement the science concepts found in the Story Time From Space books. These 9 experiments focus on: free fall, orbit, heat transfer, light, human effects, surface tension, buoyancy, pendulous motion and balance. The Story Time From Space team successfully went through the NASA process for the demos, self-funding $100,000 worth of their own one-of-a-kind hardware. The kit of experiments was packed onto the SpaceX rocket that exploded several minutes after launch on Sunday, June 28.

Story Time From Space has set up a GoFundMe page to help start the rebuilding process.

“The challenge of educating the masses of humanity is daunting, but I have great faith in the human spirit. I imagine the process of education becoming one of a chain reaction, with each small effort multiplied as individuals share their newly gained understanding with others.” – Dr. Jeffrey Bennett


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