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Apr 2011: EHMS at Yuri's Day

On April 8, nearly 100 students from Edward Harris Jr. Middle School joined 6,000 other students to celebrate Yuri’s Education Day at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.  This event featured a vast array of interactive exhibits, workshops, displays, and keynote speakers.

Our thanks to NASA's Ames Research Center and the NASA Explorer Schools program for the invitation.


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One of the dominant structures is the wind tunnel building which was used for testing how large-scale models of aircraft will behave in the air.  The building is schedule for renovation.  Users will be able to fly remote-controlled aircraft inside.
Left:  The wind tunnels seen while entering Ames Research Center.
Right:  The wind tunnel from the tarmac where Yuri's Day was held.

Photo credit: L - student Xue Amy Lu, R - Dave Ishikawa

One of the aircraft hangers at Ames Research Center. Most of the activities were inside the hanger (we only have a couple of pictures from inside).

This picture was taken facing about 90 degrees to the right of the picture directly above.  The tarmac is large - it held several aircraft (some shown below), a huge fire truck, and multiple exhibits from the Traveling Space Museum which visited EHMS.

Photo by Dave Ishikawa

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A helicopter gunship, desert buggy, a jet similar to those the astronauts use for training, on orrery (mechanical display of how the planets move), and an "astrodome" (don't know what it's really called - go inside and see the stars!).

Photo credits
chopper, buggy, left jet, orrery - student D'Angelo Brady
astronomy dome - student Xue Amy Lu
right jet - Dave Ishikawa


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Inside the hanger, one of the popular exhibits was the bugs. A separate exhibit had food items - cookies and salsa among them - made from bugs.

Photo credit:  student Xue Amy Lu

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Among the exhibits/activities inside the hanger was a stage with presentations about NASA missions like Kepler which is searching for earth-like planets outside our solar system, how our study of the moon is changing what we thought we knew, how the study of robotics helps us learn about ourselves, and about being an astronaut.

Dan Barry applied to be an astronaut and was turned down multiple times (I counted at least 10 times). He spoke about persistence and working for your dreams.

L to R: Desiree, Astronaut Barry, Haimanot

Photo credit: Dave Ishikawa