“What you cannot imagine, you cannot do” says astronaut Alvin Drew. Now imagine Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories to the children of Earth as the world rotates below. Imagine no more…it’s Story Time from Space!
We have sent children’s books written by Jeffrey Bennett to the International Space Station.
While in space, astronauts will videotape themselves reading books to the children of Earth. These videos will be edited and placed in the Story Time From Space library. The library will be housed here on the Story Time From Space website. Astronauts on the ISS will also conduct and videotape educational demonstrations designed by Veteran Canadian Astronaut, Bjarni Tryggvason, to complement the science concepts in the Story Time from Space books.
To make Story Time from Space even more useful for educators, cross-content curriculum will be designed to support the Next Generation Science Standards. All of these materials, along with the videos from orbit, will be posted here on the Story Time from Space website, providing easy access for educators, families, libraries, science centers, scouts and others.
Story Time From Space was started by educator Patricia Tribe and astronaut Alvin Drew, and also now includes educator Debbie Brown-Biggs and veteran astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason who is designing the science demonstrations. The fifth team member is author Jeffrey Bennett, who joined the team after his books were chosen and has granted permission for all his work to be used.
Story Time From Space is working with numerous partner organizations including T2 Science & Math Education Consultants, Big Kid Science, the NASA astronaut office, QDAC Systems, Education Pathways, CASIS, the University of Toronto, York University, MILAD Technology, and P&P Optica.
Cygnus Docks with the ISS
Launch Vehicle: Antares
Launch Site: Wallops Flight Facility
Date: Jan. 9, 1:07 p.m. EST
Story Time From Space Team
Recent Release: January 2014
NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot and NASA Astronaut Alvin Drew discuss Story Time in Space. The science program features astronauts reading stories from space to children to inspire them to read and learn about space exploration.
The experiment was launched Jan. 9 aboard the Orbital Sciences Corp. Cygnus spacecraft and delivered to the International Space Station Jan. 12.
“Cyrgnus’ cargo includes videotapes, crew provisions, hardware, various CubeSats and 23 science experiments developed by students. According to Orbital, the ORB-1 payload includes the NLP Vaccine-21 experiment to test the effectiveness of antibiotics in space and Burning and Suppression of Solids 2, BASS-2, experiment to test how different materials burn in space. One of the scientific payloads is for Story Time from Space, which features ISS crew members reading children’s books and performing simple math and science experiments. Belated Christmas presents, as well as fruit from NASA, were also part of the payload, reports the Associated Press.”
By Robert Pearlman
January 7, 2014 — The science-packed, storybook space adventures of a dog named Max are blasting off in real life to be read on board the International Space Station (ISS). The astronauts will record reading the books for children to enjoy and learn from back on Earth.
The books, which are part of a new educational program called “Story Time From Space,” are launching aboard an Orbital Sciences’ unmanned Cygnus spacecraft along with science experiments and supplies destined for the space station.
The commercial cargo freighter, which Orbital has named the Spaceship C. Gordon Fullerton after the late astronaut and pilot, is set to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Wednesday (Jan. 8). The spacecraft will arrive at the space station four days later, where astronauts will use the orbiting outpost’s robotic arm to attach the Cygnus to a port on the station.
By Leonidas Papadopoulos
“5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … Liftoff! We have liftoff of Max the Dog, the first dog to visit the International Space Station!”
Although these words weren’t part of Orbital Sciences chief engineer Mike Dorsch’s live coverage of his company’s recently launched resupply mission to the International Space Station, they will nevertheless be voiced from astronauts onboard the orbiting complex.
Orbital Sciences Corp. is one of the two private companies contracted by NASA to regularly resupply the ISS. As reported here on AmericaSpace by Ben Evans, the triumphant launch of the company’s Antares rocket on Jan. 9 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia was followed by the successful docking on Jan. 12 of its payload, the automated Cygnus cargo ship, to the Earth-facing port of the Station’s Harmony module.
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