International Year of Astronomy Educator Conference

May 30-31, 2009 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched on a 15-year mission to explore the universe. Now, just past it’s 19th birthday, it is getting a new lease on life.  Space Shuttle mission STS-125 (scheduled for launch on May 11) is slated to replace and repair science instruments, computers, batteries, gyroscopes and blankets.  This, the last Hubble servicing mission, should allow Hubble to operate as a fully operational enhanced astronomical observatory for many more years.

At JPL we are taking this opportunity to revisit the Hubble mission and the work of JPL’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, Hubble’s workhorse science instrument.  The camera has taken most of the revolutionary images attributed to Hubble.  We’ll recap the Shuttle mission activities as well.

2009 is also the International Year of Astronomy (IYA).  This event is a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture and marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei.  The aim of the Year is to stimulate interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and science under the central theme “The Universe, Yours to Discover.” We will discuss IYA2009 events and activities and ways to promote a greater appreciation of the inspirational aspects of astronomy.

Who: All educators (including museum staff) and students high school and above interested in Earth and space science and exploration.  The conference content is generally non-technical but does include some detailed scientific and engineering content.  The objective of the conference is to tell the exciting tale of real-life exploration and new discovery in a way that will excite and inspire students.  Students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a registered adult.

When: All day Saturday, May 30, and the morning of Sunday, May 31, 2009.  Check-in begins at 7:45 A.M.  On Saturday the conference will conclude by 5:00 pm. On Sunday the conference will end at noon for a total of 12 hours of professional development time.

Where: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s von Kármán Auditorium.  JPL is located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains north of the Rose Bowl.  For directions please visit  Pre-registration is required; walk-up registration will not be possible for this conference.  Note that you will need to show a photo ID at JPL’s security checkpoint upon arrival each day.

How: To register for this conference please send a check postmarked by Friday, May 22, 2009, for $40.00 payable to “Jet Propulsion Laboratory” to:

Hubble Educator Conference
Attn: Mary Kay Kuehn
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
M/S 180-109
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena CA 91109

Please register by Friday, May 22, 2009.  The $40 registration fee includes continental breakfast and breaks both days and a box lunch on Saturday.  For registration questions please call the JPL Education Office at 818-393-0561.

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