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3/16 liquid-fueled rockets, docking in space, Popov, and Brain Awareness Week

First Liquid-fueled rocket launched (1926)
On March 16, 1926, Robert H. Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn Massachusetts.  The rocket was fueled with liquid oxygen and gasoline and only rose to a height of 41 feet during the 2 1/2 second flight.   This launch established Goddard as the father of modern rocketry and contributed to his later accomplishments such as the first scientific payload (in 1929) and a gyro control apparatus to control flight path.  In 1959, NASA established the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. (Image of Robert H. Goddard and a liquid oxygen-gasoline rocket in the frame from which it was fired on March 16, 1926 from Wikimedia Commons)

First Docking of two space vehicles in orbit (1966)
On March 16, 1966, Astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott piloted the space capsule Gemini VIII to dock with the Gemini Agena target vehicle.  This was the first docking of two space vehicles in orbit.  This important docking procedure is necessary for transfer of materials and personnel from one space vehicle to another and was crucial in the moon landing and maintaining the space stations in orbit.

Alexander Stepanovich Popov born (1859)
Alexander Popov (1859 – 1906) was a Russian Naval Engineer and physicist who worked at developing a method for ships to communicate and invented electromagnetic transmitters and receivers.  His work seems to be independent of the work of Marconi and Tesla and the Russian people regard Popov as the inventor of radio.

Celebrating Brain Awareness Week (March 14 – 20, 2011)

The Society for Neuroscience Brain Awareness Week page  provides a collection of Hands-On Neuroscience Activities for the Classroom.  Exemplary hands-on presentations were shared with science teachers from around the country at the 2010 National Science Teachers Association’s conference in Philadelphia this past March during BAW. SfN sponsored two workshops to provide teachers with ways to use Neuroscience Core Concepts and Neuromyth Busters. The PowerPoint slides from those workshops and the accompanying hands-on activities are available for download:

» Neuroscience Core Concepts Slides and Neuroscience Core Concepts Hands-On Activities

» Neuromyth Busters Slides and Neuromyth Busters Hands-On Activities

Want to introduce parts of the brain? Use Brain Facts.  Designed for a lay audience as an introduction to neuroscience, Brain Facts is also a valuable educational resource used by high school teachers and students who participate in Brain Awareness Week.

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