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Published on Jun 4, 2012
MoonKAM Student Expo - 06/01/2012 - Washington D.C.
On Friday, June 1, 2012, Sally Ride Science joined NASA to host the GRAIL MoonKAM Student Expo in Washington, D.C. Students and teachers from across the country attended the conference to showcase photos they took using the GRAIL MoonKAM cameras. GRAIL is NASA's ﬁrst planetary mission carrying instruments—the MoonKAM cameras—fully dedicated to education and public outreach. Speakers included Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, and John Holdren, adviser to the president for science and technology.
GRAIL MoonKAM engages middle schools across the country in the GRAIL mission and lunar exploration. Tens of thousands of fifth- to eighth-grade students select target areas on the lunar surface and send requests to the GRAIL MoonKAM Mission Operations Center (MOC). Photos of the target areas are sent back by the GRAIL satellites and made available in the Images section of the MoonKAM website (moonkam.ucsd.edu). Students use the images to study lunar features such as craters, highlands, and maria while also learning about past and future landing sites.