NASA’s CHESS to study interstellar clouds

Updated - June 25, 2017 10:11 am IST

Published - June 24, 2017 08:55 pm IST

Chennai, November 13, 2009 NASA EXPEDITION - JOHNSON SPACE CENTER:-



To explore the Space beyond MARS and to bring in Scientific revolution in young minds, Maharishi Vidya Mandir Sr. Sec. School, Chetpet, Chennai and Maharishi International Residential School, Sriperumpudur, Kanchipuram District kept ;the best foot forward to spearhead the NASA Expedition.  The vision became reality when 36 students along with 2 Teachers set a shining example by proving their mettle in broader perspective of Space Centre Research Practices between 18th October and 29th October, 2009.



A 5-day long programme included Mars Landing Video Presentation, Rover Design & Parts Testing, Rover Construction, Rocket Design, Glider Project, Spectrometer, Mars Lander Design and Competition.  The students were actively involved in the Project Demonstration divided into 5-teams.



A formal event was hosted by the Educational Specialists in the Graduation Ceremony conducted on 23rd October, 2009 and the student delegates received their NASA Certificates of Merit with Gold Medal.  NASA experts declared the school as the `BEST QUESTIONNAIRE OF THE WEEK’.



At Cape Canaveral, Florida students viewed Apollo & Saturn-V Centre, Theatre, Spectrometer, Firing room theatre, Explored collection of Astronaut Artifacts with Armstrong landing on Moon 1969, Space Shuttle – simulation of an actual launch.



At Orlando, Florida, SEA WORLD added fascination to the visiting crew with stunning SHAMU SHOW & WHALE & DOLPHIN THEATER.  MANTA, JOURNEY TO ATLANTIS and KRAKEN remained thrill game rides.



Coming to Universal Studios  Orlando, Florida City Walk with a popular mix of imaginative Music, Comedy and Multi-media theatre provided a new experience of fun & frolic.   A new ray of hope was provided by Hard rock and Islands of adventure.



A raring & bold opportunity indeed to the students and teachers of Maharishi Vidya Mandir Institutions.

Chennai, November 13, 2009 NASA EXPEDITION - JOHNSON SPACE CENTER:- To explore the Space beyond MARS and to bring in Scientific revolution in young minds, Maharishi Vidya Mandir Sr. Sec. School, Chetpet, Chennai and Maharishi International Residential School, Sriperumpudur, Kanchipuram District kept ;the best foot forward to spearhead the NASA Expedition. The vision became reality when 36 students along with 2 Teachers set a shining example by proving their mettle in broader perspective of Space Centre Research Practices between 18th October and 29th October, 2009. A 5-day long programme included Mars Landing Video Presentation, Rover Design & Parts Testing, Rover Construction, Rocket Design, Glider Project, Spectrometer, Mars Lander Design and Competition. The students were actively involved in the Project Demonstration divided into 5-teams. A formal event was hosted by the Educational Specialists in the Graduation Ceremony conducted on 23rd October, 2009 and the student delegates received their NASA Certificates of Merit with Gold Medal. NASA experts declared the school as the `BEST QUESTIONNAIRE OF THE WEEK’. At Cape Canaveral, Florida students viewed Apollo & Saturn-V Centre, Theatre, Spectrometer, Firing room theatre, Explored collection of Astronaut Artifacts with Armstrong landing on Moon 1969, Space Shuttle – simulation of an actual launch. At Orlando, Florida, SEA WORLD added fascination to the visiting crew with stunning SHAMU SHOW & WHALE & DOLPHIN THEATER. MANTA, JOURNEY TO ATLANTIS and KRAKEN remained thrill game rides. Coming to Universal Studios Orlando, Florida City Walk with a popular mix of imaginative Music, Comedy and Multi-media theatre provided a new experience of fun & frolic. A new ray of hope was provided by Hard rock and Islands of adventure. A raring & bold opportunity indeed to the students and teachers of Maharishi Vidya Mandir Institutions.

NASA is launching a sounding rocket CHESS on June 27 to study vast interstellar clouds and know about the earliest stages of star formation. The Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph will measure light filtering through the interstellar medium which provides crucial information for understanding the lifecycle of stars.

In the space between distant stars there drift vast clouds of neutral atoms and molecules, as well as charged plasma particles that may, over millions of years, evolve into new stars and even planets.

CHESS will train its eye at Beta Scorpii — a hot, brightly shining star in the Scorpius constellation well-positioned for the instrument to probe the material between the star and our own solar system.

This is the third flight for the CHESS payload in the past three years, and the most detailed survey yet.

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