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Astronomer (IAR) 

FutureTech has strong partnership relations with NASA, and Goddard Space Flight Center. You will report to the Space University Academy, which will offer you a rigorous, immersive experience that will challenge you. As a participant in this unique opportunity, you will have an intense learning experience that will be space or aeronautics based. All academy interns will be immersed in a NASA environment where they will experience the agency from both inside and outside perspectives.

maria_bigAstronomers think big!  They want to understand the entire universe—the nature of the Sun, Moon, planets, stars, galaxies, and everything in between. An astronomer's work can be pure science—gathering and analyzing data from instruments and creating theories about the nature of cosmic objects—or the work can be applied to practical problems in space flight and navigation, or satellite communications. 

As the Assistant to the Astronomer, Kimo Kalani, you will also assist the space exploration team with analyzing data, operating  telescopes, and using your science and math knowledge.

Kimo is ready for you to dive into Task #1.

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TASK #1 - You Do It!

As an assistant to the astronomer your FT mentor, Kimo, has asked you to prepare a status report on the Mars Rovers: Spirit and Opportunity

Connect to the Mars Exploration Rovers to gather the information for your assignment.

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You may also want to explore Mars for yourself!  Check out how in the videos below: 

"How to Get to Mars" 

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Report to Your Mentor:

Once you have completed and saved your Mars report, share it with your mentor. 

Resource: NASA - Mars Rovers 

Task #1 Completion - 10 pts

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TASK # 2 - Above & Beyond

Kimo has asked you to attend and represent FutureTech at the stargazing session at Mt. Mauna Kea.

During the stargazing program, you are to set up and assist the public with VIS telescopes, point out bright stars and constellations, tell stories of Hawaiian and Greek/Roman mythology, and inform the public of the hazards of high altitude.

Your mentor also suggests that you brush up on your star constellation knowledge by creating a star finder.

Visit the NASA site for instructions: NASA Make a Star FinderStar Finder

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Report to Your Mentor:

Once you have completed and saved your work, share it with your mentor.

Resource: NASA - Star Finder

Task #2 Completion - 10 pts

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TASK #3 - What Do You Think?

What Does an Astronomer Do?

Click the image to view the video to find out:

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 I Can Do This!

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Task Preference Assessment: Astronomer Tasks

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Reflect and Report to Your Mentor:

  1. Did you enjoy your Astronomer tasks?
  2. What aspects were fun and rewarding?
  3. What aspects of the task did you not enjoy? 
  4. Review the Task Preference Assessment and then list three tasks you feel you have the ability to do and three tasks you feel you cannot do at this time.

Once you have completed and saved your reflection, share it with your mentor.

Resource: Career Explorer - Astronomer

Task #3 Completion - 10 pts

Total - All Tasks Completed - 30 pts

Your Xtreme Internship as a Astronomer is Complete.

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