The following NASA websites are great places to begin for almost anything related to space exploration:
    Be sure to check for opportunities to view the International Space Station flying over Upper St. Clair!  Go out about a minute before the time listed and begin to scan the path in the sky that the ISS is supposed to take.  Keep scanning until you notice a moving object.  It will look like a bright, very slightly orange star that is moving at about the same speed a plane would be moving across the sky.  You'll know it's not a plane when you hear no sound and see no blinking lights.  It's the International Space Station!  (You can check the times that the ISS can be seen over other cities across the US and around the world at spaceflight.nasa.gov. Click on "Realtime" in the top bar and then "Sighting Opportunties" on the pulldown menu.)
    For up-to-the-minute news on space exploration activities around the world, as well as the latest on the companies and individuals trying to develop private space transportation, go to www.space.com.
    Those of you who took your chance to go to Mars will be happy to know that your name is now on the planet!  Your name is on a microchip on the rover Curiosity which is  currently sending us pictures from the Gale Crater -- on MARS!  (Did you remember to print out the NASA certificate that certifies you as a part of history?)
    ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station)            
    On August 27, 2004, Upper St. Clair students had an "out of this world" experience!  Fifteen students, representing grades 4 - 12, had an opportunity to speak with Pittsburgh astronaut Mike Fincke as he orbited the earth on the International Space Station.  Upper St. Clair alumna Lesley Retallick Lee, who works in Life Sciences at the Johnson Space Center, was instrumental in helping our school become a "crew pick" for the contact.  Mrs. Palazzolo called upon two local ham radio clubs (Wireless Association of South Hills and Washington Area Communications) for assistance.  They unselfishly provided the equipment, expertise, and many hours of labor that resulted in the exciting nine minutes of communication.  To read more about the event and to listen to the actual contact, click here.  (The commuication begins with a great deal of static and there is a long break between the first and second student, but don't get discouraged.  Just keep listening!  Our students asked excellent questions and astronaut Fincke provided excellent answers!)