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Waterville Valley Science Teacher Reports on Planet Mercury Mission

October 1, 2009

A Waterville Valley science teacher was one of only a few educators chosen by NASA to help with a milestone project.

Sally Jean Jensen, a teacher at Waterville Valley Academy, is one of six master science educators chosen to report on the Messenger spacecraft flyby of the planet Mercury.

On September 29, NASA’s Messenger spacecraft flew by the planet Mercury in a historic mission to the last of the eight planets in the solar system that has not been fully seen. The event, and the two days of analysis of the science data following the event, have been covered live from NASA’s Mission Control and the Science Operation Center by seven Messenger Fellows on Twitter and Facebook. NASA has been tweeting and facebooking since September 29, answering questions from classrooms across America, and engaging students in live conversations about the excitement and the experiences of the researchers as the data streams back to Earth.

Jensen has been one of the educators reporting live on the Web directly from mission control in Maryland. She said she sees the opportunity as a vital teaching tool.

“Being a part of this is like watching real science happen,” she said. “More and more teachers need to be aware and do this.”

Jensen’s reports can be found online at her Twitter page.

Photo below: Sally Jean Jensen

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