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NOVA’s Live Coverage of Cassini’s Death Dive to Saturn

Almost everything we know today about the beautiful giant ringed planet comes from Cassini, the NASA mission that launched in 1997 and arrived at Saturn in 2004. Since then, the spacecraft has been beaming home miraculous images and scientific data, revealing countless wonders about the planet, its rings, and 62 moons—including some that could harbor life.

Rapping and Learning About Our Solar System

Joe Beasley is a 5th-grade teacher at Goochland Elementary School who uses his musical talents to write fun, content-centered songs that kids love. Beasley teaches his students original song lyrics and pairs them with physical actions- also known as kinesthetic learning. This helps his students, of all ability levels, to actively - and energectically - engage in classroom learning that sticks with them.

Total Solar Eclipse: Experience and Learning Resources

The total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years. This extraordinary cosmic spectacle will pass through 13 states, and everyone in the continental U.S. will have the opportunity to see at least a partial eclipse, making it the most widely viewed American eclipse of all time. Commencing at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1:15 p.m. EDT), a lunar shadow 73 miles wide will take one hour and 33 minutes to travel from Oregon on the west coast to South Carolina on the east, allowing continuous observation for 90 minutes.

VCU Rice Rivers Center's Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program

Did you know that by simply eating oysters in certain restaurants in the central and eastern Virginia region, you become a participant in oyster restoration? The Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program (VOSRP) is a public-private and nonprofit collaborative effort of the VCU Rice Rivers Center, taking shells destined for the trash and returning them to the Chesapeake Bay.

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