Waves in Space

September 1st, 2005 - August 31st, 2007 | PROJECT

Waves in Space, an educational museum exhibit for upper elementary and middle school students, clarifies the concept of radio wave propagation and how it is affected by variations in the Earth's atmosphere. The exhibit is based on research in upper atmospheric physics conducted by the Atmospheric Sciences Group at the MIT Haystack Observatory. This research is at the forefront of the emerging national space weather effort, a large NSF initiative to forecast and predict dynamic conditions in Earth's upper atmosphere and the effects these conditions have on key technologies such as cellular phones, pagers and satellites.

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Team Members

John Foster, Principal Investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Philip Erickson, Co-Principal Investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0439049
Funding Amount: 74988


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Geoscience and geography | Physics | Space science | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits