NASA's Educator Astronaut Program is helping educators and students experience NASA missions in a whole new light. K-12 educators are now part of the NASA Astronaut Corps and are trained to carry out all of the tasks and responsibilities that Mission Specialist astronauts are qualified to perform. Educator Astronauts will help NASA find new ways to connect space exploration to the classroom and to inspire the next generation of explorers.
You can be part of NASA's activities here on the ground by joining a virtual NASA team called Earth Crew, part of NASA's Educator Astronaut Program. New Earth Crew teams are forming all the time. Each team is made up of students, and one or more teachers or parents who use NASA's Edspace Web site to plan and conduct exploration-related activities. Earth Crew team leaders receive e-mail updates and information about new Earth Crew projects and team members even provide suggestions to help plan new Edspace projects.