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Cool Cosmos at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center & the SIRTF Science Center
In answering the wide public interest in space sciences, NASA has, for more than a decade, made Education and Public Outreach (EPO) an important element in their missions. This “Cool Cosmos” portal is the main gateway of the “Cool Cosmos” EPO group at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center and the SIRTF Science Center. The “Cool Cosmos” EPO activities are coordinated and managed by the SIRTF Science Center, based at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center on the campus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
Communicating the world of infrared astronomy to the public is the main topic of the “Cool Cosmos” portal but certainly not its only goal. In the past few years the “Cool Cosmos” team has created a wide variety of educational products that explain the infrared as well as the multi-wavelength universe. We've produced a suite of award-winning websites (coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu) that speak to audiences as varied as kindergarteners to amateur astronomers. We've also filmed short videos about astronomy and infrared light and created posters and brochures that have become favorites with NASA education specialists as well as classroom teachers.
The “Cool Cosmos” portal is
involving students in science with multi-disciplinary educational
materials produced with the goal of engaging the young minds of future
generations of scientists. The continuous positive response of the
public has been an absolute motivation to create new and innovative
methods to reach them. The “Cool Cosmos” team is a dynamic group that
has made its vocation to revive the interest, excite the dreams and
hopefully answer some of the questions to satiate the public thirst for
knowledge of Space.