News & Events

May 8, 2009 FAST is no longer gathering routine data. Various engineering tests are going on now. Some passes are still supported.

FAST Science Working Team will take place on Monday May 18th, 2009 at UC Berkeley to discuss archiving the data and science updates.


May 1, 2009 The FAST satellite normal operations ended today. FAST will be left to orbit for many years to come. NASA and the space science community decided the cost to keep FAST running was no longer worth the science return. FAST gathered amazing data about the particles, magnetic fields, and electric fields associated with the aurora for over 11 years—a full solar cycle of data!! All that amazing data will now be archived and scientists can continue to learn from it.


March, 2009

The end of FAST - FAST will be turned off soon after supporting the NASA THEMIS program. It has had over a solar cycle of great observing of the charged particles, electric, and magnetic fields associated with auroras on Earth. We will miss the gathering of this fantastic data. There are sure to be many more discoveries from the data that FAST has gathered over its lifetime.


Cornerstone Evaluation Associates LLC (Cornerstone) has evaluated a couple of our education and public outreach programs: our short-term teacher professional development workshops and this website. A report summarizing findings from our teacher professional development workshops over Fiscal Year 2007 (FY07) - from October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007 can be found here (PDF format - 56kB).

To learn more about our teacher professional development workshops, visit the THEMIS GEONS page and the Center for Science Education teacher PD workshop page.

1/4/2008 Happy New Year! FAST is now an integral part of the science being done with the THEMIS mission. With all-sky cameras watching the aurora, FAST measuring the particles, magnetic fields and electric fields in the region where electrons are sped up to incredible speeds, and the THEMIS five satellites out in the magnetosphere, we anticipate a very exciting year for auroral physics. Stay tuned for some great discoveries this year.





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Teacher Professional Development Workshops
We hold regular teacher professional development workshops at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley. These workshops are free and cover a wide range of space science concepts. Check out the workshops webpage to find out more, including what workshops are coming up soon.


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