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Apophis Online Science Lab

The Space Foundation and SpaceClass have collaborated to provide the Asteroid Challenge, Target Earth virtual lab, where students can learn about the near-Earth asteroid, Apophis, which may collide with Earth on April 13, 2036.

Our Virtual Lab coincided with the Nova series on PBS, ScienceNow. The first episode about near-Earth asteroids, particularly asteroid Apophis, aired October 3, 2006. The series was hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (pictured, right), director of the Hayden Planetarium, a former member of the board of directors of the Space Foundation, a recipient of the Space Foundation's Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award and an honorary director of the Space Foundation. Dr. Tyson plays an important role in our Virtual Lab as he informs and guides students toward a solution to save Earth.

During our Virtual Lab, students study asteroid composition and orbital mechanics, and discover ways to stop Apophis and save Earth. The Space Foundation also provides teachers with many classroom activities for grades K-12 that can be used in association with the Virtual Lab. The lab is free, students are able to log in and teachers can track student progress.

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