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The GRACE mission benefits from and will build upon the interest in oceanography that has been growing in recent years with the recognition of the El Niño/La Niña phenomenon. GRACE provides a strong basis to draw public and student interest since new, extremely accurate models of the Earth's gravity field will be generated.

The Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) works in partnership with the mission team to develop and implement GRACE education and outreach. GRACE master teachers were selected from across the nation through an application and review process.These master teachers have created interdisciplinary K-12 educational materials that meet the National Educational Standards to support the GRACE mission in the areas of Satellites, Gravity,Weather/Climate/Atmosphere, Oceans, and GRACE general mission facts and objectives.These master teachers have trained hundreds of teachers about the GRACE mission impacting tens of thousands of students, and the activities have been tested in classrooms across the nation.When GRACE launches, the activities will be available to all educators on the TSGC web site, http://www.csr.utexas.edu/grace/education/. In addition to classroom activities, an online GRACE activity guide, coloring book, and on-line quiz will be available for all interested.

Animations, photos and interviews with mission personnel will be available to all traditional media outlets television, print, and radio. Computer animation, showing the spacecraft deployments, orbit ground tracks, data collection, and real world applications of the data, is available.The GRACE web site will also document, publicize, and expand the mission's science data including computer animations, downloadable educational materials, a frequently asked questions (FAQ) archive, and evaluation/ suggestion forms for feedback.This information will be updated regularly.

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United States
AMA Analytical Mechanics Association, Inc. Hampton, VA
CU The University of Colorado Boulder, CO
GSFC Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA) Greenbelt, MD
JPL Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA) Pasadena, CA
JHUAPL Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. Laurel, MD
KSC Kennedy Space Center (NASA) Cocoa Beach, VA
LaRC Langley Research Center (NASA) Hampton, VA
MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
OSU The Ohio State University Columbus, OH
SS/L Space Systems/Loral Palo Alto, CA
UTCSR University of Texas Center for Space Research Austin, TX

AGmbH Astrium GmbH Friedrichshafen, Germany
AWI Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research Bremerhaven Germany
DLR Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt Bonn, Germany
DLR/GSOC DLR German Space Operations Center Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
DTU The Technical University of Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
EGmbH Eurockot GmbH Bremen, Germany
GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam Potsdam, Germany
GRGS Groupe de Recherches de Géodésie Spatiale Toulouse, France
IABG Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft GmbH Ottobrunn, Germany
KSG Kort & Matrikelstyrelsen Copenhagen, Denmark
KSRC Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center Moscow, Russia
ONERA Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiale Paris, France
TUM Technical University of Munich Munich, Germany
UB University of Bonn Bonn, Germany
UL University of Lyon Lyon, France

Key Participants
B. Tapley UTCSR, Principal Investigator (PI)
C. Reigber GFZ, Co-PI
A. Davis JPL, Project Manager
M. Imhoff GSFC, ESSP Project Scientist
E. Koenemann DLR, GRACE Manager
R. Fitzgerald GSFC, GRACE Mission Manager
M.M. Watkins JPL, Project Scientist

U.S. Science Team
B. Tapley UTCSR, Lead
S. Bettadpur UTCSR
R. Gasparovic JHUAPL
R.S. Gross JPL
W.G. Melbourne JPL
D. Porter JHUAPL
C.K. Shum OSU
J. Wahr CU
M.M. Watkins JPL
C. Wunsch MIT

European Science Team
C. Reigber GFZ, Lead
G. Balmino GRGS
F. Flechtner GFZ
K.H. Ilk UB
N. Jakowski DLR
P. Knudsen KSG
Y. Ricard UL
R. Rummel TUM
J. Schroeter AWI
P. Schwintzer GFZ


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