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The International Year of Astronomy: U.S. Plans


USA IYA logoIn the U.S., IYA is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to engage the population of the nation through the outreach efforts of scientists, amateur astronomers, educators, museums, after-school programs, parks and recreational centers, community groups, NASA, corporations, and everyone who believes that a scientifically literate work force is the key to an abundant future.

U.S. science education lags alarming behind other nations, just at a time when the country needs trained scientists, engineers, and technicians more than ever. No topic in science captures the imagination of young people and conveys the fascination of science as effectively as astronomy.

For an entire year, the media, the arts, and the educational system will share a common interest in the heavens and the mysteries of the cosmos. Already, television specials, musical and dramatic presentations, and lesson plans for schools are being planned. But so much more could be done.

Visit the U.S. IYA website.









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