The Challenger Center for Space Science Education is sponsoring a webcast with NASA simulation software manager Rebecca Mazzone. The webcast will explore modeling and simulation for space systems. The webcast will be held on Thursday, July 29 at 1:00 pm EDT. The webcast is free and open to the public. You can watch this webcast at

Ms. Mazzone is the Data Presentation and Visualization Manager for NASA’s Constellation Program and Exploration Strategic Analysis team at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Modeling and simulation helps scientists, engineers, technicians and operators understand what something is, how it behaves, and how to interact with it, all without having the real thing in front of them.

NASA uses simulation throughout the entire process of developing a mission, from the early concepts of deciding what systems to build to training astronauts on how to use those systems once they exist. The end product is often safer, easier to operate and less expensive in the long-term.

About Challenger Center

Using space exploration as a theme and simulations as a vehicle, Challenger Center and its international network of 47 Challenger Learning Centers create positive educational experiences that raise students’ expectations of success, fosters a long-term interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and inspires students to pursue studies and careers in these areas. Challenger Center’s network of Challenger Learning Centers across the United States and in Canada, the United Kingdom, and South Korea reach more than 400,000 students each year through simulated space missions and educational programs, and engage over 40,000 educators through missions, teacher workshops and other programs. To learn more about Challenger Center for Space Science Education, visit

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