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AstrOlympics blends sports with science

What do Olympic athletes and objects in space have in common? The answer is matter in motion, often in extreme examples.
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As the athletes get set to compete in Pyeongchang, Korea, the public can explore the Olympic Games in a different way through an innovative project blending science and sports. "AstrOlympics" relates the amazing feats of Olympic athletes with the spectacular phenomena found throughout space.

This project from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory highlights the physical connections between sport and space. Examining various topics including speed, distance, time, mass, rotation, and pressure, AstrOlympics explores the impressive range of these different physical properties.
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The AstrOlympics project consists of a series of posters, videos, and a website. All of these materials are free to download and use. Science educators may contact the project via the website to request a small number of available hard copies. AstrOlympics will also be distributed through NASA and International Astronomical Union networks.

The 2018 Olympic Games will be held in South Korea between February 9-25.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages the Chandra program for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, controls Chandra's science and flight operations.

AstrOlympics provides brief explanations of the physical concepts and then compares examples from common every day experiences, Olympic events, and discoveries from space made with Chandra and other observatories. For example, the rotation section compares the spin of an ice skater to that of a washing machine to the rotating of a spinning dead star.
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All of the AstrOlympics products and materials are available for free download at http://chandra.si.edu/olympics/.

More information about the Chandra X-ray Observatory at http://chandra.si.edu/ and http://www.nasa.gov/chandra.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages the Chandra program for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, controls Chandra's science and flight operations.
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