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The Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT) Program is a partnership between NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Lewis Center for Educational Research.


The program is an authentic science investigation program for students in grades K through 12. Students learn how to be a part of a science team while they are making a real contribution to scientific knowledge.

Using the internet, students take control of a 34-meter decommissioned NASA radio antenna located at the Goldstone, California DSN complex. Students collect data on strong radio sources and work in collaboration with professional radio astronomers to analyze the data.

Teachers receive training in telescope operations, scheduling, and radio astronomy. Training is available on-site or via the internet.

GAVRT supports its students and teachers with on-going support and broad-based multidisciplinary curriculum.

The Current GAVRT Scientific Campaigns are:

• Juno/Jupiter Quest
• Black Hole Patrol - Quasar Variability Study
• Pulsar Campaign

For more information or to sign up, visit the GAVRT website.