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Planetary scientists and astrobiologists, Science Activation team members, and Informal Educators are invited to apply to attend a 2023 Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement professional development workshop.

The next Planetary ReaCH workshop is in New Orleans June 8-10, and the application deadline is May 8.  We have travel stipends. Apply now!

  • June 8 – 10, 2023; Tulane University, New Orleans
  • June 22 – 24, 2023; SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA
  • Aug 17 – 19, 2023; Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL
  • Nov 2 – 4, 2023; Puerto Rico

For more information, please contact Andy Shaner (

Submit your nominations by May 10, 2023. 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is seeking experts to participate in a new study to assess NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Science Activation (SciAct) program. Now in its second phase of programming, SciAct is looking to NASEM to support its ongoing efforts to achieve its stated objectives.

The committee will carry out its work by drawing on 1) evidence about effective STEM education in- and out-of-school summarized in previous reports from the Board on Science Education, 2) documentation of changes to the SciAct program since NASEM’s 2020 Science Activation Assessment,

Request for Information: DRAFT Federal Strategy to Advance an Integrated U.S. Greenhouse Gas Monitoring and Information System (GHGMIS) Released for Review and Public Comment Number: NNH23ZDA009L Response Date: April 19, 2023

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This post announces the release of 1) a draft interagency report entitled, “Federal Strategy to Advance an Integrated U.S. Greenhouse Gas Monitoring and Information System” (GHGMIS Strategy) and 2) an associated GHGMIS Strategy Request for Information (RFI) on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES). These documents may be located using the direct link above.

Both documents have been published

Given by the National Academies in partnership with Schmidt Futures


The awards honor top science communicators, journalists, and research scientists who have developed creative, original work to communicate issues and advances in science, engineering, and/or medicine for the general public. Submissions will be accepted from April 4 until May 5, 2023. 

Submissions are encouraged from individuals who have developed high-quality communications and demonstrated the potential or ability to communicate the full spectrum of science, engineering, and/or medicine — issues and complexities, beauty and societal benefits, and shortcomings and controversies. The program will provide winners with cash awards, training,

April is Earth Month at NASA's Goddards Space Flight Center. See the attached flyer for information on events throughout the month


Tuesday, February 14, 2023 @ 2:00pm ET (7:00pm UTC, 8:00pm CET). The State of Trees - February 2023: Local Comparisons of Change Over Time for Land Cover and Tree Height and a Call to Students! 

This was the 54th webinar for the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. The webinar focused on country comparisons of land cover and tree heights using online data mapping tools that the campaign has highlighted often and a discussion thinking about the growth rate of trees over time with the context of "Does your city/town have a tree plan?" Following this, the webinar put out a


Tuesday, March 7, 2023 @ 1:00pm ET (6:00pm UTC, 7:00pm CET). The State of Trees - March 2023: May the Forest Be With You: Mapping Ecosystem Structure and Understanding Global Carbon Balance with GEDI. 

This was the 55th webinar for the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, or GEDI, measures the 3D structure of Earth from the International Space Station using near-infrared lasers.  The data that GEDI collects are immensely valuable for improving our understanding of the world's forests and complex carbon cycles.  In this presentation, GEDI scientist Dr. Adrián Pascual and research assistant Ms. Tali Schwelling, discussed


Wednesday, April 12, 2023 @ 1:00pm ET (5:00pm UTC, 7:00pm CEST). The State of Trees – April 2023. The NASA Surface Water and Open Topography (SWOT) Mission and how it aligns to water edges and land cover.

Join the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Team and Dr. Ben Hamlington, Research Scientist in the Sea Level and Ice Group, in the Earth Sciences Section at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California USA as we discuss the NASA SWOT Mission. Learn about NASA's first global survey of Earth's surface water, providing data for clean air and water, extreme events, and long-term environmental


Join hosts Dr. Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Luke Henke, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, April 6th at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET as they welcome Dr. Duncan and Dr. Keller who will discuss solar eclipses--from their first, seen from a rural village in remote Mexico, to the one that proved Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity that space can be bent, to the upcoming eclipses.  They will also explore their invented “Solar Snap,” which allows anyone to take photos of the sun using a smartphone camera and share the first of the Fiske Planetarium’s videos of the “Ring-of-Fire” October annular


Join the Night Sky Network and Brandon Lawton on Tuesday, March 21 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern to learn about the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2027.

NASA’s next flagship astrophysics mission, the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, aims to expand our view of the cosmos.  Scheduled to launch by May 2027, the Roman Space Telescope will enable new science thanks to its unique combination of a large field-of-view, Hubble-like resolution at near-infrared wavelengths, and the ability to rapidly survey large portions of the sky.  Join me as we explore what makes the Roman Space Telescope so

Join the Night Sky Network and Robert Zellem on Thursday, February 23 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern to learn how to participate in the discovery of exoplanets.

On January 10, 2023, Exoplanet Watch was announced as NASA's newest citizen science project studying exoplanets, or planets that orbit stars beyond our solar system. The project is growing daily, and we're encouraging astronomers who have telescopes with a tracking mount and a camera to participate in the project by making your own observations of exoplanet transits. We'll show you how, when, and where to look! We'll also show you how to use our

Join hosts Dr. Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Luke Henke, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, Feb. 2nd at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET as they welcome Dr. Sharon Bowers, Joan Harper-Neely, and Betsy McAllister from NASA eClips to learn about two NASA opportunities for your students to interact, engage, and share with learning with peers across the nation.

This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023 @ 10:30am ET (3:30pm UTC, 4:30pm CET). The State of Trees - January 2023: Setting a Baseline and a Look Back at the November 2022 International Forest Conference in Slovenia. 


The 53rd webinar for the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign will be the next step in getting students comfortable with all the data accessible for student research. By establishing a baseline for student research, we will be able to focus much of this webinar on how students locate and decide what trees to observe and include in their research. This concept falls on last


Join hosts Dr. Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Luke Henke, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, Jan. 5th at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET as they welcome Maria Lott from the NASA Stennis Space Center to learn about hosting NASA Astro Camps for your students and community. 

Access registration here!


Do you have opinions about eliminating the exclusive access period for Hubble and/or JWST data? A new NASA Open Science policy says “There shall be no period of exclusive access to Mission data….” But the devil’s in the details. Please take the Community Survey on Data Access Policies for Hubble and JWST and share your thoughts!   The survey takes about 10-15 min. It will be open until Feb 15.

Join the Night Sky Network and Robert Nemiroff on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern for a tour of the highlights from the Astronomy Picture of the Day archive for 2022.

Along with Jerry Bonnell, Robert Nemiroff has written, coordinated, and edited NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) since 1995.  The APOD archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet.   

Speaker Information

Dr. Robert Nemiroff is a professor of physics at Michigan Tech.  He worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland before coming to Michigan Tech. He is perhaps

Join Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator hosts Rachael Arens and Michael Guarraia at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate the first Thursday of each month from 7-8 pm CT as they present a webinar series for rural educators across the nation. The webinars highlight NASA’s assets and connect rural educators to resources, networking, and further professional development opportunities.

Here are the recordings to date:

November 3, 2022: James Webb Space Telescope, DART Mission, and Educational Resources

April 7, 2022: NASA Earth Day Resources

March 3, 2022: NASA eClips Videos and Resources

February 3, 2022: NASA Neurodiversity Network 

January 6, 2022: STEM Enhancement

Join StoryLab on Nov 9 to hear how NASA has employed teams of creative minds to showcase the groundbreaking discoveries taking place for more than 60 years. The Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) and the Conceptual Image Lab (CI Lab) are two of the teams continually finding visually compelling ways to communicate these discoveries as well as the stories behind them. During this panel discussion, SVS data visualizers and CI Lab creators will discuss how they use computer graphics and other cutting-edge tools to tell NASA's story to the world. 

This event will be broadcast on IBM Cloud Video at 


The Goddard Earth Sciences Division is proud to present a webinar on "Anxiety": Beyond "Worry"
Cognitive-behavioral counseling 
Solution-focused interventions

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at Noon (Eastern)

The terms worry and anxiety are often used interchangeably. This presentation focuses on the differences between the two and highlights ways to decrease anxiety levels. 

Jane Gurganious is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland and an employee assistance specialist. She is a board-certified supervisor and has 30 years of clinical experience counseling individuals, groups, and families in a variety of settings.

Join the Teams event


NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) has updated its deadline to November 14, 2022, for accepting proposals for the new Community Anchor Awards, designed to support institutions in strengthening themselves as a local NASA STEM informal education community resource.

NASA invites submissions of proposals for activities for a period of one to two years that allow informal education institutions to strengthen their service as a local NASA STEM informal education community resource, implement authentic NASA STEM experiences that benefit a significant population of diverse audiences in their local community or region, and participate

Are your students hungry to view the new James Webb images and learn about innovative space technology that changes the way we understand the universe? Join hosts Dr. Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Luke Henke, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET as they welcome Dr. Christopher Britt and Yesenia Perez from the Space Telescope Science Institute to learn about the James Webb Space Telescope and DART Mission and gain access to educational materials. 

Access registration here.


ROSES-22 Amendment 58: F.9 Citizen Science Seed Funding Program Revision

The Citizen Science Seed Funding Program (F.9 CSSFP) aims to support scientists and other experts to develop citizen science projects and to expand the pool of scientists who use citizen science techniques in their science investigations. Four Divisions of the SMD are participating in the CSSFP: the Astrophysics Division, the Biological and Physical Sciences Division, the Heliophysics Division, and the Planetary Science Division. All proposals must address one or more goal(s) or objective(s) relevant to at least one of these participating SMD divisions. The Earth Science Division is not participating.

Goddard will celebrate Earth science with presentations in October. These talks will not be recorded.

Tuesday, Oct. 11
Brian Campbell will talk about how NASA GLOBE Program volunteers, from students to
teachers to enthusiasts, have been taking tree height measurements and observations using
handheld clinometers and the NASA GLOBE Observer App Trees Tool. He will also highlight
the upcoming NASA GLOBE Trees Challenge 2022: Trees in a Changing Climate.

Tuesday, Oct. 11
Akiko Elders will talk about how remote sensing affords the opportunity to monitor and
evaluate data-scarce regions where field collection efforts are costly. A current project uses


NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will hold a community town hall on the NASA Science Career Path Tool at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Thursday, October 20. This town hall will be focused on the Science Career Path Tool, an interactive online tool that features five distinct science career tracks and summarizes the common roles across the NASA science workforce. The tool can assist scientists, managers, students, and prospective employees to NASA in their awareness of career opportunities, help plan and navigate careers, and determine training and development needs to better prepare them for different roles.

Members of SMD, the science community, academia, and the public are invited

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, October 18 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern as Jackie Faherty from the American Museum of Natural History tells us about the JWST will enhance our understanding of low mass stars, and exoplanets.

The James Webb Space Telescope is a game changer for astronomy. However, the influence that this momentous telescope has varies on each subfield.  One area of science that JWST will be particularly impactful is substellar astrophysics, or the study of objects that do not have stable hydrogen burning.  Often called brown dwarfs, these objects do not have enough mass to ignite

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