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On September 26, 2020, hundreds of thousands of people around the world participated in International Observe the Moon Night, an annual worldwide public engagement program that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to planetary science and exploration.

  • 3,775 events and observers registered worldwide (doubled 2019 registration)
  • moon.nasa.gov went from #39 to #14 among NASA's most-visited websites for September
  • @NASAMoon shared content...

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 3:00pm ET (8:00pm UTC, 9:00pm CET). Trees: The Lungs of the Earth. Trees are the lungs of our planet. Through photosynthesis they take up carbon dioxide and water and produce oxygen, a process that plays a critical role in the global carbon cycle. Come hear Dr. Erika Podest, a research scientist with the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California USA, discuss the carbon cycle, the role of trees in it, and how...

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020 @ 2:00pm EST (7:00pm UTC). Trees are Land Cover! Did you that all the trees that you see in your local environment are all part of the local land cover? Land cover data helps us understand how much of or what part of local regions to global locations are covered by landforms, trees and forests, wetlands, impervious surfaces, agriculture, and other land and water types. This webinar will feature Peder Nelson, Researcher and Instructor and GLOBE Observer Land Cover...

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Former SEES Interns participated in and won Amazon AWS hackathon (https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/buildforcovid19-global-online-hackathon/) that they participated in. Their project is titled COVID-19 Health Vulnerability Mapper - Access and Equity. It is posted at http://covid.shawsean.com. The SEES alums participating are Asha Karmaker, Sean Yang, Fiona Pollack, Iris Xia and Ethan McFarlin. 

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On October 15, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Scientists Dr. Ann Nguyen and Dr. Nicole Lunning shared an overview of the OSIRIS-REx mission at Bennu and a preview of the TAG (Touch-And-Go) event which occurred on October 20th.

The live event reached ~503 students and ~84 educators with an additional ~650 students and ~270 educators registered to watch the archive. Participants were from 35 states, Washington DC, Mexico, Spain, and...

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Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, October 29 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Kathy Campbell explore the what, how and why in the quest for ET life in the Solar System in the current and coming decades.

Little Green (Wo)Men are out; microbes are in. The search for life beyond Earth has recently accelerated since the lull following the Mars Viking missions in the 1970’s. Both the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ and Icy Worlds are receiving intense scrutiny. This talk will...

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, November 17 at 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern) to hear Carl Hergenrother update us on the OSIRIS-REx mission to asteroid Bennu.

OSIRIS-REx is a NASA New Frontiers-class mission to collect a sample of the carbonaceous near-Earth asteroid (101955) Bennu and return it to Earth for analysis. Over the past two years, OSIRIS-REx has studied the surface and near-space environment of Bennu in depth. This webinar will provide an update  on the progress of the...

MTS, GoMRI, IEEE-OES, NOAA and NASA are teaming up to offer a FREE virtual screening of “Picture a Scientist” from October 20 – 22nd. If you are not familiar with the documentary, the film challenges audiences to question their own implicit biases and brings diversity in science into sharp view at a critical time in an effort to move toward change.

In addition to the screening, you can participate in an interactive panel discussion led by women in ocean technology and science on October...

On October 3, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) scientist John Gruener shared his career path to NASA, including his inspiration as a young boy visiting a NASA center, as well as excitement about exploring the Moon.  The interactive presentation shared information about the past, present, and future exploration of the Moon and highlighted lunar science and the upcoming International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).

~110 live participants and ~380 archive...

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On December 4, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) team member Ben Feist shared his experience bringing together audio, transcripts, video, and imagery to create the Apollo in Real Time website.  The site enables users to experience Apollo missions as they occurred ~50 years ago.

~500 live participants and ~200 archive participants were involved in the event.  Participants were from 19 different states and Mexico and included students in grades 2 -...

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On a bright sunny morning on October 9 on the banks of the Maumee River, teacher Ms. Cynthia Madanski from McKinley STEMM Academy in Toledo Public Schools logs into Google Meets in her 7th grade Google Classroom. She and her students, working remotely, are conducting GLOBE Water Quality tests. Each student is assigned to be the expert on one of the GLOBE protocols and guides her through the process of doing the test. Students answer questions through the live video and participate in polls...

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Keeping Watch on Planet Earth

Live Webcast: October 15, 2020, 4 pm EDT

Promotional poster for "Keeping Watch on Planet Earth" webcast. Event title in white text on right of image. Below the title, are logos for OpenSpace and StarNet NASA @ My Library. On the left of the image is a visualization of the Earth from space created using the OpenSpace software.

Set a reminder and tune in on YouTube: https://youtu.be/p0LI9LS7o-Q​

Since its beginning, NASA has been watching Earth’s weather, atmospheric conditions, land use, and, over time, climate.

Join American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart for a live flight to view Earth as seen by satellites, and how its ecological system is divided into major life zones. 

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As an IOMN partner, Girl Scouts of the USA invited girls from local council astronomy clubs to submit a photo of the Moon and short video to encourage girls to participate in the International Observe the Moon Night on September 26th.

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  • 1,238 teachers/students registered for Red Sox Virtual STEM Day on September 29, 2020 which was led by NASA Goddard's Solar System Exploration Division (SSED).
  • The event consisted of a mix of demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and planetary-related videos alongside a live Q&A with Goddard SSED scientists and outreach professionals who answered 82 questions from students in the New England area.
  • The program is archived on the Red Sox YouTube channel and has 4,400+ views.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 9:00am EDT (1:00pm UTC, 3:00pm CET): Educators and Students Aligning Greenings and Tree Height: A Collaboration Between the European Phenology Campaign and the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. 

This webinar will highlight the collaboration between both campaigns, with a focus on taking tree height measurements/observations at the same time participants take greenings (green up/green down) measurements. The leads for the European Phenology...

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The next meeting of the NASA Astrophysics Advisory Committee will be held electronically Monday, October 19, 2020 through Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time each day.  

On Monday, October 19, the event address for attendees is:
https://nasaenterprise.webex.com/nasaenterprise/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8ac0c8ba6c20d6158a15014539ff4fe5, the event number is 199 918 6105, and event password is ixXyezN@783. 

On Tuesday, October 20, the event address for attendees is:

On September 26, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) connected with thousands of participants from around the world during NASA's International Observe the Moon Night Live Stream event. The event was led by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Five scientists from Astromaterials shared the work facilitated at NASA's Johnson Space Center. This included a virtual tour of our Apollo Lunar Laboratory, stories of Apollo samples, details on work with the Apollo Next...

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On September 19 and 22, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) hosted a virtual Girl Scout Badging Event with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) leading interactive activities. 

The 2-Session (4-hour) interactive event reached ~45 Girl Scout Cadettes from the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council, in the Houston, TX area. Cadettes completed activities to earn the Space Science Researcher Badge. Science Activation content, connections to Science Mission Directorate (SMD) science,...

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On August 25, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Scientist, Dr. Cindy Evans, shared her experiences searching for Meteorites in Antarctica as well as how these rocks from space contribute to ongoing research about our early solar system.

The event, facilitated by the Night Sky Network, reached ~420 live participants. Participants were from 93 different amateur astronomy clubs.

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On June 9, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Mars Scientist, Dr. Elizabeth Rampe, shared an overview of the Curiosity Rover and a preview of the Mars 2020 Mission.

The event reached ~160 live participants and 110+ archived participants across 43 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Morocco, and South Africa. Numerous Science Activation partner audiences were reached including classroom teachers connected with ASU Infiniscope, Solar System...

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On April 24 & 29, 2020, Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) scientists Andrea Meado & Andy Britton shared how NASA & the world observe Earth from space using astronaut images.

April 24: reached ~111 live and ~136+ archived participants across 30 states, Mexico, and Haiti; April 29: reached ~55 live participants and 54+ archived participants across 29 states, Puerto Rico, and France. Numerous Science Activation partner audiences were reached including classroom teachers,...

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On March 11, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Deputy Apollo Curator, Dr. Juliane Gross, shared details about how lunar sample investigations, including ANGSA & the recently opened core sample, studies of other Apollo samples & meteorites continue to contribute to knowledge about the Moon.

The event reached ~485 student and educator live participants and 504+ archived participants across 18 states. Numerous Science Activation partner audiences were reached...

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The Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Team, in partnership with the NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC), participated in a launch exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA’s Solar Orbiter Launch in February 2020.

The three day event took place from February 6-8th under the Atlantis Shuttle Exhibit reaching over 800 visitors.

To help showcase the Solar Orbiter Mission & highlight other missions to...

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The Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) provides hands-on activity sessions and opportunities to connect with NASA content and experts, took place at Space Center Houston from February 6-9, 2020.  

The Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) Science Engagement Team reached 200+ educators: 

  • Conducting a Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk Certification workshop as a pre-conference opportunity.
  • Participating in the SEEC Expo, in collaboration with other Science...

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On January 28, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) meteorite processor, Curtis Calva, shared an overview of the work he does in NASA's Antarctic Meteorite Curation Laboratory. The event reached ~317 live participants and 400+ archived participants across 17 states and Mexico. Participants include classroom students and educators ranging from grades 3-12, in addition to a number of Solar System Ambassadors.

Feedback: "I liked hearing Curtis' story about what he...

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