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- Over 200 children and their families attended the Walter Reed Holiday Party held December 8th in Bethesda, MD. This event has been held annually for the past 30 years and is an opportunity to bring joy to children with cancer.
- Staci Tiedeken of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center discussed the OSIRIS-REx mission and had various Earth rocks and meteorites for visitors to analyze and explore.
InSight’s successful landing was celebrated around the world, on social media, and in many lively events. In Times Square in NYC, the event was shared on the large screen. Dozens of NASA Solar System Ambassadors, Museum Alliance, and Night Sky Network astronomy club members joined Mike Massimino and NASA staff on the NASDAQ floor to ring the closing bell.Download
Over 1100 events and lunar observers registered participation in 75 countries and all 50 US states. This is almost double the registered participation from 2017, the previous record.Download
In the spring of 2018, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Public Engagement Team from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center transferred content for the International Observe the Moon Night website from observethemoonnight.orgto moon.nasa.gov/observe, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Planetary Communications team. This partnership proved very successful. Web developers at MooreBoeckand web managers at JPL provided expertise on user experience design while the LRO Public Engagement team...Download
- Over 4000 people attended GeekGirlCon in Seattle, Washington on October 27 & 28
- GeekGirlCon is an inclusive convention that celebrates the geek in everyone and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology
- Staci Tiedeken of ADNET Systems, Inc. and NASA GSFC organized the “Careers at NASA: From Mission Operations to Public Engagement” panel which included six female NASA GSFC scientists, engineers, and public engagement specialists
Exploring the Moon Webinar and 3-Way Virtual Connection with NASA Centers on International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).
A live webinar event designed to generate excitement about InOMN and lunar science was facilitated on October 17, 2018. Johnson Space Center (JSC) Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) scientist John Gruener was the lead SME. ~1500 participants attended the live event with an additional 3000+ expected to be reached through the archive. Participants...Download
- Over 200 people attended the Fort Belvoir Star Party held October 10th in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
- Andrea Jones of the Planetary Science Institute and NASA GSFC and Staci Tiedeken of ADNET Systems, Inc. and NASA GSFC discussed International Observe the Moon Night, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, and lunar science and exploration with visitors.
- Military members and their families were also able to learn about different types of telescopes and do some terrestrial observing.
International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to observe and learn about the Moon together, and to celebrate the cultural and personal connections we all have with our nearest neighbor.
The event occurs in September or October, when the Moon is around first quarter. A first quarter Moon is visible in...
- Over 30,000 people attended the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Space & Science Festival held September 20-23 in New York City.
- Andrea Jones of the Planetary Science Institute and NASA GSFC and Staci Tiedeken of ADNET Systems, Inc. and NASA GSFC discussed lunar science and exploration, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, and International Observe the Moon Night with visitors.
- Festival goers were able to touch terrestrial analogs of lunar rock types, feel 3D models of the...
- This past August, Andrea Jones and Staci Tiedeken, both of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division, spoke about planetary science and exploration at two local libraries in support of the AAAS-organized Summer of Science.
- Jones led a program at Beatley Central Library in Alexandria, VA; Tiedeken spoke with visitors at Long Branch Library in Silver Spring, MD.
- Roughly 50 people attended these events and learned about Goddard’s contributions to planetary...
One of our CCRI teachers Nicole Dulaney recently created a unit plan (9-12) that passed SMD product review and is available for national distribution. Please distribute to your relevant teacher networks. All questions and feedback are welcome.
Earth’s Energy Budget is a unit plan designed for high school students grades 9 – 12 with access to computers, NASA GISS Panoply software, and RStudio. This unit takes approximately three weeks to complete. The goal of this unit is for the students...
- Over 1500 people attended the Night Sky Festival held August 10-12 at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado.
- Staci Tiedeken of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center represented the Solar System Exploration Division at the festival. She discussed the OSIRIS-REx mission and had various meteorites and Earth rocks for attendees to analyze and explore.
- Representatives from James Webb Space Telescope and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera were also present, and festival...
Over 5400 people joined in celebrating the 49th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing at the Bowie Baysox baseball game on July 20th. Upon entry into the stadium, baseball goers were greeted with astronaut cutouts which they could take their pictures with. They were also able to explore a variety of other activities, including:
- Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Moon
- Properties of meteorites and terrestrial rocks
- Living in space - astronaut food
- Citizen science with...
We have started our series of summer camps in underserved regions and they are getting attention. See the local news acticle at
On May 30, 2018, NASA scientists and public engagement professionals shared NASA science with 4,200students and teachers from 58 schools acrossthe Boston area at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Students discovered a wide array of NASA careers, observed the Sun through a solar telescope, explored a supernova in virtual reality, launched water bottle rockets, and listened to Astronaut Sunita Williams share her experiences in space. Goddard Planetary Scientist Maria Banks wowed...Download
STEM Day at Fenway Park was held in Boston, MA on May 30, 2018 and reached ~4000 students and educators. This cross-collaborative effort, led by NASA GSFC, enabled Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from a variety of organizations to share rich science content reflecting NASA research & exploration.
NASA Astromaterials scientists Dave Draper & Liz Rampe presented their research to a packed stadium of participants.
The NASA Astromaterials tables enabled participants to observe and hold...Download
NASA Astromaterials connected audiences with authentic and unique NASA assets including STEM experts, astromaterial samples, and curation labs. Sharing these assets within the context of exciting NASA Events & programs provided relevance, enthusiasm, and STEM career awareness.Download
On April 19–20, scientists and outreach professionals from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in an Earth Day event at Union Station in Washington, D.C. Travelers, school groups, and the public had the opportunity to learn about NASA Earth and planetary science at this pop-up booth style event. Our contributions to the event included Hyperwall presentations and hands-on activities focusing on the Earth and Moon, Titan, and...Download
From April 6–8, 2018, NASA scientists and outreach professionals participated in the USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The Solar System Exploration Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center hosted two booths at the event, both organized by Andrea Jones of the Planetary Science Institute and NASA GSFC. The booths featured Goddard’s support of lunar and martian science and exploration. At the Moon table, visitors learned...Download
From March 30 to April 1, 2018, NASA scientists and outreach professionals from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center participated in AwesomeCon, Washington, D.C.’s ComicCon, with an estimated attendance of 67,000 people.Dawn Myers of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission led the effort on behalf of NASA. At the booth in the exhibit hall, visitors learned about lunar topography and moon landing sites with LRO, terrestrial elevations from the ICESat-2 mission, and the Global...Download
Wednesday, April 18–Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and 6:00–10:00 p.m. Thursday (Ages 18+)
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio, The Exploratorium, San Francisco
Join NASA and Exploratorium scientists to learn all about the InSight Lander mission, the first to focus on examining the deep interior of Mars. Launching in May 2018, it will be the very first interplanetary launch from the West Coast.
InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat...
The Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative supported GLOBE-trainee Amanda Clapp with a GLOBE field day for her students, centered around atmosphere protocols.Download