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During the Week of July 16-20, Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline through support from SMD and OSTEM round 15 regional challenges commerorating the 50th Anniversary of the Landing of Apollo 11. The overall impact of the program is summarized through overall statistics of the program and the best video and a national news article.


Please join us for the next webinar from the 2018-2019 Lecture Series in Climate Change – Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics

Date: Tuesday February 19th 2019

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm EST

• Projections of Future Drought by Jennifer Aminzade

• Lightning and Climate Change by Colin Price

Webinar Registration Link:


Webinar Series: Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics:

Tuesday, November 13 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. 

The topics and presenters on November 13th are: 

Explaining Climate by Andrew Lacis
The Role of Clouds in Climate by Anthody D. Del Genio

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These presentations are hosted by CCRUN, a NOAA RISA Team, that is drawn from the recent book, Our Warming Planet: Topics in...


The Arizona State University Infiniscope Team participated in the NASA booth at the American Library Association National Conference in Chicago in June 2017. Our team showcased our newest digital learning experiences for the librarians offering them free, engaging activities that use NASA data for their audiences. Librarians were also invited to join our Infiniscope Teaching Network to be able to customize these experiences for their local areas.


From: Dr. Ellen E. Lettvin  Email:
Robert Noyce Senior Fellow in Informal STEM Learning
US Department of Education/Office of Innovation and Improvement
400 Maryland Ave SW, Office 4W345
Washington, DC 20202
Office Phone: 202-260-0823

The U.S. Department of Education issued an updated Dear Colleague Letter on January 18, 2017 to states, school districts, schools and education partners on how to maximize federal funds to support and enhance innovative science,...

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Thomas Zurbuchen as the new associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, effective Monday, Oct. 3.

Zurbuchen is a professor of space science and aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also is the university’s founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering. Zurbuchen’s experience includes research in solar and heliospheric...

NASA has announced the winners of two challenges to create new concepts for construction and human habitation on future space exploration missions, including the agency’s journey to Mars.

The Space Suit Textile Testing and In-Situ Materials Challenges, managed for NASA by NineSigma, launched in October 2015 under the umbrella of the NASA Tournament Lab, yielded innovative concepts for spacesuit testing and in-situ building materials use for habitat construction.

“These two challenges...


Point of contact: David Weaver, Office of Communications, NASA Headquarters, 202-358-1600

Presidential Proclamation -- Women's History Month, 2016

Throughout history, women have driven humanity forward on the path to a more equal and just society, contributing in innumerable ways to our character and progress as a people.  In the face of discrimination and undue hardship, they...

NASA GSFC Office of Education is currently seeking graduate students to participate in the year long NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative internship program located at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. 

Program Description: The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative – CCRI is a year long internship opportunity for graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project associated with the science...

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On December 2-3, 2014, the Space Studies Board and the Board on Science Education of the National Research Council held a workshop on the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) education program - "Sharing the Adventure with the Student." The workshop brought together representatives of the space science and science education communities to discuss maximizing the...

NASA Research and Education Support Services (NRESS) is seeking persons willing to serve as peer reviewers for a program element listed under Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 entitled, NASA MUREP Other Opportunities (MOO). Information about this opportunity, proposal requirements and evaluation criteria can be found on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website at EONS: MUREP Other Opportunities (MOO).

Peer review is a...

The Virtual Pre-Proposal Conference in reference to the Science Mission Directorate Education CAN, scheduled for February 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time,​ has been canceled because the Federal Government is closed due to inclement weather. The conference will be re-scheduled at a later date.

Please check the NSPIRES site for updates.  An agenda and PowerPoints for the canceled session are available on the NSPIRES website.

On February 4, 2015, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) soliciting team-based proposals for SMD science education for community review and comment. The final text will be downloadable from the NSPIRES web page at by selecting Solicitations and searching for NASA Science Education or NNH15ZDA004C.

(CAN-specific link:

imageBecause of inclement weather in the Washington area, NASA's Fiscal Year 2015 budget media briefing on Tuesday, March 4 now will be a teleconference. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and NASA Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Robinson will brief reporters starting at 2 p.m. EST.

Media can participate by dialing into a phone bridge instead of having to be in person at a NASA center.

Audio and visuals from the media teleconference will be carried live on NASA's Internet homepage and on...

NASA has released its guidance for doing education and public outreach in the 2014 Federal Fiscal Year with funds from the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Heliophysics division. It is attached.

Note that you can find impacts on students, teachers and the public from these Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs here:


Planetary geologist Ellen Stofan has been named the agency’s new chief scientist, effective Aug. 25. Stofan will be the principal advisor to NASA Administration Charles Bolden, helping to shape the agency’s science program and planning. Prior to her appointment, Stofan was vice president of Proxemy Research in Laytonsville, Md., and an honorary professor in the department of Earth sciences at University College London. For more information, please visit

Welcome to NASA SMD E/PO Headquarters Documents! Here you will find finalized documents from NASA Science Mission Directorate Headquarters organized by category. Click on a document folder below or on the left sidebar to get started.

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has a rich history of bringing NASA's science discoveries - from explorations of our home planet Earth to studies of distant stars and galaxies - to the public. The SMD E/PO community engages and educates youths and...

Explanatory Guides to SMD E/PO Evaluation Factors are available for use in proposal preparation for Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) element E.4 (Education and Public Outreach Opportunities in Earth and Space Science). The ROSES solicitation may be found at:{01BFD3EE-87EF-FC55-1F52-EB37A9F139F0}&path=open

The Guides are located...