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209 school and public librarians from 37 states and D.C. were excited join the Infiniscope Digital Teaching Network. Librarians were recruited during Hyperwall talks and demonstrations held within the NASA booth at American Library Association in Washington, D.C. from June 21-24, 2019.
Librarians from across the country discovered the free resources available to complement their summer and after school programming. These librarians were specifically excited about visualizations and...Download
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NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Webinars Measuring Methane on Mars
Methane is an important gas in Earth’s atmosphere, released by volcanoes and excreted by many living organisms, including microbes. Several missions at Mars have found evidence for methane in its atmosphere, including a recent short-lived plume of methane measured by the Curiosity rover. Join us on September 18 as Dr. Paul Mahaffy, Principal Investigator of MAVEN’s Neutral Gas and Ion...
- On June 26th, over 200 military members and their families learned about the Moon 2024 campaign, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, the upcoming 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, and general lunar science from outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division.
- Participants attending the Ft. Belvoir USO Sun Party also learned about aeronautics from NASA HQ and telescopes/optics from the Goddard Astronomy Club.
Astrophysicist Juna Kollmeier received cheers and applause on the TED stage when she used OpenSpace to share her team’s work on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The team is working to map millions of stars, black holes, and galaxies in unprecedented detail. See her talk: https://bit.ly/2I4Nyw3Download
Recent collaborations between NASA’s Solar System Treks (SSTP) and NASA’s Italian and Japanese partners helped advance NASA’s international partnerships and provided valued assistance in our partners’ STEM engagement.
Focusing on the Moon with Italy
The Italian Space Agency (ASI) requested that SSTP participate in and present at their Apollo Anniversary public celebration at the Civic Museum in Rovereto, Italy on May 18. Emily Law, SSTP Development and Engineering Lead, gave a...Download
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) has a new online resource available for the Moon’s south pole (www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/lunar-south-pole-atlas/). Given NASA’s recent direction to implement Space Policy Directive-1 landing astronauts at the south pole by 2024, the LPI has compiled a series of maps, images, and illustrations designed to provide context and reference for those interested in exploring this area.
Institutions planning Apollo 50th / Moon 2 Mars events for July may find...
431 science teachers from 42 states, D.C, and US Virgin Islands were excited join the Infiniscope Digital Teaching Network. Teachers were recruited during Hyperwall talks and demos held within the NASA booth at NSTA in St. Louis, Missouri from April 11-14, 2019.
Teachers were surveyed to determine how they typically make data-driven decisions in the classroom. In talking with these science teachers, they were enthusiastic about Infiniscope because it offers STEM-focused activities that...Download
On May 22, 2019, scientists and public engagement professionals from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division and Office of Communications shared NASA planetary science with 1,500 students and teachers at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, MD. Students discovered how to tell the difference between a meteorite and an Earth rock, explored the crustal magnetic field of Mars, suggested potential future lunar landing sites for NASA, and constructed their own NASA rocket...Download
- On May 18th, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) talked to participants at the Prince George’s Philharmonic performance.
- The evening’s featured work was Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
- GSFC SSED provided two exhibits which greeted audience members as they arrived:
- Moon & Mars
- Mars crustal...
- Moon & Mars
Are you a scientist planning to submit a JWST proposal in Cycle 1? Are you interested in serving your community as a local JWST expert during proposal-planning season (Jan-Apr 2020)? Then please consider applying to the JWST Master Class.
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) will host approximately 25 participants for a 4.5-day, in-depth Master Class in Baltimore, MD on November 18-22, 2019. The Master Class will include topics related to James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) proposal...
NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) attended the MLA/DLA annual conference May 1-3, 2019 in Cambridge, MD.Download
Death Valley’s unique landscape and dark skies help us glimpse and better understand the wonders beyond our world. The Death Valley Dark Sky Festival celebrates these resources and the rich heritage of NASA science and engineering research conducted in the park. The 2019 event drew about 2,500 visitors, with positive reports from visitors, scientists, and rangers involved. The event is a collaboration of NASA, the National Park Service, the Death Valley Natural HIstory Association, and many...Download
Please join us for the next MAVEN webinar on June 26, 7pm EDT/ 6 CDT/ 5 MDT/ 4 pm PDT. All are welcome to attend these public webinars.
NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Webinars
Getting Cozy with Mars: MAVEN’s Aerobraking Campaign
The MAVEN spacecraft has successfully completed an aerobraking campaign, lowering the highest altitude of the satellite’s orbit to better transmit data from present and future Martian rovers and landers, while continuing its observations of the Martian atmosphere....
- On May 4, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in the Planet Walk event on the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail.
- Walkers, runners, and bikers had the opportunity to learn about the planets, asteroids, and the Sun at activity tables that were stationed along a scale model of the solar system.
- A 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing astronomy café followed the daytime activities.
- On April 26–28, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in Awesome Con (Washington, D.C.’s version of Comic-Con).
- Dawn Myers of the Restore-L mission lead the NASA GSFC booth while Staci Tiedeken was lead coordinator for the Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) portion.
- 2019 GSFC SSED panels:
- Small Steps and Giant Leaps: The Past, Present, and Future of NASA’s Exploration of the Moon
- On April 22–23, scientists and outreach professionals from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in the 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 include:
- Hands-On Activities:
- Exploring Earth’s Neighbor: The Moon
- Space Rocks – (OSIRIS-REx...
International Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation and appreciation of the Moon. All are invited to observe the Moon, learn about NASA planetary science and exploration, and celebrate cultural and personal connections to our nearest neighbor. Each year, thousands of people participate at museums, planetaria, schools, universities, observatories, parks, businesses, and backyards...
A cooperative agreement led by The Astronomical League, to bring the Sky Puppies Observing Program to adults and children. The Sky Puppy Observing Program provides a way for adults to share with youth the wonders of the Universe and to introduce them to the basic information about astronomy and the solar system.
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) scientists participated in the April 13, 2019 “Owls in Space Symposium” at Rice University. They spoke with university students and current NASA and commercial space professionals during the networking event attended by Rice alumnus NASA Administrator James Bridenstine.
As part of an ongoing effort to develop and maintain relationships with underrepresented minority students, Infiniscope joined Heard Elementary in Phoenix, AZ by special invitation to engage and excite more than 300 students in exploration of the newest digital learning experiences. Examples include:
- Mars InSight experience
- Star life cycle explorer
- Moon phases augmented reality (AR) explorer
Over the last 3 years, Heard Elementary School students have engaged with Infiniscope...Download
NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) attended the 2019 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference in Las Vegas..Download