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The Lunar and Planetary Institute's Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series presents:

The Adventures of OSIRIS-REx: Journey to Asteroid Bennu and Daring Sample Return

Thursday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. (CDT)

In the year 2135, the asteroid, Bennu, will make a close approach to Earth. Although this near-Earth object will not pose a danger to our planet at that time, Bennu is considered a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA). In 2016, NASA sent the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to Bennu. After spending...

The Lunar and Planetary Institute's Virtual Exploration Experiences with Planetary Scientists (VEEPS) presents

Venus: Cloudy with a Chance of Lava Flows
Wednesday, September 22, 6:00 p.m. CDT

Why is Venus so different from Earth? Despite being our closest neighbor in the solar system, we still have a lot to learn about this mysterious planet. Venus’ super-hot surface is cloaked in thick clouds that make it difficult to observe. Recently, NASA selected two missions that will study...

Over the years, I have published topical guides to useful resources for astronomy education on a variety of websites, inculding those of several NASA projects. I got a request recently to consolidate the current guides in one convenient place, so people can find the (darn) things.  

So I have given each current guide a short URL and listed them all on one sheet.  

You can find the list now at: http://bit.ly/fraknoiguides 

New among them are:

1. An updated guide to the work of...

We would like to share about the New York Academy of Sciences’ Scientist-in-Residence program (SIR), which pairs science mentors with NYC public school educators and supports them in creating and implementing a year-long research project.

SiR is open to graduate students, postdocs, and STEM professionals who are interested in volunteering in a classroom, mentoring students and sharing their passion for the sciences. 

Important links:

Website: www.nyas.org/sir

Application deadline...

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What are the tools needed for collecting samples? What is the training needed to prepare for this type of exploration? Hear and learn from Kelsey Young, a research space scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Trevor Graff, who has participated in five Mars missions and is the chief scientist at NASA Johnson Space Center’s Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division, who are on the front lines planning, designing tools, and developing methods and science objectives...

Happy Monday!  Just a note to remind y'all about the many exciting NASA-related events in CitSciVirtual still ahead this month!

https://citizenscience.org/home/events/conferences/citscivirtual/

May 11, 1:30-3pm ET "Understanding your air quality using available sensor and satellite data" Karmann Mills (RTI International), et al. 

May 12, 12-1:30pm ET "Understanding your air quality using available sensor and satellite data" Karmann Mills (RTI International), et al.

May 12,...

Announcing CitSciCon!

May 21 and May 22, 2021 8:00am Pacific |11:00am Eastern - 4:00pm Pacific | 7:00pm Eastern

Free, open-door, series of online, interactive events for the public featuring 10 minute talks from most of NASA's citizen science projects, and exciting guest speakers like Phil Plait, Chis Lintott, Science Friday and more!   

Come to scistarter.org/NASA and preregister!  Please help us spead the word to your community!  

This first-of-its-kind online event series...

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Please share with your K-12 Education Networks

GBH Science Activation Webinar: Strategies for Supporting English Learners in Science – Grades 6–12

March 25, 2021; 7–8 pm ET

Webinar Objectives:

  • Explore principles for engaging English learners in science instruction

  • Learn about GBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms collection of Earth, space, and physical science resources, produced in collaboration with NASA, and how to use them to  support English learners...

Please share with your K-12 Education networks.

GBH Webinar: Strategies for Supporting English Learners in Science - Grades K-5

March 23, 2021; 7-8pm ET

Webinar Objectives:

  • Explore principles for engaging English learners in science instruction

  • Learn about GBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms Earth, space and physical science resources, produced in collaboration with NASA, and how to use them to support English learners in your classroom

  • Hear ...

NASA’s new Planetary Analogs website introduces planetary analog field work to broad audiences. Verbal and visual storytelling convey Earth’s role in helping scientists to understand our solar system’s past, present, and future. Visit the site: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/planetary-analogs.

Initial content, published in February 2021, emphasizes geologic analogs. Examples of mission analogs and astrobiology analogs, with links to existing NASA websites focused on these topics,...

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Convener: Manoj Nair (manoj.c.nair@noaa.gov)
Co-Conveners: Edgar Bering (spacephy@Central.UH.EDU) | Raju Sakar (rajusarkar.cst@rub.edu.bt) | Hannah Rogers (h.f.rogers@sms.ed.ac.uk) | Tereza Kameníková (kamenitka@gmail.com)


This symposium calls for papers describing innovations in geoscience instruction methods, citizen science initiatives and community learning efforts. Papers are welcome on all aspects of education and citizen-science including methodology, data collection, data...

Join the NASA eClips Team at the Virtual Children's Engineering Convention to learn how to use remote engineering and collaborate virtually to design and test spaghetti towers. Participants will learn by doing. We will model how to use the 7E model, the engineering design process, and virtual collaboration like NASA scientists and engineers.

Learn more about the 25th Annual Children's Engineering Convention.

Making Our Way to Mars: Journey Through Space with NASA Astronauts

1-2 pm EST, February 17, 2021

Livestream open to all! Tune in on YouTube: https://youtu.be/zRuSZxLCgm4

Event webpage: https://stemaction.usra.edu/programs/making-our-way-to-mars/event-lineup/journey-through-space-with-nasa-astronauts/

Perseverance, NASA's newest and most advanced rover, is on target to land on Mars on February 18, 2021. How did it get there and what might it reveal about our nearest planetary...

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' annual Astronomy Days will be virtual this year, with seven days of astronomical programming! Join NCMNS, the Raleigh Astronomy Club, and NASA Langley Research Center to discover the big picture of the universe. There's something for space enthusiasts of all ages! Visit the official event website for full details, including all programs and member benefits: bit.ly/AstronomyDays2020

There will be three presentations using

Astronomy Online: Secrets of Saturn

Virtual family-friendly program from American Museum of Natural History

January 8, 2021, 1 pm EST

Saturn as visualized in OpenSpace.

Why do our planets form a disk around the Sun? The NASA Cassini mission revealed that Saturn is a natural laboratory for investigating this question and even helped to demonstrate how new solar systems form around far-away stars.

Find out about Cassini’s discoveries with American Museum of Natural History Curator Denton Ebel and planetary...

NASA’s astromaterials sample collections, which include a library of Apollo lunar and Antarctic meteorite samples, are now offered online through a new virtual exploration tool for scientific researchers and the public. The Astromaterials 3D Explorer site offers an unprecedented research tool to engage the public in a new way to explore the significance of NASA’s space rock collections.

Read more here.

Virtual Programs with NASA Scientists were conducted to create memorable experiences, by providing opportunities for patrons to “meet” and engage in meaningful two-way discussions with scientists. Initial evaluation (surveys, polls, interviews) found that the programs benefited the library staff, scientists, and patrons.

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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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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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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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  • 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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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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