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NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) attended the 2019 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference in Las Vegas..

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  • Over one hundred people attended the Lunar Palooza portion of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, TX on March 17th.
  • Scientists and public engagement specialists from NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, and the Science Festival Alliance at MIT discussed lunar science and exploration, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, and International Observe the Moon Night with participants.
  • Attendees were able to...

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The NASA eClips™ Team will attend the  Virginia Homeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair March 22-23, 2019 at the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. The team will engage families in trivia games about common science misconceptions. This informal group will be invited to sign up to produce NASA Spotlite videos. NASA Spotlites are 90 to 120 second videos that correct common science misconceptions. 

Link to VA Homeschoolers Website - 

A webinar facilitated by NASA Astromaterials, Paige Graff, at the Johnson Space Center on February 13, 2019 brought students, educators, Solar System Ambassadors, Challenger Centers & more into NASA's Stardust Curation Lab.  Participants came from 22 states, Mexico and Australia.

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NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Webinars

The Magnetic Tail of Mars

Mars has a unique magnetic tail compared to other planets in our solar system. The MAVEN mission has demonstrated how the Martian magnetotail becomes twisted by its interaction with the solar wind. Join us as Dr. Gina DiBraccio from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center describes what makes the Martian magnetic environment so different from other planets, and how processes in its magnetotail may contribute to atmospheric escape...

Attached is a nugget about Radio JOVE's Historic Marker Project that is featured in local video.

 

Best,

Shannon

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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: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/abe40061c3cd0d6bd746f627e8486654

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JA12 - Innovation in Geoscience Education, Outreach and Citizen Science (IAGA, IAHS, IAPSO, IASPEI)

 

Convener: Manoj Nair (USA, IAGA)

Co-Conveners: Rick Saltus (USA, IAGA), Edgar Bering  (USA, IAGA), Barbara Leichter (Austria, IAGA), Christophe Cudennec (France, IAHS), Isabelle Ansorge (South Africa, IAPSO), Laura Gallardo (Chile, IAMAS), Raju Sarkar (Bhutan, IASPEI), Paul Danton (UK, IASPEI), John Taber (USA, IASPEI)

 

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I am writing to solicit applications to give a presentation at the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) 2019 General Assembly Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop. The workshop is scheduled for July 15-17, 2019, at the 2019 General Assembly (GA) of IUGG. The GA will be held in the Palais des Congrès in Montréal, Québec, Canada. The GIFT workshop typically is attended by 50-75 educators, primarily middle and high school teachers, but...

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NASA’s Moon Data Sheds Light on Earth’s Asteroid – Jan 17, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtPFCwGDa8s

By analyzing data on lunar craters provided by the Diviner instrument aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists have made a fascinating discovery about the history of impacts on both the Earth and the Moon. Thenumber of asteroid impacts to the Moon and Earth increased by two to three times starting around 290 million years ago, researchers reported in a January 18 paper...

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We regret that due to the federal shutdown, we must postpone next week’s MAVEN webinar on The Magnetic Tail of Mars by NASA scientist Dr. Gina DiBraccio. We will reschedule it once the shutdown ends and Dr. DiBraccio’s schedule permits.

Previous recorded MAVEN webinars and form to subscribe to future MAVEN announcements are available online at http://bit.ly/MAVENOW.

Question: The US government is partially shut down, what does that mean for awards made under Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) Solicitation: NNH15ZDA010C?

Answer: NASA is currently closed due to a lapse in Government funding. Most civil servants are on furlough status; therefore unable to respond to messages. The civil servants at NASA Headquarters, Wallops, Ames, Armstrong, Langley, Kennedy, etc. who work the USIP CAN are not available...

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.

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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.

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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...

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Since 2007, Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) four science divisions (Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics) at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, have supported graduate student-initiated research through the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships (NESSF). In 2018, however, SMD is inviting proposals for graduate student research via a new solicitation entitled "Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology" (FINESST)...

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

Register Now: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/9d62f5a1bf2f61b44ac87b605f06faf5



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

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  • 404 participants attended the NASA GSFC Visitor Center’s International Observe the Moon Night event on Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • 65 volunteers, including members of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team, representatives from across NASA science and engineering divisions, communications specialists, and local high school students helped make it an outstanding event
  • Event included:
    • Telescope viewing, supported by the Goddard Astronomy Club
    • Hands-on...

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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...

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  • 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.

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Announcement for Proposals (AFP) For a Partnership Agreement Related to Science Engagement Opportunities for the NASA Mars 2020 Project (NNH18ZDA016K)

Point of Contact: George Tahu; Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters: hqmars2020namingproposals@mail.nasa.gov.

This AFP solicits proposals to define, organize, and execute a contest for U.S. K-12 students to select a name for the Mars 2020 rover launching in 2020 on a non-reimbursable, i.e., no-exchange-of-funds, basis. The Mars...

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  • 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...

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has published a Request for Information (RFI) for Inputs to the Science Mission Directorate Strategic Plan for Scientific Data and Computing (NNH18ZDA017L).

 The NASA Science Mission Directorate requests information, comments and suggestions to assist in the development of a Strategic Plan for Scientific Data and Computing. RFI NNH18ZDA017L solicits input from all stakeholders, including but not limited to members of scientific...

Funding Opportunity Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) NNH18ZDA018C Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) have released the third Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) as NNH18ZDA018C.

SSERVI CAN-3 NNH18ZDA018C invites the submission...

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