Brian Day

Brian Day
Contact Information
Organization:Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute
NASA Ames Research Center
Mail Stop 17-1
Moffet Field, CA 94035-0001
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Brian Day is the Lead for Lunar and Planetary Mapping and Modeling, as well as Lead for Citizen Science and Outreach at NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). As program office project manager for Lunar and Planetary Mapping and Modeling, he oversees data visualization and analysis tools designed for mission planning, planetary science, education, and public outreach.  In his citizen science role, he coordinates programs with internal and external partnering organizations, focusing on providing opportunities for students and the public to directly participate in NASA science and exploration. From 2010-2014, Brian served as the Education/Public Outreach Lead for NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission to the Moon, which flew through and studied the Moon’s tenuous atmosphere. From 2007-2010 he served as the E/PO Lead for NASA’s LCROSS lunar impactor mission which discovered deposits of water ice at the Moon’s South Pole. Brian has participated in various NASA Mars Analog Field Studies, supporting scientific research and robotic rover tests in extreme environments here on Earth. In 2007, he flew on the Aurigid-MAC mission to record fragments of comet Kiess entering Earth’s upper atmosphere. Brian is a frequently-requested speaker at local schools and community organizations. As a member of NASA’s Speakers Bureau, he is sent by NASA to give talks on a wide range of NASA missions and research topics.

Professional Information
Primary Forum:Planetary Science
My SMD Projects:

Online web portals (including Moon Trek, Vesta Trek, and Mars Trek) that allow for analysis and visualization of lunar and planetary surfaces as seen through the eyes of many different instruments aboard many different spacecraft. These portals support mission planning, planetary science, education, and public outreach. 

Citizen Science efforts including "Fireballs in the Sky", which allows citizen scientists to record and submit observations of fireballs as part of the Desert Fireball Network

Outreach programs including International Observe the Moon Night, which organizes annual Moon viewing and activity sessions at hundreds of sites around the world.

My Professional Societies:

American Geophysical Union
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Planetary Society
Mars Society
Society for Astronomical Sciences