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Liftoff! Juno Mission Launched to Jupiter & Updates
On August 5, 2011 NASA's Juno mission successfully launched on its five-year journey to Jupiter. The launch of Juno offers a fun recap of liftoff! Juno continues its journey through the solar system, bound for Jupiter but on course for a flyby of Earth in 2013, to get a gravity assist to boost its speed, saving time, propellant, and money. Two maneuvers, performed in July and September 2012, placed Juno on course for its Earth flyby, which will occur as the spacecraft is completing one elliptical orbit around the Sun. The Earth flyby will boost Juno’s velocity by 16,330 miles (26,280 kilometers) per hour, placing the spacecraft on its final flight path for Jupiter. The closest approach to Earth will occur on October 9, 2013, and Juno will arrive at Jupiter on July 4, 2016.
NASA's New Worlds, New Discoveries
The Martian year that marked the initial dates for the Year of the Solar System (YSS) is over, but the salute to current NASA missions and the past 50 years of Solar System Exploration will continue to offer ways for you to get involved with NASA’s ground-breaking science discoveries through YSS: New Worlds, New Discoveries!
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil
Smithsonian Education offers a fascinating online exploration of Earth’s soil with its "Dig It! The Secrets of Soil" exhibition, including information, videos, expert instruction, and activity sheets: http://forces.si.edu/soils/.
Resource: "A User's Guide to the Universe" Videos Online
Archived versions of the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Exploration Lecture Series are available online. We recommend viewing the following (and most recent) series on the topic “A User's Guide to the Universe: You Live Here. Here's What You Need to Know.”
Mars Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited For Ancient Life
An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) 2013!
On October 12, 2013, lunar enthusiasts around the world will turn their telescopes towards the Moon in celebration of International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)! It's a great night for everyone to get out and observe under the same Moon together.
New Set of Explore Science Activities
We are excited to announce a new set of Explore hands-on science activities has been added to the website! Explore: Life on Mars? will introduce children to and engage them in the science of life in the universe (i.e., astrobiology) and Mars.
LADEE LIFTS OFF for the MOON!
After a spectacular launch at 11:27 p.m. ET on September 6th, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft was successfully placed by the Minotaur V rocket into an elliptic orbit around Earth, as the start of our journey to the moon!
NASA MAVEN Prepares to Launch for Mars!
MAVEN: What Happened to Mars? A Planetary Mystery
Mars was once on track to become a thriving Earth-like planet, yet today it is an apparently lifeless wasteland. A NASA spacecraft named MAVEN will soon journey to Mars to find out what went wrong on the Red Planet.
NASA Brings 'Big Data' to the Cloud
NASA Brings Earth Science 'Big Data' to the Cloud
Climate change projections for the United States, such as the data shown in the image of average springtime temperature changes by the 2090s, will be available on the cloud through an agreement with Amazon Web Services. This data was produced by the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX), a research platform of the NASA Advanced Supercomputer Facility at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.
NASA and Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) of Seattle, Wash., are making a large collection of NASA climate and Earth science satellite data available to research and educational users through the AWS cloud. The system enhances research and educational opportunities for the U.S. geoscience community by promoting community-driven research, innovation and collaboration.
GLOBE at Night Citizen Science
GLOBE at Night Citizen Science
The GLOBE at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure their night sky brightness and submit their observations from a computer or smart phone. Light pollution threatens not only our “right to starlight”, but can affect energy consumption, wildlife and health.
Contest: NASA’s REEL Science Videos
Contest: NASA’s REEL Science Videos
If you work with teens...and especially if you have a Makerspace and/or video software and equipment...this contest may interest you!
NASA Spacecraft Begins Collecting Lunar Atmosphere Data
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is ready to begin collecting science data about the moon.
NASA Sends New Year’s Greeting to NYC
NASA astronauts will help ring in 2014 by sending greetings from space and from Earth to the crowd gathered in New York's Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.
NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Reveals Clues About Saturn Moon
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is providing scientists with key clues about Saturn’s moon Titan, and in particular, its hydrocarbon lakes and seas. Titan is one of the most Earth-like places in the solar system, and the only place other than our planet that has stable liquid on its surface.
NASA-USGS Landsat 8 Satellite Pinpoints Coldest Spots on Earth
A satellite orbiting Earth operated by both NASA and the US Geological Survey, has found the coldest places on Earth.
NASA Enhances 'Space Station Live' and Launches New Weekly Web Series
In December, NASA began showing the public the International Space Station in new ways that will highlight all the scientific research, cutting-edge technology testing and even the wonder of living and working in space.
Summer 2014 Student Opportunities – Internships, Scholarships, and Fellowships with NASA
Do you serve high school students with your programming? Perhaps some of them may be interested in a NASA internship!
Astronaut New Year's Greeting
Astronauts sent an out of this world New Year's greeting to the crowd in New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve, 2013.
NASA, NASM Host 10-Year Mars Rover Events
NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington are sponsoring events to commemorate 10 years of roving across the Red Planet by the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER).
NASA Spacecraft Spots Its First New Asteroid
NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen asteroid -- its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation last year.
Free Girls on Ice Field Trips for High School Students
Do you have teenage girls in your programs that may be interested in spending a 11 days this summer exploring ice?
Send Your Name to an Asteroid!
NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016.
A (LEGO) Model Spacecraft
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is speeding quickly toward the first flyby of Pluto and its moons – nearing the destination on a voyage that has already captured the imaginations of millions and shown what perseverance and creativity can do.
NASA, NOAA To Announce 2013 Global Temperature, Climate Conditions
Climate experts from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will announce new data on 2013 global temperatures during a media teleconference at 1:30 p.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet
Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.
NASA Preparing for 2014 Mars/Comet Watch
A close flyby of Mars in 2014 by comet Siding Spring could deliver opportunities for learning, but also possible hazards for orbiting spacecraft. NASA is preparing for both.
Kepler Finds a Very Wobbly Planet
Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the situation on a weird, wobbly world found by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.
NASA and JAXA Launch New Satellite to Measure Global Rain and Snow
The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), thundered into space at 1:37 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 27 (3:37 a.m. JST Friday, Feb. 28) from Japan.
ALA/LPI Marvel Moon Webinar
The American Library Association is hosting a webinar presented by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) titled Celebrate Our Personal, Cultural, and Scientific Connections to the Moon!
Tournament Earth 2014
Thirty-two have been called, but which will be chosen? NASA's Earth Observatory is hosting the second annual Tournament Earth, a reader-driven competition to choose the previous year's top NASA image of our planet.
NASA Seminar Series on Near-Earth Asteroids
Curious about NASA’s Grand Challenge to “discover all asteroids that could threaten human populations and find out how to deal with them?”
That Sinking Feeling
New analyses of NASA airborne radar data collected in 2012 reveal the radar detected indications of a huge sinkhole before it collapsed and forced evacuations near Bayou Corne, LA, that year.
LADEE to Continue Gathering Data Up to Planned Lunar Impact
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude to continue making science observations prior to its planned impact on the moon’s surface on or before April 21.
NASA Space Assets Detect Ocean Inside Saturn Moon
NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial microbes.
Earth's Sunrises/sunsets Will Produce Red Moon During Lunar Eclipse
On April 15th, the full Moon will pass through the amber shadow of Earth, producing a midnight eclipse visible across North America.
Construction to Begin on OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft
The OSIRIS-REx mission passed a very important mission milestone this week. The mission passed what is called a "Critical Design Review" or CDR.
Summer Reading Programs
Believe it or not, summer is almost upon us! As you already know, the themes for this summer's reading program are "Fizz, Boom, Read", "Spark a Reaction", and "Literary Elements." All of these themes lend themselves to science programming!
Live Streaming of April 14-15 Lunar Eclipse
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA will provide a live web stream of the total lunar eclipse on April 14-15.
Lunar Eclipes from a Different Perspective
What would a lunar eclipse look like to an astronaut on the Moon's surface?
April 15 Lunar Eclipse Resources
On April 15, the full Moon will pass through Earth’s shadow, producing a total lunar eclipse visible across North America. Lunar eclipses are perfectly safe to view, and an exciting family event.
Birth of a New Saturn Moon?
Has a new moon formed around Saturn? Possibly. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet's known moons.
It's National Library Week!
It's National Library Week and, in my worst Johnny Carson impersonation, I did not know that. That is until I received an email today about it.
Make-and-take Project Allows Kids to Spot Stars with Earth-like Planets!
NASA’s Kepler space telescope been on a search for Earth-size planets, “exoplanets,” orbiting around other stars in our Milky Way galaxy. The Kepler Star Wheel shows where in the sky the Kepler telescope is pointing – along with the constellations of the night sky! The Kepler Starwheel includes the sky positions of 17 naked-eye stars with exoplanets discovered (as of August 2012), shown as green circles. A master for photocopying and assembly instructions are included, and can be downloaded through NASA Wavelength.
NASA Celebrates Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day with NASA!
Goodbye, LADEE! Thanks for All the Science
Last night, NASA completed the LADEE mission with a planned impact on the Moon's surface.
NASA Spinoffs: Space in our Daily Lives
Have you ever wondered if all those NASA gizmos have any real life applications?
Cassini Spies the Ice-Giant Planet Uranus
OK. This is pretty cool. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured its first-ever image of the pale blue ice-giant planet Uranus in the distance beyond Saturn's rings.
Ganymede May Harbor 'Club Sandwich' of Oceans and Ice
The largest moon in our solar system, a companion to Jupiter named Ganymede, might have ice and oceans stacked up in several layers like a club sandwich, according to new NASA-funded research that models the moon's makeup.
How Does Your Garden Glow?
Science is full of serendipity -- moments when discoveries happen by chance or accident while researchers are looking for something else. For example, penicillin was identified when a blue-green mold grew on a Petri dish that had been left open by mistake.
The Incredible Shrinking Giant Red Spot!
Jupiter's trademark Great Red Spot - a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth - has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured.
Construction to Begin on 2016 NASA Mars Lander
NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander, after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review on Friday.
NASA Mars Weather Camera Helps Find New Crater on Red Planet
Researchers have discovered on the Red Planet the largest fresh meteor-impact crater ever firmly documented with before-and-after images. The images were captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).
NASA Releases Earth Day "Global Selfie" Mosaic of Our Home Planet
For Earth Day this year, NASA invited people around the world to step outside to take a "selfie" and share it with the world on social media. NASA released Thursday a new view of our home planet created entirely from those photos.
NASA Teams with Slooh to Help Protect Earth
As part of the agency's Asteroid Grand Challenge, NASA is partnering with private internet technology company Slooh to engage citizen scientists in the effort to track and characterize near-Earth asteroids (NEOs) that are potentially hazardous to human populations.
NASA Invites Public to Select Favorite Moon Image for Lunar Orbiter Anniversary Collection
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will celebrate five years in orbit June 18. To celebrate the anniversary and LRO's many scientific contributions, NASA invites the public to select a favorite orbiter image of the moon for the cover a special image collection.
Ocean on Saturn Moon Could be as Salty as the Dead Sea
Researchers found that Titan's ice shell, which overlies a very salty ocean, varies in thickness around the moon, suggesting the crust is in the process of becoming rigid.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI/Univ. of Arizona/G. Mitri/University of Nantes
2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge
Join NASA’s International Space Station Program and Humans in Space Art in a journey of exploration.
Nominations Invited for I Love My Librarian Award
The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, and college librarians. Administered by the American Library Association, with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and the New York Times Company, the program seeks nominations that describe how a librarian is improving the lives of people in a school, campus, or community.
Cassini Spacecraft Reveals 101 Geysers
Scientists using mission data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. Their analysis suggests it is possible for liquid water to reach from the moon’s underground sea all the way to its surface.
NASA Prepares Mars Spacecraft for Close Comet Flyby
NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.
NASA's Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover.
2014 International Observe the Moon Night
In just three weeks, on 06 September 2014, the whole world will collectively admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)!
New Horizons Spacecraft Crosses Neptune Orbit En Route to Pluto
NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015.
Our Dirty Moon
Kimberly Lord with the Cliffdale Regional Branch library in Fayetteville, NC attended It's a New Moon, an Explore training held in conjunction with the launch of NASA's LADEE mission to the Moon in September 2013. Below is a description of events Kimberly has held at her library since, using materials from the It's a New Moon training.
Science Programming at Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library
Lisa Scroggins with the Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library in Rocksprings, TX attended the Explore Mars training and launch of the MAVEN mission to Mars in November 2013. Lisa recently wrote to LPI describing her science programming since attending the Mars workshop and MAVEN launch.
MAVEN Ready to Arrive at Mars
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.
2014 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Sixth Lowest on Record
Arctic sea ice coverage continued its below-average trend this year as the ice declined to its annual minimum on Sept. 17, according to the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder.