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2015 Sally Ride Excellence in Education Award
This award, given by the American Astronautical Society, recognizes an outstanding educator in either a) the delivery of space education or b) the use of space in STEM education. Both K-12 educators and college/graduate-level educators can be nominated. The deadline is October 31. To nominate an educator, contact Laura Delgado López at

#WhySpaceMatters Photography Competition
NASA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, or UNOOSA, have launched a global photography competition to highlight how the vantage point of space helps us better understand our home planet, improve lives, and safeguard our future by aiding sustainable development on Earth. To participate, post a picture and description on Instagram using the hashtag #whyspacematters and tagging @UNOOSA.

Earth Science Week 2015 Contests
The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a series of contests to celebrate Earth Science Week 2015: the photography contest (open to all ages), visual arts contest (open to students K-5) and the essay contest (open to students grades 6-9). The entry deadline for all three contests is Oct. 16, 2015.

"Where Over the World Is Astronaut Scott Kelly?" Geography From Space Trivia Contest
During his year-long stay on the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly wants to test your knowledge of the world through a geography trivia game on Twitter. Traveling more than 220 miles above Earth, and at 17,500 miles per hour, he circumnavigates the globe more than a dozen times a day and captures images of Earth for scientific observation. Each Wednesday, Kelly will tweet a picture and ask the public to identify the place depicted in the photo. The first person to identify the place correctly will win an autographed copy of the picture.