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Dr. Carolyn Porco Talks About the Cassini Mission to Saturn
The YouTube Channel for the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures now features a recent, visually stunning talk by Dr. Carolyn Porco on ten years of Cassini-Huygens exploration of the Saturn system. Includes 42 other illustrated talks with nearly three quarters of a million views from around the world.

Additional Mars Stories Beyond "The Martian"
Over the years, many scientists and writers trained in science have written stories and novels about future Mars exploration. This features a selective list of short stories and novels that use more or less accurate science and can be used for teaching or reinforcing astronomy or physics concepts.

Mars Survival Kit: Lessons and Activities to Guide Your Exploration of Mars!
The Mars Survival Kit is a collection of educational activities for students in grades K-12. Each educational activity includes a brief description, as well as information about how the activities and lessons align to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Carbon and Climate Resources for Educators and Students
NASA has a variety of new resources including a recorded presentation on carbon and climate, and lessons, activities, and multimedia.

LPI Educator Resources Searchable by Standards
The Lunar and Planetary Institute's educational resources (activities, powerpoints, exhibits, spectrometers, and other information) are now searchable by audience, age, and type of materials. Activities are also searchable by style of engagement, and by Next Generation Science Standard's Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts.