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2015 Celestial/NASA Mission Events Resources
From eclipses to meteor showers to spacecraft encounters, there is always something happening in our solar system! These events present opportunities for educators to share the excitement of space science and exploration with their audiences. Resources are available through LPI's "Look Up" site for these events.

Know Your Earth Oceans Quiz
The new NASA Know Your Earth "Oceans" Quiz is now live. This is part of NASA's Earth Right Now initiative.

Recordings of Presentations on Gravity and Exploring the Core Available
Recordings of Dr. Stanley Love's "Gravity" and Dr. Walter Kiefer's "Exploring the Core: The Inside Story" presentations at the Lunar and Planetary Institute are now available. Links to the recordings can be found on the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series homepage.

New NASA CO2 Visualization
NASA has released a new CO2 visualization created by the GEOS-5 computer model. Plumes of carbon dioxide in the simulation swirl and shift as winds disperse the greenhouse gas away from its sources. The simulation also illustrates differences in carbon dioxide levels in the northern and southern hemispheres as well as distinct swings in global carbon dioxide concentrations as the growth cycle of plants and trees changes with the seasons.

Revised Guide to Astronomy Science Fiction Education Resources
An updated guide to science fiction stories with reasonable astronomy and physics (organized by science topic) is now available by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

New Guide to Eclipse Education Resources
A new guide to educational resources about eclipses in general and the "Great American Eclipse of the Sun" in 2017 has been produced by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

New Diversity Tool -- Unconscious Bias in STEM: Addressing the Challenges
NASA's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity has added a new civil rights technical assistance tool for STEM, "Unconscious Bias in STEM: Addressing the Challenges." This tool is designed to provide STEM program administrators, faculty, staff and students with a better understanding and appreciation of the ways in which unconscious bias can impact the STEM environment, as well as fresh perspectives on how to avoid the pitfalls of such bias and maintain compliance with the law.

Astro 101 Slide Sets
These slide sets are intended to help Astro 101 instructors bring the latest NASA discoveries into their classrooms, but may also be useful to high school astronomy instructors and others.