Safeguarding the “Special Regions” of Mars


An international forum of scientific experts, the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG), has worked to create guidelines ensuring that future explorers of Mars don’t contaminate potential hot spots for Martian life with microbes from back home. The full report about how to safeguard these hot spots, or “special regions,” has been published in the journal Astrobiology.

NASA Solve


Find out about citizen science projects through NASA Solve. NASA Solve lists current opportunities available to the general public to contribute to solving tough problems related to NASA’s mission through challenges, prize competitions, and crowdsourcing activities. Use the NASA Solve website as your first stop for information and engagement.

Scientific Visualization Studio


NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) wants you to learn about NASA programs through visualization. The SVS works closely with scientists in the creation of visualizations, animations, and images in order to promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space Science research activities at Goddard Space Flight Center and within the NASA research community. All the visualizations created by the SVS (currently totaling over 5,500) are accessible through the website and are free to download.

Astro 101 Slide Sets


As a resource for the higher education audience, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific offers a series of slide sets designed to bring recent NASA discoveries to the college-level non-major introductory astronomy classroom. These Astro 101 slide sets compile short, topical presentations on new developments from NASA SMD Astrophysics missions relevant to Astronomy 101 topics, including “Debris Belts Around Vega” and “Black Holes in M38.”