April 2015 is Hubble Space Telescope Month. The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is providing six 1-hour webinars during the month of April to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Educators are invited to attend and learn how to incorporate exciting images, videos, and activities into classroom instruction for students of all ages. Register online.
“What is our place in the Universe?” Throughout human history, astronomy has repeatedly overthrown our understanding of this question and new telescopes and astronomers continue to do so. Join Jason Kalirai of the Space Telescope Science Institute on April 1 at 6:30 pm EDT as he explores 6,000 years of human astronomy, showcases the biggest discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, including some of his own work, and ponders current mysteries of the Universe that may be unlocked by NASA’s next flagship telescopes. This talk is open to the public and accessible to all ages. It will be webcast for those who cannot attend. Find out more online and register soon.
Watch the documentary film “Desert Moon” online for free. This 35-minute film tells the story of Dr. Gerard Kuiper and the dawn of planetary science. The film was produced by Jason Davis of the Planetary Society and is narrated by astronaut Mark Kelly.
Fifty years ago today on March 23, 1965, the first manned Gemini mission was flown. Astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom and John Young made three orbits around the Earth in 4 hours and 52 minutes. The Gemini program defined and tested the skills NASA would need to go to the Moon in the 1960s and ‘70s and had four main goals: to test an astronaut’s ability to fly long-duration missions; to understand how spacecraft could rendezvous and dock in orbit around the Earth and the moon; to perfect re-entry and landing methods; and to further understand the effects of longer space flights on astronauts. Find out more at NASA’s online presentation “Gemini: A Bridge to the Moon.”
Miss one of the many events at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference this past week? There are video recordings and PDF presentations of lots of the events on the LPSC website.
March is Women’s History Month. Women at NASA embody this year’s theme ”Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” through their accomplishments and dedication to their jobs. They serve as role models to young women in their pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Read about the accomplishments of some of NASA’s women engineers, scientists, educators, interns and others at the NASA Women of STEM website.
Photos from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) are available to view on the LPSC website.
Did you miss last night’s NASA Headquarters Briefing at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference? The session was recorded and is now available to watch online.
The NASA & Planetary Resources Asteroid Data Hunter App is a software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge that has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers. Analysis of images taken of our solar system’s main belt asteroids between Mars and Jupiter using the algorithm showed a 15 percent increase in positive identification of new asteroids. There is also a desktop version developed by NASA in partnership with Planetary Resources, Inc., of Redmond, Washington. The application is based on an Asteroid Data Hunter-derived algorithm that analyzes images for potential asteroids. The tool can be used by amateur astronomers and citizen scientists.
NASA returns to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival beginning today, March 13, through March18 in Austin, Texas, to share with festival attendees how technology drives exploration, how we are exploring Earth, the solar system and beyond, updates on the journey to Mars, and how anyone can get involved with NASA. Eleven sessions will feature a range of space-related topics including a look at life on the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope turning 25, and NASA prizes and challenges.