Explore! 2015 Calendar of Events

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From eclipses to meteor showers to spacecraft encounters, there is always something happening in our solar system! There are also many annual celebrations of Earth and space. These events present opportunities for educators to share the excitement of space science and exploration with their audiences. A list of events taking place in 2015 is available on the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore! Calendar webpage.

Safeguarding the “Special Regions” of Mars

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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

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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

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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.