Asteroid Mappers launched with the goal of helping scientists develop a statistical foundation for understanding the age of planetary surfaces. Check out the Vesta Edition. Vesta is a unique body because of its size and history–the craters and surfaces aren’t very well behaved, so new challenges already exist. Asteroid Mappers will push the boundaries of existing citizen science to find out just how good the public can get at higher level mapping tasks.
Count craters, discover boulder fields, mark unique features. Finish analyzing an image and send your work off to contribute to NASA’s Dawn mission science. Register, take the online tutorial, and start mapping!
Since its launch in 1997, the Space Day educational initiative, which takes place on the first Friday of each May, has evolved into a massive grassroots effort dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits and opportunities in the exploration and use of space. The ultimate goal is to promote math, science, technology and engineering education by nurturing young peoples’ enthusiasm for the wonders of the universe and inspiring them to continue the stellar work of today’s space explorers.
Celebrate Space Day and check out the events, games and resources online at the Space Day website.
The Space Telescope Science Institute presents live and on-demand webcasts related to science, technology, and business to the scientific community and the public at-large. Previous lectures from 2005 through 2013 are available online and cover a variety of cosmic topics.