Just what does it take to design a mission to explore our solar system? Find out at The Impact of Discover STEAM workshop. Hear real stories from NASA engineers and scientists. Investigate activities that shed light on the latest in NASA planetary science exploration. You’ll leave inspired, informed and eager to learn more. The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 9, in four locations. Register by March 18.
NASA Television will provide complete coverage Tuesday, March 1, as three crew members depart the International Space Station, including NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos – the station’s first one-year crew. NASA Television coverage will begin at 3:10 pm EST on Monday, February 29, when Kelly hands over command of the station to fellow NASA astronaut Tim Kopra. The science driving the one-year mission is critical to informing the agency’s Journey to Mars.
NASA is calling all space enthusiasts to send their artistic endeavors on a journey aboard NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. This will be the first U.S. mission to collect a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for study. Submissions should be made by Sunday, March 20, and may take the form of a sketch, photograph, graphic, poem, song, short video or other creative or artistic expression that reflects what it means to be an explorer. Find out more at the We the Explorers website.
Mark your calendar for Museum Day Live! It’s an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket for free. Museum Day Live! is Saturday, March 12. Find a participating museum near you.
NASA Astrobiology has created several graphic novels for topics such as the history of our search for life, our study of analog environoments on Earth that are similar to other worlds like Mars, our missions to other planets and moons, and the origin of science. Each is available as a downloadable pdf or in a mobile-friendly version.
The NASA Exoplanet Archive is an online catalog and data service with information on exoplanets and their host stars. Data sets include a list of all known planets and hosts, a list of all Kepler Objects of Interest (KOIs), and a list of all Kepler Threshold-Crossing Events (TCEs).
The Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research provides support for 3-5 field research grants at known or suspected impact sites worldwide each year. The application deadline for this program, which is open to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, is April 8, 2016. Apply online soon.
Check out the European Space Agency’s ESA Kids website. This interactive online resource has activities, videos, games, news, and more.
Ever wonder how planetary and satellite features get their names? Find out about planetary nomenclature at the International Astronomical Union’s Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature website. The gazetteer contains detailed information about all names of topographic and albedo features on planets and satellites (and some planetary ring and ring-gap systems) that the International Astronomical Union has named and approved from its founding in 1919 through the present time.
Did you know that the NASA History Office has many publications about the history of NASA and the space program online? There are chronologies, reference works, e-books, and more.