Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Impact of Discovery STEAM Workshop


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 to Televise Historic Return from Space Station March 1

m16-015NASA 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.

Send Your Artwork to the Stars on OSIRIS-REx

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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.

Astrobiology Graphic Novels



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.

Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature


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.