Social media users are invited to apply for access to a two-day event culminating in the triumphant end of NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn after nearly 20 years in space. Up to 25 selected participants for the September 14-15 event will tour, explore and share their experiences from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Writers, vloggers, photographers, educators, students, artists and other curious minds who use social media to engage specific audiences are encouraged to apply. The deadline is Thursday, June 29.
The Texas State Historical Association presents “An Evening with NASA Pioneers” on Saturday, August 19, at 5:00 pm at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. This Dine & Dialogue event includes dinner and conversation with astronauts and engineers from NASA’s first sixty years. Scheduled to speak are Walter Cunningham, Robert Crippen, Bonnie Dunbar, Bernard Harris, Glynn Lunney, Michael Fossum, Jerry Bostick, and Thomas Moser.
A short animation from NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio illustrates what happens during a solar eclipse.
The Exploratorium in San Francisco just announced the release of its new Total Solar Eclipse app. This free mobile and tablet app will have live video streams of the August 21 event. Use it to plan eclipse viewing and watch videos about eclipses and safe viewing. And everyone can join the conversation via the app’s Twitter view.
A study of future “ice giant” mission concepts has been released that identifies scientific questions that should be addressed and various instruments, spacecraft, flight-paths and technologies that could be used. This study is the first in a series that NASA will conduct in support of the next Planetary Science Decadal Survey. The full study and a short summary are available online.
This map shows the path of the Moon’s umbral shadow – in which the Sun will be completely obscured by the Moon – during the total solar eclipse on August 21, as well as the fraction of the Sun’s area covered by the Moon outside the path of totality. Totality begins in the United States in Lincoln City, Oregon, at 10:16 am PDT, and the total eclipse will end in Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 pm EDT. A partial eclipse will be visible throughout the United States.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) is systematically collecting images, with the ultimate goal of complete coverage of the Moon. Quickmap is a tool that helps you sort through all the data. It includes overlays of lunar feature names, locations of our featured images, a Wide Angle Camera (WAC) basemap, WAC topography, NACs with Sun angles to enhance surface features and more. Check back often as the NAC coverage increases and more datasets are added.
A free 2017 solar eclipse guide designed primarily for public libraries and the communities they serve is available online to download and print. The “All-American” Eclipse: A Guide for Public Libraries and Their Communities was written by Andrew Fraknoi of Foothill College and Dennis Schatz of the Pacific Science Center and can be found on the Science-Technology Activities & Resources for Libraries (STAR_Net) website.
We are just three months away from Cassini’s Grand Finale when the spacecraft plunges into Saturn on September 15. It will be sending home new data in real time to the end. Find out more about its final chapter with JPL’s Grand Finale Toolkit.
Get ready for this summer’s 2017 Eclipse Across America. NASA’s “Two Months to the Eclipse” Press Conference will be broadcast live from the Newseum in Washington, DC on NASA TV on June 21 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm EST.