On Saturday night the LPI hosted a successful International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN). Staff from NASA ARES (Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science) were there to share lunar samples.
The American Astronautical Society has established the Sally Ride Excellence in Education Award to recognize an outstanding educator in either a) the delivery of space education or b) the use of space in STEM education. Both K-12 educators and college/graduate-level educators can be nominated. The deadline for 2015 nominations is October 31.
Over the course of their histories, the NACA and NASA have developed a wide variety of emblems representing each agency’s illustrious exploration of aerospace missions. The NASA History Program Office publication Emblems of Exploration: Logos of the NACA and NASA, available online, concentrates on the rich and interesting history of the conception and implementation of the world-famous NACA and NASA seals and insignias that have been displayed for decades on aeronautics and space research vehicles and facilities, as well as those proudly worn by flight research pilots, astronauts, and the dedicated employees of these two world-class organizations.
New HiRISE resources have been added in the Welsh language, including a Tumblr and Twitter feed. These are the first and only resources from an active NASA mission in the Welsh language.
The observatory at the Brockman Hall for Physics at Rice University is hosting a public observing of the total lunar eclipse on Sunday, September 27, from 8 to 11 pm. The speaker for the evening will be Dr. Patrick Hartigan, Professor of Physics and Astronomy. This event is free and open to the public. Details are online.
As NASA prepares for humans’ first steps on Mars in the 2030’s, it is important to understand fact versus fiction about living on Mars. On Thursday, October 1, 2015, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center will conduct a Journey to Mars Education Event called “So You Want to Be a Martian.” A curated panel discussion with KSC Director Bob Cabana, NASA’s Planetary Science Director, a NASA astronaut, a NASA botanist, and two stars from the movie “The Martian” will be hosted on NASA’s Digital Learning Network. Educators MUST sign up for this opportunity no later than Friday, September 18 at 3 pm EDT. The 90-minute event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on October 1 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm EDT.
Check out the comic strips of NASA’s online Astrobiology Magazine. Read “The Abominable Snow Aliens of Europa,” “The Amazing Adventures of AstrobioBot,” and “The Continuing Adventures of AstrobioBot.”
The latest edition of the News & Notes newsletter from the NASA History Program Office is available online. This Third Quarter 2015 issue features news from headquarters and the centers, aerospace history news, and more.
The first TEDxESA conference will take place at the European Space Agency Erasmus Centre in Noordwijk, The Netherlands on November 11. The conference theme is “Science Beyond Fiction”–the importance of creativity and imagination to help push boundaries will be examined. The conference moderator will be ESA astronaut André Kuipers. Find out more on the TEXxESA blog.
NASA and the United States Geological Survey Regional Planetary Image Facility present an online exhibit showing the discovery of planets through time.