NASA is on a variety of social media and has blogs, apps, chats, e-books and more. Check out all the ways you can connect and collaborate with NASA.
Informal science educators at museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, Challenger Learning Centers, observatories, zoos, aquariums, parks, and nature centers who wish to share NASA information with their visitors are invited to join the Museum Alliance. The Museum Alliance is intended to bring current NASA Science and Technology to visitors through professional development of the museums’ staff, advance notice of NASA events, and provision of materials such as visualizations, access to NASA experts, educational materials, etc. It’s a free service that only requires that you be a staff member at one of the above types of institutions, respect all embargoes on pre-released news items, and report on a quarterly basis how the information is used.
Make Mars speak human. The BeautifulMars Project is looking for people to help promote the idea that knowledge about Mars belongs to everyone. If you are fluent or even semi-fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, or a number of other languages, contact BeautifulMars and help make outreach history. On your time and schedule, you’ll provide translations and a coordinator will review the work. Once reviewed, translations will be posted online.
Check out the November 2014 Planetary Data System Release of Mars HiRISE images. This release covers orbit ranges 38,000—38,399.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks spread ideas in the form of short, powerful presentations. Are you thinking of giving a TED-style talk? The American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog has tips for anyone preparing to do a short public talk.
Do you need a planetary scientist, astronomer, heliophysicist, or earth scientist to speak to your group? The NASA Science Mission Directorate Scientist Speaker’s Bureau request form will generate a list of potential speakers based upon your request and enable you to contact them.
Want to learn more about the permanent darkness inside Mercury’s craters? Use the MESSENGER Water-Ice Data Exploration (WIDE) tool. The four views shown here were captured from the WIDE tool, and the evidence from the radar, topography, shadow, and temperature datasets all support the presence of water ice in this crater.
This high-resolution geological map of Vesta is derived from Dawn spacecraft data. Brown colors represent the oldest, most heavily cratered surface. Purple colors in the north and light blue represent terrains modified by the Veneneia and Rheasilvia impacts, respectively. Light purples and dark blue colors below the equator represent the interior of the Rheasilvia and Veneneia basins. Greens and yellows represent relatively young landslides or other downhill movement and crater impact materials, respectively. This map unifies 15 individual quadrangle maps and is a Mollweide projection, centered on 180 degrees longitude using the Dawn Claudia coordinate system.
Data gathered by U.S. government sensors and released to NASA for use by the science community reveal that small impact events are frequent and random. A map of these small impact events – known as fireballs or bolides – recently released by NASA shows the frequency and approximate energy released by bolide events detected from 1994 through 2013.