NASA’s Museum Alliance


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.

BeautifulMars Project


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.

Geological Map of Vesta


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.