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.
Are you interested in pursuing planetary science studies? The Division of Planetary Science of the American Astronomical Society has compiled a list of graduate schools with programs that can lead to a PhD with a planetary science focus. It’s a great place to start for those contemplating graduate school.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute announces workshops at Harris County Department of Education Science Center. These Earth and Space Science workshops for elementary and middle school teachers will be conducted in September and October 2015.
One of the many resources on the Lunar and Planetary Institute website is an online atlas of lunar surface flyovers, a new tool for both scientists and mission planners. The videos provide amazing views of the Moon and a way for scientists to study the geology of the lunar surface.
The James Webb Telescope is coming together, piece by piece. Find out about its construction and testing on the Behind the Webb podcast.