OSIRIS-REx Launch Professional Development Experience


Attention camp professionals and park educators/interpreters! Apply now for the Exploring Solar System Beginnings: The OSIRIS-REx Launch Professional Development Experience for Camp Professionals and Park Educators/Interpreters. Join educators from the Lunar and Planetary Institute for a two-day professional development training that will provide you with hands-on activities and other resources to help you bring NASA’s solar system science and exploration into your programs. The training will be followed by a day of activities at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, culminating in a viewing of the OSIRIS-REx launch! Training will be September 6 – 7 and launch activities are scheduled for September 8. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 22 at 5:00 pm CDT.

Viking 40th Anniversary


NASA is celebrating the first successful landing on Mars by a U.S. spacecraft – Viking 1 — with a history discussion from 2 to 3:30 pm EDT on Tuesday, July 19, and a Viking 40th anniversary symposium 8 am to 5:10 pm Wednesday, July 20 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Portions of these events that highlight the initial steps on the Journey to Mars will air live on NASA Television and stream on the agency’s website.

Juno at Jupiter!

MissionJunoAfter an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m. PDT (11:53 p.m. EDT) on Monday, July 4. Juno captured a unique time-lapse movie of the Galilean satellites in motion about Jupiter. The movie begins on June 12 with Juno 10 million miles from Jupiter, and ends on June 29, 3 million miles distant.