The winter solstice is approaching. Find out everything you need to know about the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere from EarthSky.
The first HiRISE e-book is now available as a free download from the Apple iBook Store. Exploring Mojave Crater provides information and shows stunning close-up images of an impressive impact crater on Mars, Mojave Crater.
Find out about citizen science projects through NASA Solve. NASA Solve lists current opportunities available to the general public to contribute to solving tough problems related to NASA’s mission through challenges, prize competitions, and crowdsourcing activities. Use the NASA Solve website as your first stop for information and engagement.
NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) wants you to learn about NASA programs through visualization. The SVS works closely with scientists in the creation of visualizations, animations, and images in order to promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space Science research activities at Goddard Space Flight Center and within the NASA research community. All the visualizations created by the SVS (currently totaling over 5,500) are accessible through the website and are free to download.
If in Houston, mark your calendar for the next Houston Spaceport Frontier lecture. Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, will be presenting “The Changing Face of Space Economics” on Wednesday, January 15, 2015, at 7 pm at McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, on the campus of Rice University. This event is free and open to the public.
As a resource for the higher education audience, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific offers a series of slide sets designed to bring recent NASA discoveries to the college-level non-major introductory astronomy classroom. These Astro 101 slide sets compile short, topical presentations on new developments from NASA SMD Astrophysics missions relevant to Astronomy 101 topics, including “Debris Belts Around Vega” and “Black Holes in M38.”
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.