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April 4, 2019 Solar Parker Probe close approach to the Sun

July 20, 2019 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

July 1 - August 30, 2020 Mars 2020 scheduled to launch


2019 K-8 Earth Science/STEM Teacher Leadership Academy
The American Geosciences Institute invites school administrators to nominate teachers for the American Geosciences Institute (AGI)/ExxonMobil Exploration Teacher Leadership Academy. Nominated K-8 teachers can apply to attend a week-long academy at which they learn Earth science content, explore hands-on STEM activities, and gain real-world science experiences. This summer’s academy will be held in Houston, Texas July 7-12, 2019. Academy-related travel, lodging, and subsistence costs will be reimbursed though a grant from ExxonMobil.

The Maury Project
This teacher professional development course with a two-week summer residence workshop in Annapolis, MD, focuses on the fundamentals of oceanography. This course focuses on improving teacher effectiveness in generating interest and understanding in science, technology, and mathematics among precollege students. Workshops take place each summer and include lectures, hands on activities, and valuable field experience. Participants receive a $600 stipend, lodging, meals, travel funds, and instructional materials, and must be prepared to pay the Cal U academic support fee (currently $150; see website for details). The next workshop will take place in the time frame of 14 - 26 July 2019. The application deadline is 1 April 2019.

Project Atmosphere Teacher PD
Project Atmosphere is a hybrid teacher professional development course with a one-week summer residence experience and online components.This project is specifically designed for K-12 teachers. The course introduces them to the latest technologies for sensing, analyzing, and forecasting weather, and classroom applications. Workshops take place annually each summer at the NOAA National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, MO. Participants receive a $300 stipend, lodging, meals, travel funds, and instructional materials, and must be prepared to pay the Cal U academic support fee (currently $150; see website for details). Three tuition-free graduate credits are earned following successful completion of course requirements including required peer-training sessions. The next workshop will take place from 28 July - 3 August 2019. The application deadline is 1 April 2019.

LIFTOFF 2019: Legacy of Apollo
NASA's Texas Space Grant Consortium offers this annual weeklong professional development STEM training for teachers. Teacher participants are provided with information and experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations that promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others. The Legacy of Apollo will take place on June 23-28, 2019. The deadline for receiving applications for the professional development training is April 1, 2019.


Explore Moon to Mars: Map of Events and Exhibits
Check out nationwide opportunities to learn about Moon missions--past, present and future! Add your own public events and find others in your community.

NASA Science Live
Take a behind-the-scenes look at NASA via a new monthly television series. The first episode - To the Moon, and Beyond- airs February 27and explores lunar science past, present, and future. Submit questions using #askNASA.

2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
The Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) takes place July 24-26, 2019 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This conference is for K-12 formal and informal educators who are U.S. citizens teaching in the United States. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tour Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.


Help Name Jupiter's Moons
In July 2018, Carnegie's Scott Sheppard announced the discovery of 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter. This brought Jupiter’s total number of known moons to a whopping 79! ow you can help Sheppard and his co-discoverers select the names for five of these newly announced moons. Tweet your suggested moon name to @JupiterLunacy and tell us why you picked it using 280 characters or fewer or a short video. Check out the website for rules. Contest end date: April 15, 2019.

Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge (ANGLES Challenge)
NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline invites teams of students in grades 5-12 across the United States and territories to recreate the Apollo 11 moon landing using a drone and a LEGO Mindstorm robot. Organizations will run the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge locally to select a team to advance to the nearest regional challenge hub. The top team at each regional challenge hub will earn the grand prize of a trip to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas!

Humans in Space Youth Art Competition!
The SciArt Exchange invites young people 10-18 years old to submit visual, literary, musical and video artwork about what we will do on the Moon and why it is important. Entries are due April 30, 2019. For more information, please contact


Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The 2018-2019 nomination window for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program is now open. Teachers of grades 7-12 mathematics and science are encouraged to sign up to apply. The PAEMST awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. The 2018-2019 nomination window will close on March 1, 2019. The application window will be open until May 1, 2019.


The Art in Earth
Utilize a collection of the best images from Earth-observing satellites, with short science explanations for each image in hardcover, ebook, or the interactive website. Learn more about NASA's Earth science programs, find other NASA ebooks to add to your library, and explore NASA’s Worldview for more Earth data and art.

STAR Net's "Summer of Space"
In the summer of 2019, 16,000 libraries across the country will celebrate space exploration in their summer reading programs. The slogan "A Universe of Stories" was chosen by library professionals. This site includes a information and links to resources and activities to assist libraries in their planning.

Apollo Anniversary Resources by NISE Network
These NASA and other resources and links have been assembled by the NISE Network for museums and science centers.

LPI Apollo Anniversary Resources
Founded at the height of the Apollo program in 1968, the Lunar and Planetary Institute is proud to share our Apollo and lunar resources with the world as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo and look to the future.


Goodbye to Opportunity Rover
After almost 15 years of exploring the surface of Mars, NASA’s Opportunity rover mission has come to an end. The rover stopped communicating with Earth in June 2018 after a severe Mars-wide dust storm. Repeated attempts to revive Opportunity were unsuccessful, resulting in NASA officials announcing the end of the mission on February 13, 2019.

New Horizons at Ultima Thule
On January 1, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountered its second major mission target, a Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule. Ultima Thule is the furthest known object ever visited in the solar system. Ultima Thule is small, only 30 km long, but it is likely to be representative of other primitive objects in the solar system.