July 2023 • Issue 173

Featured Story

Note from the Editors: In this two-part series, we explore the role that citizen scientists (or amateur astronomers) play in supporting planetary exploration in the U.S. and internationally. In Part 1, which was featured in the previous issue, Drs. Nick Lang and Michael Kelley explored the active programs that NASA uses to engage directly with […]  (read more…)

From the Desk of Lori Glaze

Summer is currently in full swing and I’m looking forward to taking a relaxing break during August so that I’m fully prepared for what promises to be an incredibly busy and exciting fall. All eyes are going to be on asteroids this autumn, with a host of momentous events that help showcase the importance of […]  (read more…)

New and Noteworthy

Firefly Books, 2023, 144 pp., Hardcover. $39.95. This new edition of a classic book (previously published only in black and white) contains star charts and pictures, for all those who observe the night sky with unaided eyes, binoculars, or telescopes. It is equally useful for beginners and experienced old hands at astronomy. A legend […]   (read more…)
University of Chicago Press, 2023, 248 pp., Hardcover. $27.50. Mars and its secrets have fascinated and mystified humans since ancient times. Due to its vivid color and visibility, its geologic kinship with Earth, and its potential as our best hope for settlement, Mars embodies everything that inspires us about space and exploration. For the […]   (read more…)

IDEA in Action

As part of a Biden/Harris initiative, NASA will award more than $5 million in funding to seven Women’s Colleges and Universities (WCUs) to research and develop strategies that increase retention of women in STEM degree programs and careers. The agency’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) created the Women’s Colleges and Universities opportunity to help women overcome […]   (read more…)
NASA and the Department of Education, in support of STEM and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives, are hosting a competition to engage students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), ultimately bringing diverse talent into the future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics pipeline. Modeled from another NASA STEM activity, students will participate in a […]   (read more…)