Topics for Public Engagement

Are you interested in sharing your science and expertise with the public? Education and public engagement opportunities may be available online or in your community. Explore ways to get involved by contacting your local museums and planetariumslibrariesSolar System Ambassadors, or amateur astronomy clubs.

James Webb Space Telescope image gallery graphicWebb Telescope’s First Images

After years of development and anticipation, NASA, in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Canadian Space Agency (CSA), released the James Webb Space Telescope’s first full-color images and spectroscopic data during a televised broadcast on July 12. These first images from the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope demonstrate Webb at its full power, ready to begin its mission to unfold the infrared universe. To learn more, visit


Illustration of NASA's DART spacecraft approaching asteroids

Illustration of NASA’s DART spacecraft and the Italian Space Agency’s LICIACube prior to impact at the Didymos binary system. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben.

Incoming! DART’s Imminent Impact

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is NASA’s first planetary defense test mission. DART is dedicated to investigating and demonstrating one method of asteroid deflection: changing an asteroid’s motion in space through kinetic impact. Launched in November 2021, the DART spacecraft is roughly the size of a small car and will strike its target at about 6 kilometers (4 miles) per second on September 26, 2022. Find out more about planetary defense and stay up to date on the DART mission here.

International Observe the Moon Night graphic for 2022

Credit: NASA/Vi Nguyen.

International Observe the Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night will be observed on October 1, 2022, and is a time to come together with fellow Moon enthusiasts and curious people worldwide. Everyone on Earth is invited to learn about lunar science and exploration, take part in celestial observations, and honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon by hosting or attending an event or observing from home. Click here for more information about International Observe the Moon Night and how to get involved.

Spotlight on Education highlights events and programs that provide opportunities for planetary scientists to become involved in education and public engagement. If you know of space science educational programs or events that should be included, please contact the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Education Department at [email protected].