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.

Fight Day 6: A Selfie with the Moon. Credit: NASA.

Artemis I Launch and Splashdown

November 16–December 11

Following the successful launch of NASA’s highly anticipated new spacecraft and rocket system on November 16, the uncrewed Artemis I mission flew to lunar orbit and back, spending 25 days in space. Visit Artemis I to learn more.

 

 

A Wreath of Star Formation in NGC 7469. Credit: NASA.

Celebrating One Year Around L2

On January 24, 2022, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) reached its final home, orbiting around the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point, or L2, nearly one million miles from Earth. Approximately six months later, commissioning activities were completed, and its scientific mission began. Find the latest news and images from the JWST website.

 

 

 

 

Final image of martian surroundings from InSight. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

After Years of Peering Deep into the Red Planet, InSight Relays Final Message

During its time on Mars, NASA’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) lander used seismometers and heat sensors to study the Martian interior, helping scientists understand the planet’s formation and evolution. With dust accumulating on its solar panels, the lander had been operating on reduced power for several months. In early December 2022, it shared a goodbye message and final image. After multiple unsuccessful attempts to contact the InSight Mars Lander, the mission ended on December 15, 2022. Visit NASA Retires InSight Mars Lander Mission After Years of Science to learn more.

“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].