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.

NASA Announces First Artemis CrewThe crew of NASA’s Artemis II mission (left to right): Christina Hammock Koch, Reid Wiseman (seated), Victor Glover, and Jeremy Hansen.

On April 3, 2023, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced the four astronauts who will venture to the Moon on Artemis II, the first crewed mission through NASA’s Artemis program. NASA astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, and CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen will be the first astronauts to return to orbit around the Moon in more than 50 years. Visit the Artemis II Crew to learn more.

Earth Day Celebrations

Earth GlobeSaturday, April 22, 2023

Connect audiences to new perspectives, exciting innovations, and inspiring stories from NASA’s continued efforts to explore space and understand our place in the universe. Visit Earth Day lessons and activities from NASA/JPL. Visit NASA Citizen Science to explore ways to contribute to NASA Earth Science.

New Findings Reveal Volcanism on Venus

Maat Mons is displayed in this computer generated three-dimensional perspective of the surface of Venus. This NASA Magellan image was released on April 22, 1992. Using decades-old data collected by NASA’s Magellan mission, scientists have detected a recent volcanic eruption on Venus’ surface, confirming – for the first time – that it is a geologically active planet. This discovery adds to the excitement around NASA’s upcoming missions to Venus, VERITAS and DAVINCI, which are slated to launch in the next decade. View the news release to learn more about the discovery and its implications.


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].