Upcoming Education and Public Engagement Opportunities

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.

Launch of Artemis I

The launch of NASA’s uncrewed Artemis I mission will be the first integrated test of the SLS and Orion spacecraft. The Artemis missions will land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon and establish long-term exploration in preparation for missions to Mars. With the March/April launch date nearing, you can help build excitement and awareness for the next generation of human space exploration. Check out stem.nasa.gov/artemis/ for resources.

Webb has Launched!

A picture containing JWST

Credit: Arianespace, ESA, NASA, CSA, CNES.

Following a near-perfect launch, the James Webb Space Telescope continues to undergo its historic journey to L2. Keep track of Webb’s progress at jwst.nasa.gov/content/webbLaunch/whereIsWebb.html. And take advantage of the amazing resources (including FAQs, PPT and PDF presentations, virtual backgrounds, images and animations, educational activities, and more) available to scientists at jwst.nasa.gov/content/forScientists/index.html.

Celebrating One Year on Mars

On February 18, 2021, NASA’s Perseverance Rover landed on the Red Planet. You can help celebrate the anniversary by sharing the latest advances in planetary science with diverse audiences. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has an excellent compilation of Mars resources at https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/activity/mission-to-mars-unit/.

Lyrids Meteor Shower:  April 22–23, 2022

The Lyrids Meteor Shower is produced by dust particles left behind by Comet C/1861 G1Thatcher. The shower peaks this year on the night of April 21 and the morning of April 22. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra but can appear anywhere in the sky. Meteor showers provide an excellent opportunity to discuss comets with your audiences. For more information, visit www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-shower-calendar/#Lyrids.


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].