Upcoming Public Event Opportunities

Upcoming opportunities exist for educator and public engagement around the broader topics of NASA planetary exploration. Contact local astronomical societies, planetariums and museums, local scientists, and NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors (solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssa/directory.cfm), and ask them to join your events and share their experiences or resources with your audience.

NASA: 60 Years and Counting

From 2018 through 2022, NASA is marking a series of important milestones including the 60th anniversary of the agency’s founding. Learn more at https://www.nasa.gov/60.

Artist's rendition showing the inner structure of Mars. The topmost layer is known as the crust, underneath it is the mantle, which rests on a solid inner core.

Mars InSight Landing, November 26,  2018

InSight is scheduled to land on Mars on November 26. The InSight mission seeks to uncover how a rocky body forms and evolves to become a planet by investigating the interior structure and composition of Mars. The mission will also determine the rate of Martian tectonic activity and meteorite impacts. For more info, please visit https://mars.nasa.gov/insight.

50th Anniversary, Apollo 8, December 24, 2018

This December marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission, the first manned mission to orbit the Moon. The crew entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. The LPI has compiled a sample of its Apollo and future exploration resources, as well as public engagement resources at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/apollo50/.

“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 education@lpi.usra.edu.