Virtual Education and Public Engagement Opportunities

Organizations across the country are curtailing education and public engagement programs.

Some are conducting online programs; contact your local museums and planetariums, libraries, Solar System Ambassadors, or amateur astronomy clubs to determine how you can participate.

Upcoming Opportunities for Engaging Public Audiences

  • October 20 — OSIRIS-REx sample collection from asteroid Bennu; discuss asteroids and meteorites
  • October 31 — Full/Blue Moon; discuss current and future lunar exploration plans
  • December 22 — Rare conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn; view Jupiter and Saturn through telescopes and discuss insights from the Juno mission and plans for Europa Clipper and Dragonfly

A variety of education and public engagement resources are available for use with audiences:

NASA at Home has e-Books, videos, virtual tours, and more.

NASA SMD Resources for Learners has a variety of resources provided by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.Virtual Exploration Experiences with Planetary Scientists (VEEPS)

LPI’s new Virtual Exploration Experiences with Planetary Scientists (VEEPS) program provides an opportunity for families to connect with planetary scientists from home! Each 30-minute online session includes a scientist presentation, a demonstration related to the topic, and some time for questions and discussion with the scientist.

LPI’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series Archive provides an archive of past presentations in this series on the LPI YouTube channel.

LPI’s Explore! Resources provide Explore! activities to engage children and pre-teens in the wonders of lunar exploration; the planets Earth, Jupiter, and Mars; rockets; staying healthy in space; and more! To view Explore! how-to-videos, visit

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].