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NASA Educator Professional Development Workshop

Earth-Sun-Moon Our Earth, Our Data, Our Instruction: Tips and Tricks for Using NASA Data with Students   Join our EPDC webinar to explore instructional practices related to analyzing and interpreting data in our Earth Science instruction. In this session, Data Literacy Educator, Kristin Hunter-Thomson, will share research-based strategies for engaging students in data while My NASA Data Educator, Elizabeth Joyner, will model how to access and visualize NASA data with the Earth System Data Explorer. This webinar is suitable for elementary, middle, and high school science educators. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, July 9, 2020, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM.

Meet Up and Do Science With GLOBE Mission Mosquito: What’s the Bzzz?

Earth-Sun-Moon Citizen scientists worldwide are using the GLOBE Program’s Mission Mosquito tool to help map mosquito habitats. Join the Mission Mosquito team for a free online science event. Examine live mosquito larvae using a camera microscope, and learn how to determine the genus of live specimens. Come with questions, bring larvae photographs and get a few professional tips.  More info and register here. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Thursday, July 9, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

NASA Science Updates

Other NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will hold a virtual community town hall with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen and other members of the Science leadership team to discuss updates on the agency’s science activities.   Members of the science community, academia, the media, and the public are invited to participate by joining at: https://asuitehqnasa.acms.com/smdcommunitytownhall/ To ask a question, participants can go to: https://arc.cnf.io/sessions/ab9h/#!/dashboard Participants must provide their first and last name and organization and can submit questions or vote up questions submitted by others. The hosts will try to answer as many of the questions as possible. Charts for the meeting will be available for download within Adobe Connect during the meeting, and a recording will be available later that day at: https://science.nasa.gov. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Thursday, July 9, 2020, 12:00 PM.

FREE ONLINE PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Our Sky The Rice Space Institute is now hosting FREE online planetarium shows (both movies and live interactive star shows).  We are also streaming live events with local commentary and chance for Q&A. Our hosts are Professor Patricia Reiff of Rice and Adjunct Professor Carolyn Sumners (VP of Astronomy and Physical Science at the Houston Museum of Natural Science). We will be posting here the links to sign up to watch the shows and events (and ask live questions from the hosts and special guests each time).  English and Spanish versions are available.   Thanks to the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the NASA Space Science Education Consortium for sponsoring these programs. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Thursday, July 9, 2020, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM. For more info visit space.rice.edu.

NASA Educator Professional Development Workshop

Human Spaceflight Explore Moon to Mars: Human Factors - Our Skeleton Without the protective environment of planet Earth, our bodies experience various negative health consequences during short- and long-term spaceflight. As NASA prepares to send the first woman and next man back to the Moon (and eventually crews to Mars), it is imperative that effective countermeasures be identified to maintain astronauts' health and well-being. In this first installment, we'll take an in-depth look as the SpaceLab and ISS experiments (including the NASA Twins Study) that focus on bone physiology and interventions that could protect our skeletons while in space. Relevant instructional resources included. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, July 9, 2020, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

A Day in the Life of the Deep Space Network/ von Karman Lecture Series

Other Following a day in the life of the Deep Space Network; the coder to the scientist to the ACE to the spacecraft and back again. We’ll explore the different aspects of what actually goes into the difficult Tetris game that is Deep Space Communications and what’s coming next. For more information. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Thursday, July 9, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Awesome Girls: Space Exploration

Mars "Mars to the Stars" webcast for Grades K-5 is presented by the Girl Scouts, but is open to non-scouts. Prepare for the launch of the Perseverance rover in July! Join experts for an overview of the Mars mission and the stars beyond. Hear from experts about Mars and the goals of the mission , Learn how you can watch the rover launch and get hands-on with Mars activities at home! , Get tips on viewing the amazing night sky, including planets and stars , Gear up to participate in the Great Space Challenge and earn a patch! , Register here. The grades 6-12 version will be at 1pm! Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Friday, July 10, 2020, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM.

Awesome Girls: Space Exploration

Mars "Mars to the Stars" webcast for Grades 6-12 is presented by the Girl Scouts, but is open to non-scouts. Prepare for the launch of the Perseverance rover in July! Join experts for an overview of the Mars mission and the stars beyond. Hear from experts about Mars and the goals of the mission , Learn how you can watch the rover launch and get hands-on with Mars activities at home! , Get tips on viewing the amazing night sky, including planets and stars , Gear up to participate in the Great Space Challenge and earn a patch! , Register here. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Friday, July 10, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Moving to Mars (Virtual Show)

Mars NASA is working to send humans to Mars, and the launch of the Perseverance rover is the next step in their ambitious plan! Dr. Jean Creighton, Director of the UWM Planetarium, will explore what we’ve learned about the habitability of the red planet and how we are preparing for this next great space adventure. Registration is required for this virtual event. All are welcome, although the program is targeted for those ages five and older. Sign up at https://uwm.universitytickets.com/ Tickets are offered on a “pay what you can” sliding scale. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Friday, July 10, 2020, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. For more info visit uwm.universitytickets.com.

Moving to Mars (Virtual Show)

Mars NASA is working to send humans to Mars, and the launch of the Perseverance rover is the next step in their ambitious plan! Dr. Jean Creighton, Director of the UWM Planetarium, will explore what we’ve learned about the habitability of the red planet and how we are preparing for this next great space adventure. Registration is required for this virtual event. All are welcome, although the program is targeted for those ages five and older. Sign up at https://uwm.universitytickets.com/ Tickets are offered on a “pay what you can” sliding scale. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Sunday, July 12, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. For more info visit uwm.universitytickets.com.

25th Anniversary (1995), STS-70 Launch (Space Shuttle Discovery, TDRS-G Deployment)

Human Spaceflight Commander Terence T. Henricks, Pilot Kevin R. Kregel, Mission Specialists Nancy Jane Currie, Donald A. Thomas and Mary Ellen Weber. More here. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Monday, July 13, 2020.

STEM Leadership Alliance Summit (Online)

Other THE STEM Leadership Alliance aims to disrupt and revolutionize STEM education to shape tomorrow’s workforce and change the world.  More information and registration here. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, July 13, 2020 – Thursday, July 16, 2020.

NASA Educator Professional Development Workshop

Human Spaceflight Explore Moon to Mars: Planning the Mission Monday 07/13/2020 12:00 pm ET FREE 1-hour Webinar As you may well imagine, planning missions to space is a difficult and important job. Getting our astronauts into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) is hard enough. Preparing to go to the Moon and then on to Mars presents challenges for which we are still working on solutions. In this webinar we will have discussions about those challenges and share some hands on activities you can do at home to simulate making those plans yourself. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, July 13, 2020, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

Astronomy @ Home: Storytime

Our Sky Free registration required; visit the Live Storytime Schedule for details. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Monday, July 13, 2020, 11:00 AM.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission

Human Spaceflight Sally Ride EarthKAM is a free STEM educational program managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. EarthKAM allows participants to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKAM as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology.   The July mission is a great opportunity for those new to EarthKAM to learn how the system works and to start planning ways to incorporate EarthKAM into the school year. Visit the website for details and to register to participate.Visit https://www.earthkam.org/ for details and to register to participate. Tuesday, July 14, 2020 – Friday, July 17, 2020.

55th Anniversary (1965), Mariner 4, Mars Flyby

Mars One of the great successes of the early American space program, the Mariner 4 mission journeyed to Mars -- making its closest approach on July 15, 1965 -- and took the first photos of another planet from space. In addition to providing key information about how to safely deliver future missions to the Martian surface, the spacecraft far outlasted its planned eight-month mission. It lasted about three years in solar orbit, continuing long-term studies of the solar wind and making coordinated measurements with the Mariner 5 spacecraft. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

Jupiter At Opposition

Our Sky A planet is said to be at opposition to the sun when both it and the Earth are on the same side of the sun, all three in line. (The moon, when full, is in opposition to the sun; the Earth is then approximately between them.) Opposition is a good time to observe an outer planet with Earth-based instruments, because it is at its nearest point to the Earth and it is in its fullest phase. More from The Basics of Space Flight More on Jupiter and JunoCam. Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Conjunction/ Opposition. Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

5th Anniversary (2015), New Horizons, Pluto Flyby

Our Solar System The New Horizons spacecraft gave us our first close look at Pluto with its historic July 14, 2015 flyby. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/. Event Type: Mission Event. Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Mission Event Type: Flyby. Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

Deadline: Inquiry-Based, Active, Remote Learning Using UDL Online Workshop

Other Seats are limited!* Register before July 15th to learn how UDL can help you increase student engagement, improve accessibility, and better assess student learning.  Join our summer UDL workshop to get step-by-step guidance on designing and building a UDL lesson for your remote learning, hybrid, or in-person classroom. Whatever your classroom looks like in the future, you'll be able to deliver an inquiry-based, active learning experience. Earn up to 10 recertification hours for participation and program completion. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Registration Deadline. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, July 14, 2020. For more info visit asu.zoom.us.

Pass the Torque: Q&A Video Series

Other Do you have a question for a NASA engineer? Check out the new Q&A video series from NASA’s Exploration and In-Space Services Division.  Each Tuesday, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Facebook and Twitter accounts introduce you to a NASA engineer with a photo and bio, asking viewers to submit questions. On Friday, check back to see the engineer answer questions that were collected throughout the week. Click here to watch archived episodes in the series. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

55th Anniversary (1964), Mariner 4 - first close-range picture of Mars

Mars A "real-time data translator" machine converted a Mariner 4 digital image data into numbers printed on strips of paper. Too anxious to wait for the official processed image, employees from the Telecommunications Section at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, attached these strips side by side to a display panel and hand colored the numbers like a paint-by-numbers picture. The completed image was framed and presented to JPL director, William H. Pickering. Mariner 4 was launched on November 28, 1964 and journeyed for 228 days to the Red Planet, providing the first close-range images of Mars. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 5:18 PM. For more info visit photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov.

Earth to Sky Workshop ( South Central Region)

Earth-Sun-Moon The workshop will feature climate change science and communication resources including citizen science, NASA resources, collaborative projects, and youth activities – all chosen for their specific relevance to practitioners in this geographic region. Scientists and communicators will join in a collegial learning environment, and participants will leave with a plan for using workshop content in their work environment. Participants are encouraged to apply to the workshop as teams of: Tribal environmental educators / outreach staff and tribal education staff; or, Tribal environmental educators / outreach staff and DOI education staff, Please email April.Taylor@chickasaw.net to inquire further. Three other Regional Teams (recent graduates of the 2019 Earth to Sky Academy) are developing plans to serve communities of practice of climate communicators in regions around the nation.  The next Earth to Sky Academy for training new teams of Regional Leaders will be held in January 2021. Please reach out to … Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – Friday, July 17, 2020. For more info visit earthtosky.org.

45th Anniversary (1975), Apollo Soyuz Test Project Launch

Human Spaceflight The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project sent NASA astronauts Tom Stafford, Deke Slayton and Vance Brand in an Apollo Command and Service Module to meet Russian cosmonauts Aleksey Leonov and Valeriy Kubasov in a Soyuz capsule. A jointly designed, U.S.-built docking module fulfilled the main technical goal of the mission, demonstrating that two dissimilar craft could dock in orbit. More here. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Mission Event Type: Launch. Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

2020 CineSpace Short Film Competition

Other NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society invite professional and aspiring filmmakers to share their works using actual NASA imagery. The CineSpace competition will accept all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation and others, up to 10 minutes long. Entries must use at least 10 percent publicly available NASA imagery. Entries will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions, as well as two special category films: 1) the best documentary film and 2) the film that best celebrates 20 years of human presence on the International Space Station. Submission Deadline: July 15. More info here. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

FREE ONLINE PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Other The Rice Space Institute is now hosting FREE online planetarium shows (both movies and live interactive star shows).  We are also streaming live events with local commentary and chance for Q&A. Our hosts are Professor Patricia Reiff of Rice and Adjunct Professor Carolyn Sumners (VP of Astronomy and Physical Science at the Houston Museum of Natural Science). We will be posting here the links to sign up to watch the shows and events (and ask live questions from the hosts and special guests each time).  English and Spanish versions are available.   Thanks to the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the NASA Space Science Education Consortium for sponsoring these programs. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. For more info visit space.rice.edu.

Moving to Mars (Virtual Show)

Mars NASA is working to send humans to Mars, and the launch of the Perseverance rover is the next step in their ambitious plan! Dr. Jean Creighton, Director of the UWM Planetarium, will explore what we’ve learned about the habitability of the red planet and how we are preparing for this next great space adventure. Registration is required for this virtual event. All are welcome, although the program is targeted for those ages five and older. Sign up at https://uwm.universitytickets.com/ Tickets are offered on a “pay what you can” sliding scale. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. For more info visit uwm.universitytickets.com.

‘NASA STEM Stars en Español’ Talks With James Webb Space Telescope Instrument Systems Engineer

Other “NASA STEM Stars en Español” is part of a webchat series that connects students with subject matter experts to learn about STEM careers and ask questions about STEM topics.   This webchat, conducted in Spanish, will feature instrument systems engineer Dr. Begoña Vila. Learn about her work on the James Webb Space Telescope optical elements and her use of cryogenic testing to simulate a space environment. Join in and ask your questions! Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Thursday, July 16, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

FREE ONLINE PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Our Sky The Rice Space Institute is now hosting FREE online planetarium shows (both movies and live interactive star shows).  We are also streaming live events with local commentary and chance for Q&A. Our hosts are Professor Patricia Reiff of Rice and Adjunct Professor Carolyn Sumners (VP of Astronomy and Physical Science at the Houston Museum of Natural Science). We will be posting here the links to sign up to watch the shows and events (and ask live questions from the hosts and special guests each time).  English and Spanish versions are available.   Thanks to the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the NASA Space Science Education Consortium for sponsoring these programs. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Thursday, July 16, 2020, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM. For more info visit space.rice.edu.

For Libraries: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Virtual Conference

The Colorado Association of Libraries has announced a virtual DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility) webinar, to take place this July. Registration is open to library staff and supporters regardless of physical location. STAR Net staff including Brooks Mitchell, Claire Ratcliffe, and Anne Holland will be presenting. Learn more here. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Friday, July 17, 2020.

45th Anniversary (1975), Apollo-Soyuz Handshake

Human Spaceflight Cold War rivals met in Earth orbit on July 17, 1975, when an American Apollo docked with a Soviet Soyuz. Video footage shows the docking and historic handshake as NASA Astronauts Tom Stafford, Vance Brand and Deke Slayton meet Russian cosmonauts Aleksey Leonov and Valeriy Kubasov. Event Type: Mission Event. Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Mission Event Type: Mission Highlight. Arrival. Friday, July 17, 2020.

Mars Rover Launch window opens

Mars Launch Window: July 17 - Aug. 15, 2020 Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida Landing: Feb. 18, 2021 Landing Site: Jezero Crater, Mars Mission Duration: At least one Mars year (about 687 Earth days). Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Launch. Mission Highlight. Friday, July 17, 2020. For more info visit mars.jpl.nasa.gov.

Saturn At Opposition

Our Sky A planet is said to be at opposition to the sun when both it and the Earth are on the same side of the sun, all three in line. (The moon, when full, is in opposition to the sun; the Earth is then approximately between them.) Opposition is a good time to observe an outer planet with Earth-based instruments, because it is at its nearest point to the Earth and it is in its fullest phase. More from The Basics of Space Flight More on Saturn. Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Conjunction/ Opposition. Monday, July 20, 2020.

For Libraries: STEAM Equity Project

Other Needed: creative library leaders who would like work at the intersection of transforming library services, gender equity and cultural inclusion (especially with Latino families), STEAM learning, and positive youth development. See ALA’s website to: Start your application by submitting a brief Notice of Intent (deadline: July 20, 2020) , Read the project FAQs , Learn about the project advisors. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Monday, July 20, 2020.

NASA eClips Spotlite Design Challenge

Other Student production teams are needed! Gather your team, your creativity and video recording devices.   NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) want your team ( grades 6-12) to produce a video for the NASA eClips website. NASA Spotlites are 90- to 120-second videos that are written, filmed, edited and produced by students using the engineering design process. Each video submission should target a science misconception. More info here. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Monday, July 20, 2020.

NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program- Applications Open

Astrophysics NITARP, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. Small groups of educators partner with a mentor professional astronomer for an original research project. The educators incorporate the experience into their classrooms and share their experience with other teachers. The program runs January through January. Applications for the 2021 class of educators are  due on Monday, September 14, 2020. Most participants are high school classroom educators, but 8th grade, community college, and informal educators have participated as well.  The kinds of educators we are looking for are those who already know the basics of astronomy, and are interested in learning exactly how astronomy research is conducted. All educators must be US-based. For more information, please see http://nitarp.ipac.caltech.edu, or if you have any questions, contact us at our central email, nitarp@ipac.caltech.edu.  PDF of application instructions is here Collection of resources… Event Type: Registration Deadline. Monday, July 20, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Deadline - National STEM Innovation Partnership Solicitation

Other NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement is looking to increase collaborators during the 2020-21 school year. Paragon TEC, as a support service contractor to NASA, is soliciting proposals from eligible organizations, corporations, or public and private institutions including 1) STEM Networks or 2) STEM Influencers. STEM Networks include school districts, university systems, museums, science centers, and private organizations that are organized to provide high-quality STEM experiences direct to students through educator networks. STEM Influencers include organizations or individuals who use one or more forms of internet-based multimedia or communication platforms to reach large audiences to inform or entertain through original content development or original content analysis. This solicitation seeks partners for the dissemination and/or implementation of STEM engagement opportunities tied to one or more of four Next Gen STEM mission-focused activities as defined in the full solicitation entitled National STEM… Event Type: Registration Deadline. Monday, July 20, 2020, 8:59 PM. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

Next Moon Step Challenge Deadline

Human Spaceflight When Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the Moon in 1969, he famously said, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Now, over 50 years later, NASA's Artemis program will be sending the first woman and next man to the South Pole of the Moon, where water-ice has been found.  We want to hear what this means to you! The challenge  is open to K-12 students who attended US public, private, or home schools during the 2019-2020 school year. Challenge details here; entries due July 21, 2020. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

Pass the Torque: Q&A Video Series

Other Do you have a question for a NASA engineer? Check out the new Q&A video series from NASA’s Exploration and In-Space Services Division.  Each Tuesday, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Facebook and Twitter accounts introduce you to a NASA engineer with a photo and bio, asking viewers to submit questions. On Friday, check back to see the engineer answer questions that were collected throughout the week. Click here to watch archived episodes in the series. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

Mercury At Its Greatest Western Elongation (20 Degrees)

Our Sky Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

FREE ONLINE PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Other The Rice Space Institute is now hosting FREE online planetarium shows (both movies and live interactive star shows).  We are also streaming live events with local commentary and chance for Q&A. Our hosts are Professor Patricia Reiff of Rice and Adjunct Professor Carolyn Sumners (VP of Astronomy and Physical Science at the Houston Museum of Natural Science). We will be posting here the links to sign up to watch the shows and events (and ask live questions from the hosts and special guests each time).  English and Spanish versions are available.   Thanks to the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the NASA Space Science Education Consortium for sponsoring these programs. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. For more info visit space.rice.edu.

25th Anniversary (1995), Discovery of Comet Hale-Bopp by Alan Hale and Tom Bopp

Comets/Asteroids Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) was discovered in July 23, 1995, independently, by both Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp. Hale-Bopp was discovered at the amazing distance of 7.15 AU. One AU is equal to about 150 million km (93 million miles). More info here, and Alan Hale on the discovery here. Thursday, July 23, 2020.

NASA Educator Professional Development Workshop

Aeronautics NASA STEM Exploration: Engineering Challenge: Mars Helicopter NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars. The Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020. It will attempt controlled flight in Mars' thin atmosphere, which may enable more ambitious missions in the future. Make a Rotorcraft at home or in school. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, July 23, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

FREE ONLINE PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Our Sky The Rice Space Institute is now hosting FREE online planetarium shows (both movies and live interactive star shows).  We are also streaming live events with local commentary and chance for Q&A. Our hosts are Professor Patricia Reiff of Rice and Adjunct Professor Carolyn Sumners (VP of Astronomy and Physical Science at the Houston Museum of Natural Science). We will be posting here the links to sign up to watch the shows and events (and ask live questions from the hosts and special guests each time).  English and Spanish versions are available.   Thanks to the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the NASA Space Science Education Consortium for sponsoring these programs. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Thursday, July 23, 2020, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM. For more info visit space.rice.edu.

NASA Educator Professional Development Workshop

Mars Explore Solar System and Beyond: Preparing Perseverance for Mars Building on the legacy of past robotic explorers such as Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity, NASA is gearing up to launch the next robotic explorer, Perseverance, to usher in the next chapter of the long-term exploration of the Red Planet. In this special webinar, Lisa Guan, a planetary protection engineer NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will discuss her role in the project and offer insights into this historic mission. Engaging NASA-based educational materials and resources will also be presented during the webinar. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Saturday, July 25, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

15th Anniversary (2005), STS-114 Launch (Space Shuttle Discovery, ISS)

Human Spaceflight Commander Eileen Collins, Pilot James Kelly, Mission Specialists Charles Camarda, Wendy Lawrence, Soichi Noguchi, Stephen Robinson and Andrew Thomas. More here. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Sunday, July 26, 2020.

Reinvent the Rover Wheel Challenge

Mars This summer, the Perseverance rover will launch on a trip to explore Mars.Perseverance has six aluminum wheels with S-shaped treads called grousers that will help the rover drive across the sandy, rocky and hilly Martian terrain. To develop this wheel design, NASA engineers had to brainstorm ideas, create 3D designs and test different wheel prototypes.   What could wheels for future Mars rovers look like? We want innovative ideas from K-12 students! Use your creativity to design a rover wheel best equipped for the Red Planet’s terrain. Create a digital 3D model of your reinvented wheel, and write a short description of your design. While digital 3D models are encouraged, young inventors in grades K-5 can opt to provide an image of a sketch or mock-up instead of a 3D model. Out-of-this world entries will be featured with a NASA gold star in the challenge gallery. More info and enter here. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Sunday, July 26, 2020. For more info visit www.futureengineers.org.

Facebook Live Q&A with a NASA Artemis Engineer

Human Spaceflight Newton Public Library and Newton Public Schools will host a Facebook Live event with a member of the NASA Artemis engineering team. Watch live and ask questions on the NPL Facebook page! With the Artemis program, NASA aims to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. Then NASA will use what it learns on and around the Moon to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars. For more info on Artemis, visit https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis/. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Monday, July 27, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

NASA Educator Professional Development Workshop

Earth-Sun-Moon NASA STEM at Home or at School: The Air We Breathe There's a lot more than air in the atmosphere. Pick up STEAM with hands-on and inquiry based learning activities related to the Atmosphere and Aerosols.   Educators will use picture books and authentic real time data sets to solve air pollution problems. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, July 27, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Smithsonian K-12 Science Education Action Planning Institute

Other Educators, Parents, Community Members and Industry Stakeholders are invited to join the Smithsonian Science Education Center for a series of live, asynchronous meeting opportunities to tackle the challenge of ensuring K-12 science education remains a critical component in the classroom and community during COVID-19 and in the future.   Click here for a full schedule of events and registration information. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – Thursday, July 30, 2020.

Info Session - Become an Earth to Sky Regional Leader!

Earth-Sun-Moon Earth to Sky (ETS) has begun developing Regional Communities of Practice in Climate Communication. Each is led by a Regional Leadership Team that has received a week’s training at an ETS Academy, followed by ongoing mentoring and support from ETS Central Leadership. The next Earth to Sky Academy will be held January 25-29, 2021 at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD. The Academy is tuition-free. More information here. Team applications are due August 31, 2020. The Earth to Sky Academy is intended for teams of experienced informal educators and climate communication leaders who have a strong commitment to the ETS partnership and to furthering climate literacy within their respective regions. Academy content is based on over 15 years of experience and extensive evaluation of the ETS model. The goal of the Academy is to create a network of ETS Regional Leaders who will:   Catalyze, nurture, and sustain a regional community of practice of climate science communicators. , Develop and… Event Type: Registration Deadline. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

FREE ONLINE PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Other The Rice Space Institute is now hosting FREE online planetarium shows (both movies and live interactive star shows).  We are also streaming live events with local commentary and chance for Q&A. Our hosts are Professor Patricia Reiff of Rice and Adjunct Professor Carolyn Sumners (VP of Astronomy and Physical Science at the Houston Museum of Natural Science). We will be posting here the links to sign up to watch the shows and events (and ask live questions from the hosts and special guests each time).  English and Spanish versions are available.   Thanks to the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the NASA Space Science Education Consortium for sponsoring these programs. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. For more info visit space.rice.edu.

FREE ONLINE PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Our Sky The Rice Space Institute is now hosting FREE online planetarium shows (both movies and live interactive star shows).  We are also streaming live events with local commentary and chance for Q&A. Our hosts are Professor Patricia Reiff of Rice and Adjunct Professor Carolyn Sumners (VP of Astronomy and Physical Science at the Houston Museum of Natural Science). We will be posting here the links to sign up to watch the shows and events (and ask live questions from the hosts and special guests each time).  English and Spanish versions are available.   Thanks to the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the NASA Space Science Education Consortium for sponsoring these programs. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Informal Social Media Gathering. Thursday, July 30, 2020, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM. For more info visit space.rice.edu.

New "What's Up" Video Available

Our Sky Get your monthly overview of the night sky. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Monday, August 3, 2020.

Moon Occults Mars

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Occultation. Sunday, August 9, 2020.

30th Anniversary (1990), Magellan Enters Venus Orbit

Our Solar System NASA's Magellan mission to Venus was one of the most successful deep space missions. It was the first spacecraft to image the entire surface of Venus and made several discoveries about the planet. Magellan burned up about 10 hours after being commanded to plunge into the Venusian atmosphere.  More info here; historic website here. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Mission Event Type: Arrival. Monday, August 10, 2020.

Perseids Meteor Shower Peak

Our Sky A meteor is a space rock—or meteoroid—that enters Earth's atmosphere. As the space rock falls toward Earth, the resistance—or drag—of the air on the rock makes it extremely hot. What we see is a "shooting star." That bright streak is not actually the rock, but rather the glowing hot air as the hot rock zips through the atmosphere. When Earth encounters many meteoroids at once, we call it a meteor shower.  More from Space Place. Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Meteor Shower. Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

15th Anniversary (2005), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Launch

Mars The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, or MRO, has studied the Red Planet's atmosphere and terrain from orbit since 2006 and also serves as a key data relay station for other Mars missions, including the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. Equipped with a powerful camera called HiRISE that has aided in a number of discoveries, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has sent back thousands of stunning images of the Martian surface that are helping scientists learn more about Mars, including the history of water flows on or near the planet's surface. More here. Event Type: Mission Event. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Mission Event Type: Launch. Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Venus At Its Greatest Western Elongation (46 Degrees)

Our Sky Thursday, August 13, 2020.

Call for Proposals -- NASA Research Announcement for NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions, Remote Opportunity Rapid Response (TEAM II RORR)

Other The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA) NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions, Remote Opportunity Rapid Response (NNH20ZHA002N-TEAMIIRORR) is now accepting proposals, due August 13, 2020. Eligible proposers include U.S. non-profit science museums, planetariums, youth-serving organizations, and libraries. Proposed projects shall offer innovative remote or distance-learning opportunities, capable of reaching a diverse set of students with relevant NASA content, with specific focus on underserved and/or underrepresented students in STEM and helping to minimize the inequities faced by communities without ready access to information and communication technology. For full information: https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum/sites/default/files/TEAM%20II%20RORR.pdf. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Thursday, August 13, 2020.

Home on the Moon Project

Earth-Sun-Moon What would it be like to live on the Moon? Would living there be similar to living on Earth? The Aldrin Family Foundation wants you and your family to imagine what it might be like with the Home on the Moon project.   Perfect for completing at home, this interactive project invites students, families and teams to explore how systems work on Earth and how they can be modified to work on the Moon. Visit the project website here to find step-by-step instructions and videos that will guide you through the process. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Saturday, August 15, 2020.

Lunar Loo Challenge

Human Spaceflight As NASA prepares to send the first woman and next man to the Moon, engineers and scientists are busy working on the logistics and infrastructure needed to support astronauts for the trip, including a new toilet design.    The space toilet used on the International Space Station is designed to work for long-duration missions in microgravity. NASA’s Human Landing System Program is looking for ideas for a next-generation device for Artemis astronauts that is smaller, lighter, more efficient, and capable of working in both microgravity and lunar gravity.   Winning entries in the Technical Category are eligible for a portion of the $35,000 prize pool. A Junior Category is open to designers under 18 years of age.  More info here. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Monday, August 17, 2020.

National Aviation Day

Aeronautics Ever since 1939, August 19 has been celebrated as National Aviation Day, the legacy of a presidential proclamation first made by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Selected because it was Orville Wright’s birthday, the decision to revel in all things aeronautical came at an exciting time in aviation history. Share videos to celebrate the first “A” in NASA, and inspire the next generation of aeronautic explorers. Print out a gorgeous poster for your room, or do some simple activities with students (our favorites are “Flight Paths” and “Round Globe”), or find relevant childrens’ books for storytime.  A simple paper airplane engineering station is always a good activity, too! Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Wednesday, August 19, 2020. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

45th Anniversary (1975), Viking 1 Launch (Mars Lander/Orbiter)

Mars The first spacecraft to successfully land on Mars, Viking 1 was part of a two-part mission to investigate the Red Planet and search for signs of life. Viking 1 consisted of both an orbiter and a lander designed to take high-resolution images, and study the Martian surface and atmosphere. Operating on Mars' Chryse Planitia for more than six years, Viking 1 performed the first Martian soil sample using its robotic arm and a special biological laboratory. While it found no traces of life, Viking 1 did help better characterize Mars as a cold planet with volcanic soil, a thin, dry carbon dioxide atmosphere and strking evidence for ancient river beds and vast flooding.  More info. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Thursday, August 20, 2020, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Failure *is* an Option: The Agony & Inspiration of Defeat/ von Karman Lecture Series

Other There are lessons in defeat. This month’s show will discuss several notable failures in the course of JPL’s history of exploration and the incredibly valuable lessons from them. Did you know the loss of a Mars spacecraft led to a new system that lets us never lose contact during critical maneuvers? Or that a failed spacecraft antenna helped make better mobile phones? Space is hard — join us to hear how JPL turns setbacks into motivation. For more information. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Thursday, August 20, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

55th Anniversary (1965), Gemini 5 Launch (Cooper & Conrad)

Human Spaceflight During the summer of 1965, the United States began to pull even in the space race with the Soviet Union. The eight-day Gemini V endurance mission doubled America's spaceflight record set two months earlier. It also tested technology that would help make longer missions possible in the future.  Full story here. More about the Gemini program here. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Friday, August 21, 2020.

Centennial of Author Ray Bradbury's Birth

Other The New York Times called Bradbury "the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream". Bradbury's essay for NASA. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Saturday, August 22, 2020.

35th Anniversary (1985), STS-51-I

Human Spaceflight Commander Joe H. Engle, Pilot Richard O. Covey, and Mission Specialists James D. A. van Hoften, John M. Lounge and William F. Fisher.   Info here. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Thursday, August 27, 2020.

Deadline: Become an Earth to Sky Regional Leader!

Earth-Sun-Moon Earth to Sky (ETS) has begun developing Regional Communities of Practice in Climate Communication. Each is led by a Regional Leadership Team that has received a week’s training at an ETS Academy, followed by ongoing mentoring and support from ETS Central Leadership. The next Earth to Sky Academy will be held January 25-29, 2021 at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD. The Academy is tuition-free. Team applications are due August 31, 2020. The Earth to Sky Academy is intended for teams of experienced informal educators and climate communication leaders who have a strong commitment to the ETS partnership and to furthering climate literacy within their respective regions. Academy content is based on over 15 years of experience and extensive evaluation of the ETS model. The goal of the Academy is to create a network of ETS Regional Leaders who will: Catalyze, nurture, and sustain a regional community of practice of climate science communicators. , Develop and conduct effective ETS-style… Event Type: Registration Deadline. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, August 31, 2020.

New "What's Up" Video Available

Our Sky Get your monthly overview of the night sky. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program- Applications Due

Astrophysics NITARP, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. Small groups of educators partner with a mentor professional astronomer for an original research project. The educators incorporate the experience into their classrooms and share their experience with other teachers. The program runs January through January. Applications for the 2021 class of educators are due on Monday, September 14, 2020. Most participants are high school classroom educators, but 8th grade, community college, and informal educators have participated as well.  The kinds of educators we are looking for are those who already know the basics of astronomy, and are interested in learning exactly how astronomy research is conducted. All educators must be US-based. For more information, please see http://nitarp.ipac.caltech.edu, or if you have any questions, contact us at our central email, nitarp@ipac.caltech.edu.  PDF of application instructions is here Collection of resources for… Event Type: Registration Deadline. Monday, September 14, 2020.

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Earth-Sun-Moon The ozone layer, a fragile shield of gas, protects the Earth from the harmful portion of the rays of the sun, thus helping preserve life on the planet. The phaseout of controlled uses of ozone depleting substances and the related reductions have not only helped protect the ozone layer for this and future generations, but have also contributed significantly to global efforts to address climate change; furthermore, it has protected human health and ecosystems by limiting the harmful ultraviolet radiation from reaching the earth. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Wednesday, September 16, 2020. For more info visit www.un.org.

Visualizing Space Exploration: AR, VR & Emerging Tech/ von Karman Lecture Series

Other We will explore how Augmented Reality, Virtual reality, and other forms of Mission Ops visualization can influence our Public Outreach and vice versa. As we delve deeper into the synergy of this work, we will see how it affects the way we design our spacecraft and the way we look at the world. For more information. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Thursday, September 17, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Autumnal Equinox

Our Sky The autumnal equinox is one of two points in Earth’s orbit where the Sun equally illuminates the northern and southern hemisphere, which creates roughly equal periods of daytime and nighttime across the globe.  Astronomers consider this the astronomical beginning of Fall in the northern hemisphere.   See the equinox and solstices from space. Celestial Event Type: Solstice / Equinox. Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 6:31 AM.

New "What's Up" Video Available

Our Sky Get your monthly overview of the night sky. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Thursday, October 1, 2020.

NASA Space Apps Challenge

Other Now in its 9th year, Space Apps is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities around the world, where teams engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Friday, October 2, 2020 – Sunday, October 4, 2020.

World Space Week

Our Solar System Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate the United Nations-declared World Space Week,. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957. World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 70 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities to excite students about science and technology. Participating is easy. Visit the World Space Week website to find educational resources to use in the classroom. Share your own lessons and events to get maximum recognition for your school. After your events, visit the website to share details and lessons learned. To learn more about World Space Week, visit http://www.worldspaceweek.org. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Sunday, October 4, 2020 – Saturday, October 10, 2020.