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|Scientia Conference Video Online||Video footage of the Scientia Conference on Space Exploration and Human Imagination held April 11-12 at Rice University, containing all presentations, is now available online. The conference examined how our growing understanding of the universe is changing our perceptions of humanity, what the societal and cultural implications are of the expansion of human presence in space, and how the culture of space exploration is changing.|
|NOAA Education Resources||Find out about oceans, the atmosphere, climate, tropical storms and hurricanes, and more at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA) Education Resources website. Along with educational material, educational opportunities for teachers and students are listed.|
|Open-Access Scientific Journal: Elementa||
Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is an open-access, nonprofit journal, founded by BioOne and five collaborating academic institutions: Dartmouth, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington.
Elementa publishes original research reporting on new knowledge of the Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems; interactions between human and natural systems; and steps that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to global change. The journal is organized into six knowledge domains--atmospheric science, earth and environmental science, ecology, ocean science, sustainable engineering, and sustainability transitions. Elementa is now accepting submissions.
|Send Your Name and Haiku to Mars||
Submit your name and a message, in the form of a haiku poem, to be sent into Mars orbit on the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. The top three most popular haikus, decided by a public vote, will be sent to Mars onboard the MAVEN spacecraft and will be prominently displayed on the MAVEN website. The deadline is July 1. MAVEN is scheduled to launch this November.
Submit your name and message and see the contest rules online.
On Monday, May 13, NASA will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launch of Skylab, America’s first space station, with a televised roundtable discussion featuring Skylab astronauts, a current astronaut, and agency managers planning future space missions. The discussion, open to NASA employees and the public, will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT in the James Webb Auditorium of NASA Headquarters at 300 E St. SW in Washington. The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
Participants will include:
See it live on NASA TV.
|Holiday Closure||The Lunar and Planetary Institute will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28.|
|LPI Earth and Space Science Newsletter||The latest issue of the LPI Earth and Space Science Newsletter is now available online. This newsletter includes a calendar of upcoming events, list of workshops and courses, ways to get involved, information about grants and funding, a list of educator resources, and mission news and science. Sign up to receive the newsletter as a monthly email.|
|Cosmic Explorations Lecture: Black Holes||
The Lunar and Planetary Institutes invites all inquisitive adults to attend Black Holes Inside and Out, a presentation by Dr. Andrew Hamilton on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 7:30pm. Dr. Hamilton is a professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
This presentation is the last of this season's Cosmic Explorations Speakers Series called “A User’s Guide to the Universe: You Live Here. Here’s What You Need to Know.”
|USGS Topo Data on the Go||From the United States Geological Survey (USGS), National Map Topographic Data are now available on mobile devices that use the Android or iOS operating system. See the USGS announcement online to find out how to access this information on your mobile device.|
|AIAA Annual Technical Symposium||
The American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA) Houston chapter is holding their Annual Technical Symposium on Friday, May 17 at the Gilruth Center, NASA/Johnson Space Center. This all-day conference will cover a variety of topics including space exploration, space commercialization, astrodynamics, robotics, human space policy, and space history.
The cost to attend the conference is $15. Registration is open to all--AIAA membership and JSC badging is not required--and walk-ins are welcome. Find out more at the 2013 Annual Technical Symposium webpage.
|Humans 2 Mars Summit Webcast||The second annual Humans 2 Mars Summit is going on May 6-8 at George Washington University. Watch the webcast live at the conference's home on LiveStream.|
|Be an Asteroid Mapper||
Asteroid Mappers launched with the goal of helping scientists develop a statistical foundation for understanding the age of planetary surfaces. Check out the Vesta Edition. Vesta is a unique body because of its size and history--the craters and surfaces aren’t very well behaved, so new challenges already exist. Asteroid Mappers will push the boundaries of existing citizen science to find out just how good the public can get at higher level mapping tasks.
Count craters, discover boulder fields, mark unique features. Finish analyzing an image and send your work off to contribute to NASA's Dawn mission science. Register, take the online tutorial, and start mapping!
|Space Day 2013||
Since its launch in 1997, the Space Day educational initiative, which takes place on the first Friday of each May, has evolved into a massive grassroots effort dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits and opportunities in the exploration and use of space. The ultimate goal is to promote math, science, technology and engineering education by nurturing young peoples' enthusiasm for the wonders of the universe and inspiring them to continue the stellar work of today's space explorers.
Celebrate Space Day and check out the events, games and resources online at the Space Day website.
|Space Telescope Science Institute Lectures||The Space Telescope Science Institute presents live and on-demand webcasts related to science, technology, and business to the scientific community and the public at-large. Previous lectures from 2005 through 2013 are available online and cover a variety of cosmic topics.|
|Online Science Exhibits||The Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, England, has been creating virtual versions of their exhibitions since 1995. These online exhibits include Atmospheres, Anvilled Stars, Moonscope, Titan: A New World Explored, and Cosmographia.|
|Lab Out Loud||
Lab Out Loud is a podcast and blog that discusses science news and science education with leading scientists, researchers, science writers and other important figures in the field. The podcast, hosted by science teachers Dale Basler and Brian Bartel, covers a variety of topics in science and science education--the latest episode is Episode 95, Helping Students Imagine Mars.
Support for Lab Out Loud is provided by the National Science Teachers Association.
|Fly Along with Voyager||
The public can fly along with NASA's Voyager spacecraft as the twin probes head towards interstellar space, the space between stars. NASA's Eyes on the Solar System program, a Web-based, video-game-like tool to journey with NASA's spacecraft through the solar system, has added a Voyager module that takes viewers along for a ride with Voyager 1 as it explores the outer limits of the heliosphere. Time has been sped up to show one day per second. Rolls and other maneuvers are incorporated into the program, based on actual spacecraft navigation data. The charged particle data are also shown.
|MyMoon Webcast with Brian Day||
Join the conversation with Brian Day and learn more about the next NASA mission to the Moon, LADEE. New discoveries find the Moon a far more exciting place than we previously thought. This August, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) — part of the new generation of robotic lunar explorers) — will launch from Wallops Flight Facility, and orbit the Moon! This mission will be the FIRST launch of the new Minotaur V rocket and will provide us with a greater understanding of the structure of the very thin lunar atmosphere and dust within it. LADEE will also provide opportunities for you to get involved through citizen science and observations during the mission. Come with questions and be prepared to learn how YOU can get involved!
The MyMoon webcast will be held on Tuesday, May 21, at 8 pm EDT.
|The Franklin Institute's Case Files||The Franklin Institute presents “The Case Files” online, highlighting individuals from the history of science and technology. Each thematic group of case files begins with commentary from a distinguished historian of the discipline. All contain scans of related newspaper clippings, personal letters, book excerpts, and more, and some have podcasts. Topics include computing, transportation, cosmic inquiry, energy and communications.|
|The Engines of Our Ingenuity Turns 25||The Engines of Our Ingenuity turns 25 this year. Engines is a radio program that tells the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity. Written and hosted by John Lienhard and other contributors, it is heard nationally on Public Radio and produced by KUHF-FM Houston. Among other features, this website houses the transcripts for every episode heard since the show's inception in 1988. There are also lots of extras, such as audio files, episodes in Spanish, and related talks and papers.|
|HubbleSource||HubbleSource is a growing collection of resources for educators, developers, interpreters, producers, and other professionals in museums, planetaria, nature centers, observatory and park visitor centers, and other free-choice learning venues. Its products and resources include exhibits and shows, source material, events and services. HubbleSource is part of the public outreach effort at the Space Telescope Science Institute.|
|Online Books from NSSDC||The National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC), NASA’s permanent archive for space science mission data, has made available a large number of online books about planetary and lunar science and exploration. Their collection covers the planets of the solar system, manned and unmanned missions, Apollo documents, NASA history, technology, and more.|
|International Observe the Moon Night 2013||International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) 2013 is Saturday, October 12. While it is still several months away, you can register your InOMN 2013 event now. Visit the registration page and put your event on the map.|
|Aerospace Education Services Project Webinars||
The Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP), NASA's longest-running K-12 education project, is offering free webinars open to all educators. There is no software to download and no special equipment is required to interact. Just go to the meeting room URL and use your name to sign in as a guest. Certificates of completion are available to participants. All webinars are hosted at https://meeting.psu.edu/neon.
Upcoming AESP webinars will feature the following topics: Space Faring, the Kepler Mission, Robotics, Engineering Design, Rockets, the Solar System, Mars, and the Sun.
|Exploring Space Lecture: Edward C. Stone||The Exploring Space lecture series sponsored by the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC will feature presenter Edward C. Stone on Tuesday, April 16, at 8 pm EDT. His talk, Voyager Journey to the Edge of Interstellar Space, will be held at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater. This lecture will be available via live webcast.|