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Orionids Meteor Shower Peak

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Meteor Shower. Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Earn STEM Digital Badges to Celebrate the Centennial of NASA's Langley Research Center

Aeronautics To celebrate NASA's Langley Research Center's Centennial, three STEM digital badges are now available for educators and students in grades 5-9. Discover the role of cloud types in the Earth’s Energy Budget; how drag is used to land the Mars2020 Rover on Mars; and the importance of composite materials for airplanes. The first 1,000 educators to complete all three badges by Oct. 21, 2017, will receive a NASA insignia iron-on patch. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Saturday, October 21, 2017. For more info visit nasatxstate-epdc.net.

National Chemistry Week 2017: Chemistry Rocks!

Earth-Sun-Moon Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Sunday, October 22, 2017. For more info visit www.acs.org.

25th Anniversary (1992), STS-52 Launch

Human Spaceflight Commander James D. Wetherbee, Pilot Michael A. Baker, Mission Specialists Charles L. Veach, William M. Shepherd, Tamara E. Jernigan and Payload Specialist Steven A. MacLean. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Sunday, October 22, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

Apply to Receive Free ‘Explore Science: Earth & Space 2018’ Toolkits

Our Solar System The National Informal STEM Education Network, or NISE Network, is pleased to offer free “Explore Science: Earth & Space 2018” toolkits to new and existing eligible partners in the United States. In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology and society. In addition to the physical toolkits, all digital materials will be available online as a free download in February 2018. A total of 250 toolkits will be awarded to eligible organizations through a competitive application process. Eligible organizations include children’s museums, science centers, science museums, public planetariums and observatories, and NASA visitor centers located in the U.S. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2017. To learn more, visit http://www.nisenet.org/blog/post/applications-free-physical-2018-explore-science-earth-space-toolkits-hands-activities-due. Please direct questions about this opportunity to Catherine… Sunday, October 22, 2017. For more info visit www.nisenet.org.

National Chemistry Week 2017: Chemistry Rocks!

Earth-Sun-Moon Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Monday, October 23, 2017. For more info visit www.acs.org.

Solar Week

Earth-Sun-Moon A lively week of online activities and current info about our sun for youth ages 10-14, including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games for a whole week. In addition, there’s a an online interactive message board where your group or class can submit a question to leading solar scientists. Every fall and spring since 2000, Solar Week has provided a week-long series of Web-based group activities, detailed info and games geared for youth with a focus on our dynamic Sun and its effects on Earth. Participants learn about solar eclipses – like the one the US just experienced on August 21 --  sunspots, solar flares and solar storms throughout the week. Solar Week is ideal for those who are interested in the solar system, the stars, or astronomy in general. It's also for young people wondering what it's like being a scientist, and pondering possible career choices. It’s a great place for anyone interested in our nearest star, the Sun! Note: Teachers and group leaders, please read the FAQs before your group s… Event Type: Annual /Historic. Monday, October 23, 2017. For more info visit multiverse.ssl.berkeley.edu.

10th Anniversary (2007), STS-120 Launch

Human Spaceflight Commander Pamela A. Melroy, Flight Engineer Daniel M. Tani; Pilot George D. Zamka, Mission Specialists Douglas H. Wheelock, Scott E. Parazynski, Stephanie D. Wilson and European Space Agency's  Paolo Nespoli. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Monday, October 23, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

Send Your Name to Mars

Mars NASA’s next mission to Mars, the InSight lander, will study the deep interior of Mars to advance our understanding of the early history of all rocky planets, including Earth.  Encourage the Mars enthusiasts in your community to participate in this mission by adding their name to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch in May 2018.  Learn more here. Share this link with members of your staff and guests: Send your name to Mars Submit your name by Nov. 1, 2017. ATTENTION FREQUENT FLYERS: If you flew your name during our last opportunity in 2015, your name is already aboard the spacecraft.  You can retrieve your boarding pass here: https://mars.nasa.gov/syn/insight   Follow InSight at: Twitter:  https://twitter.com/NASAInSight Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NASAInSight. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Monday, October 23, 2017. For more info visit mars.jpl.nasa.gov.

National Chemistry Week 2017: Chemistry Rocks!

Earth-Sun-Moon Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Tuesday, October 24, 2017. For more info visit www.acs.org.

Solar Week

Earth-Sun-Moon A lively week of online activities and current info about our sun for youth ages 10-14, including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games for a whole week. In addition, there’s a an online interactive message board where your group or class can submit a question to leading solar scientists. Every fall and spring since 2000, Solar Week has provided a week-long series of Web-based group activities, detailed info and games geared for youth with a focus on our dynamic Sun and its effects on Earth. Participants learn about solar eclipses – like the one the US just experienced on August 21 --  sunspots, solar flares and solar storms throughout the week. Solar Week is ideal for those who are interested in the solar system, the stars, or astronomy in general. It's also for young people wondering what it's like being a scientist, and pondering possible career choices. It’s a great place for anyone interested in our nearest star, the Sun! Note: Teachers and group leaders, please read the FAQs before your group s… Event Type: Annual /Historic. Tuesday, October 24, 2017. For more info visit multiverse.ssl.berkeley.edu.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Aeronautics Technology for Exploration - Speed of Sound For decades, NASA has been studying aircraft noise in order to reduce the impact jet aircraft have on the world.  New techniques for reducing noise emissions from engines are constantly being developed. Come learn about motions and forces, transfer of energy, and the abilities of technological design as they use a variety of materials and methods to reduce or eliminate noise.  The speed of sound and how that speed depends on certain variables are important concepts related to the physics of sound. There are hands-on experiments and physical demonstrations that educators can use to make and share connections to this research within their classroom.  This educational activity aligns to NASA Education API 2.4.2 - Continue to support STEM educators through the delivery of NASA education content and engagement in educator professional development opportunities. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

National Chemistry Week 2017: Chemistry Rocks!

Earth-Sun-Moon Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Wednesday, October 25, 2017. For more info visit www.acs.org.

Solar Week

Earth-Sun-Moon A lively week of online activities and current info about our sun for youth ages 10-14, including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games for a whole week. In addition, there’s a an online interactive message board where your group or class can submit a question to leading solar scientists. Every fall and spring since 2000, Solar Week has provided a week-long series of Web-based group activities, detailed info and games geared for youth with a focus on our dynamic Sun and its effects on Earth. Participants learn about solar eclipses – like the one the US just experienced on August 21 --  sunspots, solar flares and solar storms throughout the week. Solar Week is ideal for those who are interested in the solar system, the stars, or astronomy in general. It's also for young people wondering what it's like being a scientist, and pondering possible career choices. It’s a great place for anyone interested in our nearest star, the Sun! Note: Teachers and group leaders, please read the FAQs before your group s… Event Type: Annual /Historic. Wednesday, October 25, 2017. For more info visit multiverse.ssl.berkeley.edu.

100th Anniversary ( 1917), Birth of Futurist Arthur C. Clarke

Other Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Wednesday, October 25, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

National Chemistry Week 2017: Chemistry Rocks!

Earth-Sun-Moon Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Thursday, October 26, 2017. For more info visit www.acs.org.

Solar Week

Earth-Sun-Moon A lively week of online activities and current info about our sun for youth ages 10-14, including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games for a whole week. In addition, there’s a an online interactive message board where your group or class can submit a question to leading solar scientists. Every fall and spring since 2000, Solar Week has provided a week-long series of Web-based group activities, detailed info and games geared for youth with a focus on our dynamic Sun and its effects on Earth. Participants learn about solar eclipses – like the one the US just experienced on August 21 --  sunspots, solar flares and solar storms throughout the week. Solar Week is ideal for those who are interested in the solar system, the stars, or astronomy in general. It's also for young people wondering what it's like being a scientist, and pondering possible career choices. It’s a great place for anyone interested in our nearest star, the Sun! Note: Teachers and group leaders, please read the FAQs before your group s… Event Type: Annual /Historic. Thursday, October 26, 2017. For more info visit multiverse.ssl.berkeley.edu.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Our Solar System Technology for Exploration: Mysteries of Saturn and Cassini Saturn's ringed world has attracted attention ever since humans first looked at the sky. We first got a close-up look at the planet when the Pioneer and Voyager spacecrafts swung by Saturn in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Explore the incredible Cassini mission to Saturn and what we know about Saturn that you can share with your students in the classroom. Online registration is required. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, October 26, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

National Chemistry Week 2017: Chemistry Rocks!

Earth-Sun-Moon Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Friday, October 27, 2017. For more info visit www.acs.org.

Solar Week

Earth-Sun-Moon A lively week of online activities and current info about our sun for youth ages 10-14, including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games for a whole week. In addition, there’s a an online interactive message board where your group or class can submit a question to leading solar scientists. Every fall and spring since 2000, Solar Week has provided a week-long series of Web-based group activities, detailed info and games geared for youth with a focus on our dynamic Sun and its effects on Earth. Participants learn about solar eclipses – like the one the US just experienced on August 21 --  sunspots, solar flares and solar storms throughout the week. Solar Week is ideal for those who are interested in the solar system, the stars, or astronomy in general. It's also for young people wondering what it's like being a scientist, and pondering possible career choices. It’s a great place for anyone interested in our nearest star, the Sun! Note: Teachers and group leaders, please read the FAQs before your group s… Event Type: Annual /Historic. Friday, October 27, 2017. For more info visit multiverse.ssl.berkeley.edu.

National Chemistry Week 2017: Chemistry Rocks!

Earth-Sun-Moon Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Saturday, October 28, 2017. For more info visit www.acs.org.

International Observe the Moon Night

Our Sky An annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration, as well as the cultural and personal connections we all have with Earth's nearest neighbor.  Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an InOMN event — and uniting on one day each year to look at and learn about the Moon together. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Saturday, October 28, 2017. For more info visit www.lpi.usra.edu.

Moon Occults Neptune

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Monday, October 30, 2017.

Apply for an Earth & Space toolkit

Other The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to offer 250 free Explore Science: Earth & Space 2018 toolkits to new and existing eligible partners in the United States.  In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.  Applications due November 1. Activities are designed for use in children’s museums, science centers, science museums, public planetariums and observatories, and NASA visitor centers and are designed for family audiences with a range of experiences appropriate for visitors ages 4 through adult. Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits will include: Ten hands-on activities to engage the public in Earth and space sciences including: heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science, astrophysics, and their connections to society , Professional development materials including activity training videos , Event planning guides , Marketing and… Event Type: Registration Deadline. Monday, October 30, 2017. For more info visit www.nisenet.org.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Other Simple Machine Shoebox Rovers This exciting activity features all six simple machines - lever, wedge, screw, pulley, inclined plane and wheels & axles - which are also combined to create more complex, kinetic systems. Students are inspired by real NASA missions while gaining critical mechanical skills, design-thinking principles and physical science concepts. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, October 30, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

Mission X Walk to the Moon Challenge- Registration Open

Human Spaceflight In 2018, Mission X is challenging Fit Explorers around the world to work together to perform activities that will move online mascot Astro Charlie the 478 million steps required to walk from Earth to the moon! That's 238,857 miles, or 384,403 kilometers! Visit the website for full challenge details and to do your part to help reach the out-of-this-world goal.  Registration ends 12/31/17. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Tuesday, October 31, 2017. For more info visit trainlikeanastronaut.org.

Dark Matter Day

Astrophysics On and around October 31, 2017, the world will celebrate the historic hunt for the unseen—something that scientists refer to as dark matter. Local events planned by institutions and individuals around the planet will engage the public in discussions about what we know about dark matter, and about the many present and planned experiments that seek to solve its mysteries. Tuesday, October 31, 2017. For more info visit www.darkmatterday.com.

Halloween Fun!

Other Planet masks , Epic Pumpkin carving at JPL, Spooky exoplanets, Pumpkin stencils , Halloween-y astronomical images, Halloween History. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Deadline- Request a Video Chat Session with an ISS Astronaut

Human Spaceflight STEM on Station, a NASA Education office, would like to share an opportunity with your organization.  We are currently accepting letters of intent from educational organizations interested in hosting an In-flight Education Downlink. A downlink is a twenty-minute video Q&A session between a U.S. educational organization and an astronaut on board the International Space Station (ISS.) Did you know we have had continuous human presence in space for almost 17 years? Astronauts and cosmonauts have been living, working, and researching onboard the ISS and want to share their knowledge and experiences with you! Hosting an education downlink is an opportunity to link students to astronauts aboard the space station providing a unique, authentic experience designed to enhance student learning, performance and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) – it is out of this world! STEM on Station is looking for organizations interested in hosting a downlink during Expedition 55/56, which runs… Event Type: Registration Deadline. Wednesday, November 1, 2017. For more info visit informal.jpl.nasa.gov.

Future Engineers: Two for the Crew Challenge - Now Open

Human Spaceflight Calling all students! Use your ingenuity to create a tool that combines the functions of two objects already being used by crew aboard the International Space Station! Visit the challenge website to find out about space station tools and to get brainstorming resources to help you create a design. The site provides links to free 3-D design software. The winning design will be 3-D printed on the station. Entries due December 19. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Wednesday, November 1, 2017. For more info visit www.futureengineers.org.

Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars

Mars NASA’s next mission to Mars, the InSight lander, will study the deep interior of Mars to advance our understanding of the early history of all rocky planets, including Earth.  Encourage the Mars enthusiasts in your community to participate in this mission by adding their name to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch in May 2018.  Learn more here: Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars. Share this link with members of your staff and guests!  Send your name to Mars Submit your name by Nov. 1, 2017. ATTENTION FREQUENT FLYERS: If you flew your name during our last opportunity in 2015, your name is already aboard the spacecraft.  You can retrieve your boarding pass here: https://mars.nasa.gov/syn/insight   Follow InSight at: Twitter:  https://twitter.com/NASAInSight Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NASAInSight. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Wednesday, November 1, 2017. For more info visit mars.nasa.gov.

Deadline - Send Your Name to Mars

Mars NASA’s next mission to Mars, the InSight lander, will study the deep interior of Mars to advance our understanding of the early history of all rocky planets, including Earth.  Encourage the Mars enthusiasts in your community to participate in this mission by adding their name to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch in May 2018.  Learn more here. Share this link with members of your staff and guests: Send your name to Mars Submit your name by Nov. 1, 2017. ATTENTION FREQUENT FLYERS: If you flew your name during our last opportunity in 2015, your name is already aboard the spacecraft.  You can retrieve your boarding pass here: https://mars.nasa.gov/syn/insight   Follow InSight at: Twitter:  https://twitter.com/NASAInSight Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NASAInSight. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Wednesday, November 1, 2017. For more info visit mars.jpl.nasa.gov.

New "What's Up" Video Available

Our Sky Get your monthly overview of the night sky, from JPL's Jane Houston Jones. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Wednesday, November 1, 2017. For more info visit www.jpl.nasa.gov.

Deadline- Apply for an Earth & Space toolkit

Other The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to offer 250 free Explore Science: Earth & Space 2018 toolkits to new and existing eligible partners in the United States.  In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society. Activities are designed for use in children’s museums, science centers, science museums, public planetariums and observatories, and NASA visitor centers and are designed for family audiences with a range of experiences appropriate for visitors ages 4 through adult. Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits will include: Ten hands-on activities to engage the public in Earth and space sciences including: heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science, astrophysics, and their connections to society , Professional development materials including activity training videos , Event planning guides , Marketing and promotional materials In… Event Type: Registration Deadline. Wednesday, November 1, 2017. For more info visit www.nisenet.org.

STEM in 30: The Psychology of Long Term Space Flight: Music, Art, and Creature Comforts

Human Spaceflight Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

STEM in 30: The Psychology of Long Term Space Flight: Music, Art, and Creature Comforts

Human Spaceflight Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Commercial Crew 2018 Calendar Artwork Contest

Human Spaceflight NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2018 calendar. Each month will have a different theme related to the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more! Unique and original artwork will be selected for each month. Once the calendar is complete, NASA will transmit it to astronauts aboard the space station. The calendar also will include supplemental education materials for kids on Earth to learn more about the space-related themes. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Thursday, November 2, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

100th Anniversary (1917), Mount Wilson 100-inch Telescope First Light

Our Sky Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Thursday, November 2, 2017. For more info visit www.mtwilson.edu.

70th Anniversary (1947) Howard Hughes Flies Spruce Goose

Aeronautics Event Type: Annual /Historic. Thursday, November 2, 2017. For more info visit crgis.ndc.nasa.gov.

Documenting How You Change the World

Other Part of a series on how to participate in the 2017 International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) on Friday, November 10.  Time, webinar access details pending. Repeat session will be held on 11/3. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, November 2, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit www.astc.org.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Human Spaceflight Remote Sensing at NASA: For Your Eyes Only Explore our Earth from above, through the eyes of the astronauts. Learn how human observations from space enable us to better understand our Earth. Using NASA missions, real data, online resources and classroom lessons we’ll investigate our home planet with eyes from above. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, November 2, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

60th Anniversary (1957), Launch of Sputnik 2, with Laika the Dog Aboard

Human Spaceflight The first being to orbit the Earth was a female part-Samoyed terrier originally named Kudryavka (Little Curly) but later renamed Laika (Barker). She weighed about 6 kg. The pressurized cabin on the Soviet mission Sputnik 2 allowed enough room for her to lie down or stand and was padded. An air regeneration system provided oxygen; food and water were dispensed in a gelatinized form. Laika was fitted with a harness, a bag to collect waste, and electrodes to monitor vital signs. The early telemetry indicated Laika was agitated but eating her food. There was no capability of returning a payload safely to Earth at this time, so it was planned that Laika would run out of oxygen after about 10 days of orbiting the Earth. Because of the thermal problems she probably only survived a day or two. The mission provided scientists with the first data on the behavior of a living organism orbiting in the space environment. More on animals in space. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Friday, November 3, 2017. For more info visit nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Documenting How You Change the World

Other Part of a series on how to participate in the 2017 International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) on Friday, November 10.  Time, webinar access details pending. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Friday, November 3, 2017, 4:00 AM – 5:00 AM. For more info visit www.astc.org.

South Taurid Meteor Shower Peak

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Sunday, November 5, 2017.

Moon Occults Aldebaran

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Occultation. Monday, November 6, 2017.

50th Anniversary (1967), Surveyor 6 Launch

Earth-Sun-Moon Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Tuesday, November 7, 2017. For more info visit www.jpl.nasa.gov.

Hands-on STEM Fun With STAR Net

Other Hunting for activities for your library’s next STEM program? Look no further! Hands-on Fun with STAR Net will highlight several different hands-on activities from the STEM Activity Clearinghouse that were designed with the library setting in mind. Whether you are new to STEM programming or are already a “STEM Superstar” we hope you will join us for tips, techniques, and loads of fun! Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. For more info visit events-na1.adobeconnect.com.

Launch- Orbital ATK Resupply Mission to Space Station

Human Spaceflight Orbital ATK's eighth contracted commercial resupply services mission, launching aboard an Antares rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, will deliver several tons of cargo including crew supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station. Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Launch. Friday, November 10, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

Drop Tower Challenge: Microgravity Expulsion From Water

Other NASA challenges teams of high school students to design and build objects that sink in water in normal gravity but will be expelled as far as possible out of water during free fall in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower at Glenn Research Center. The expulsion must result from hydrophobic surface properties of the object. Top-performing teams will be invited to present their results in a poster session at the 2018 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research. Proposals are due Nov. 10, 2017. For more information, visit https://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/education-outreach/expulsion/. Please direct questions about this opportunity to Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.gov. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Friday, November 10, 2017. For more info visit spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov.

International Science Center and Science Museum Day

Other The International Science Center and Science Museum Day is a yearly, global event illustrating the impact and reach of all the world’s science centers and science museums. It demonstrates the role these institutions play with their millions of visitors in raising awareness of—and engagement in—sustainable development and the solutions to worldwide challenges. Science centers and science museums worldwide take the opportunity of this day to celebrate and promote their missions through widely diverse informal science education and engagement activities addressing the critical topics articulated in the UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the world’s nations in late 2015. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Friday, November 10, 2017. For more info visit www.iscsmd.org.

Moon Occults Regulus

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Occultation. Saturday, November 11, 2017.

North Taurid Meteor Shower Peak

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Meteor Shower. Sunday, November 12, 2017.

Venus Passes 0.3 Degrees From Jupiter

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Passing Within a Few Degrees. Monday, November 13, 2017.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon Remote Sensing at NASA: My NASA Data Participants will get an overview of resources from the My NASA Data website which may be used to discuss topics from climate system interactions to ocean ecology to forest fires using authentic data. Use of the Live Access Server for data analysis will also be discussed. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, November 13, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

Launch: Ionospheric Connection Explorer

Earth-Sun-Moon The Ionospheric Connection Explorer will study the frontier of space: the dynamic zone high in our atmosphere where Earth weather and space weather meet. Here, the tenuous gases are anything but quiet, as a mix of neutral and charged particles swirl in giant winds. ICON will launch no earlier than June 2017. Check https://www.nasa.gov/launchschedule/ for latest updates. Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Launch. Tuesday, November 14, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

Online Workshop: Museum Community Partnerships -Girl Scouts

Other The Girl Scouts released a new set of STEM badges in 2017! Join us to learn about the new badges, and how science museums can successfully partner with their local Girl Scout troops. We'll be joined by STEM Strategy staff from Girls Scouts USA, as well as staff from museums who have built successful partnerships with their local troops. We'll also highlight activities from the Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit that are ideal for Girl Scouts programs. Presenters Organizers: Anna Hurst, Astronomical Society of the Pacific and Christina Leavell, Science Museum of Minnesota Suzanne Harper, Girl Scouts USA , Joelle Adolfi and Stephanie Hildreth, Rochester Museum & Science Center , Kristen Martin, The Tech Museum of Innovation , Brenda Gabel, Girl Scouts of Northern California. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit www.nisenet.org.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Other Space Mathematics: Linking Math and Science Space Mathematics is a two part series designed to help educators make the critical linkage between Mathematics and Science in the classroom. In Part 1 – Linking Math and Science, participants will survey some of the available NASA resources and discuss the use of science as a vehicle for mathematics instruction. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

Deadline: Hosting an ARISS Contact in the USA

Human Spaceflight For US Educators: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station--Students Talk to Astronauts Call for Proposals -- Window is September 15 – November 15, 2017 The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crewmember on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the radio contact would be held between Jul 1, 2018 and Dec 31, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits determine the exact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Students learn about technology, communications, and science studied on board the ISS. The deadline to submit a proposal is November 15, 2017. For proposal information and details such as expectations, proposal guidelines, proposal form and days/times of proposal… Event Type: Registration Deadline. Wednesday, November 15, 2017. For more info visit www.ariss.org.

STEM in 30: Meet Orion and SLS: America's Next Great Spacecraft

Human Spaceflight Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

STEM in 30: Meet Orion and SLS: America's Next Great Spacecraft

Human Spaceflight Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon Earth Sense: the Scoop on Soil Explore the GLOBE program and get insights in how to bring an outdoor experience to your students. The scoop on soils. will focus on hands-on inquiry based experiences. Learn how NASA's SMAP mission collects data about soil moisture. Explore the Elementary GLOBE resources including Teacher guides, protocols, activities, storybooks and related STEM activities designed for grades K-12. The activities promote problem solving, communication skills and teamwork while engaging the students in learning that is both fun and relevant to their everyday lives. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

Mars 2020, or There and Back Again / von Karman Lecture Series

Mars Four years from now, NASA and JPL will once again rove the red planet with Mars 2020. This time mission objectives include exploration of extremely ancient habitats to enable the collection of a set of samples that could one day be returned to Earth. Analysis of carefully selected samples from Mars in laboratories on Earth would transform planetary science and the search for extraterrestrial life. The speaker will discuss the evolving scientific strategy for Mars 2020, including the impending selection of a landing site. Speaker: Ken Williford is the Deputy Project Scientist for Mars 2020 and directs the JPL Astrobiogeochemistry Laboratory (abcLab). Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:00 PM. Online or live at The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL 4800 Oak Grove Drive Pasadena, CA. For more info visit www.jpl.nasa.gov.

Leonids Meteor Shower Peak

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Meteor Shower. Friday, November 17, 2017.

Mars 2020, or There and Back Again/ von Karman Lecture Series

Mars Four years from now, NASA and JPL will once again rove the red planet with Mars 2020. This time mission objectives include exploration of extremely ancient habitats to enable the collection of a set of samples that could one day be returned to Earth. Analysis of carefully selected samples from Mars in laboratories on Earth would transform planetary science and the search for extraterrestrial life. The speaker will discuss the evolving scientific strategy for Mars 2020, including the impending selection of a landing site. Speaker: Ken Williford is the Deputy Project Scientist for Mars 2020 and directs the JPL Astrobiogeochemistry Laboratory (abcLab). Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:00 PM. Online or live at The Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College 1570 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA. For more info visit www.jpl.nasa.gov.

20th Anniversary (1997), STS-87 Launch

Human Spaceflight Commander Kevin R. Kregel, Pilot Steven W. Lindsey, Mission Specialists Winston E. Scott, Kalpana Chawla, Takao Doi and Leonid K. Kadenyuk. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Sunday, November 19, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

Mars Summer Solstice

Mars Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Solstice / Equinox. Monday, November 20, 2017.

Deadline- Fly Your Exoplanet onthe Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

Other Set to launch in June 2018, TESS is an explorer-class planet finder and will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants. As the TESS team prepares for launch, it invites the public to ponder what exoplanets might look like and share their ideas in the form of sketches and graphics. This opportunity is open to all ages and skill levels. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Monday, November 20, 2017. For more info visit tess.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Deadline - CubeSat Launch Initiative Proposals

Other NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative provides opportunities for small satellite payloads built by universities, high schools and non-profit organizations to fly on upcoming launches. Through innovative technology partnerships NASA provides these CubeSat developers a low-cost pathway to conduct scientific investigations and technology demonstrations in space, thus enabling students, teachers and faculty to obtain hands-on flight hardware development experience. Each proposed investigation must demonstrate a benefit to NASA by addressing aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations relevant to NASA’s strategic goals. This initiative provides NASA a mechanism for low-cost technology development and scientific research to help bridge strategic knowledge gaps and accelerate flight-qualified technology. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Tuesday, November 21, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon Remote Sensing at NASA: Sally Ride EarthKAM Sally Ride EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) is a NASA educational outreach program that enables students, teachers, and the public to learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. During Sally Ride EarthKAM missions (periods when the Sally Ride EarthKAM camera is operational), middle school students around the world request images of specific locations on Earth. The entire collection of Sally Ride EarthKAM images is available in a searchable Sally Ride EarthKAM image archive. This image collection and accompanying activities are extraordinary resources to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, social studies, mathematics, communications, and art. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

Moon Occults Neptune

Our Sky Celestial Event Type: Occultation. Monday, November 27, 2017.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon Remote Sensing at NASA: GLOBE Atmosphere NASA’s fleet of satellites, its airborne missions and researchers address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Learn about clouds and contrails of our Atmosphere using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, which is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. This educational activity aligns to NASA Education API 2.4.2 - Continue to support STEM educators through the delivery of NASA education content and engagement in educator professional development opportunities. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

Mission X Walk to the Moon Challenge- Registration Open

Human Spaceflight In 2018, Mission X is challenging Fit Explorers around the world to work together to perform activities that will move online mascot Astro Charlie the 478 million steps required to walk from Earth to the moon! That's 238,857 miles, or 384,403 kilometers! Visit the website for full challenge details and to do your part to help reach the out-of-this-world goal.  Registration ends 12/31/17. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Thursday, November 30, 2017. For more info visit trainlikeanastronaut.org.

BIG Idea Challenge - deadline

Mars NASA’s 2018 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an engineering design contest open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. This competition seeks innovations in the design, installation and sustainable operation of a large solar power system on Mars. Top teams present their concepts via a design review at either NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia or NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio. The winning team will receive NASA internship offers. A notice of intent is requested by Oct. 1, 2017. Entries are due Nov. 30, 2017. For more information, visit http://BigIdea.nianet.org. Please direct questions about this opportunity to BigIdea@nianet.org. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Thursday, November 30, 2017. For more info visit bigidea.nianet.org.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon Earth Sense - Remote Sensing at NASA: Mission Geography K-5 NASA Mission Geography has unique K-12 Earth-based lessons that integrate STEM, geography and the language arts with Earth observations, remote sensing, and maps that investigate our Earth and the processes that shape it, both natural and human influenced. Utilizing the unique perspective from space, Mission Geography brings our Earth to life with active, exciting student learning through the use of multi-disciplined content. This webinar will focus on Mission Geography investigations for grades K-5. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, November 30, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

120th Anniversary (1897) H. G. Wells' The War of The Worlds First Printed

Mars Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Friday, December 1, 2017. For more info visit en.wikipedia.org.

New "What's Up" Video Available

Our Sky Get your monthly overview of the night sky, from JPL's Jane Houston Jones. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Friday, December 1, 2017. For more info visit www.jpl.nasa.gov.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon Using Earth Observations to Talk about Snow and Ice Participants will get an overview of resources from the Earth Observatory and NASA Earth Observations (NEO) websites which may be used to discuss the effects of changing snow and ice coverage on the Earth. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, December 4, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon Remote Sensing at NASA: GLOBE Hydrology NASA’s fleet of satellites, its airborne missions and researchers address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Learn about water and the hydrologic cycle using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, which is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. This educational activity aligns to NASA Education API 2.4.2 - Continue to support STEM educators through the delivery of NASA education content and engagement in educator professional development opportunities. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Human Spaceflight Remote Sensing at NASA: Water Filtration Using observation data from NASA’s fleet of satellites and its airborne science missions, researchers address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today and in the future: climate change, sea-level rise, freshwater resources and extreme weather events. Come learn about the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) onboard the International Space Station that reclaims waste water from crewmember’s urine, cabin condensation and Extra Vehicular Activity waste. Learn about hands-on experiments and physical demonstrations that can be used within the classroom to create, build, and test a water filtration device using commonly available materials. This activity aligns to NASA Education Performance Goal 2.4.2: Continue to support STEM educators through the delivery of NASA education content and engagement in educator professional development. This educational activity aligns to NASA Education API 2.4.2 - Continue to support STEM educators thr… Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

45th Anniversary (1972), First Photo by Astronauts of South Pole Ice Cap

Earth-Sun-Moon Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Thursday, December 7, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

45th Anniversary (1972), Apollo 17 Launch

Human Spaceflight Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Thursday, December 7, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

International Civil Aviation Day

Aeronautics Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Thursday, December 7, 2017. For more info visit www.icao.int.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Human Spaceflight NASA Food for Thought Explore the NASA Food for Thought education guide that investigates space food and guides students to construct sample space food meals, based on the nutritional needs of astronauts on their journey to Mars. Explore a menu of inquiry activities and other resources to satisfy your STEM appetite. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, December 7, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Other Space Mathematics: Active Math Space Mathematics is a two part series designed to help educators make the critical linkage between Mathematics and Science in the classroom. In Part 2 – Active Math, participants will explore the use of inquiry to reinforce mathematics skills while engaging students with hands on activities. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, December 11, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

50th Anniversary (1967), Pioneer 8 Launch

Earth-Sun-Moon Wednesday, December 13, 2017. For more info visit nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov.

STEM in 30: The Airplane's Family Tree: From the Wright Brothers to Today

Aeronautics Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

STEM in 30: The Airplane's Family Tree: From the Wright Brothers to Today

Aeronautics Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Geminids Meteor Shower Peak

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Meteor Shower. Thursday, December 14, 2017.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon Earth Sense - Remote Sensing at NASA: Mission Geography 6-12 NASA Mission Geography has unique K-12 Earth-based lessons that integrate STEM, geography and the language arts with Earth observations, remote sensing, and maps that investigate our Earth and the processes that shape it, both natural and human influenced. Utilizing the unique perspective from space, Mission Geography brings our Earth to life with active, exciting student learning through the use of multi-disciplined content. This webinar will focus on Mission Geography investigations for grades 6-12. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, December 14, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

Weight Watching from Space: Tracking Earth’s Water Cycle with GRACE Follow-On/ von Karman Lecture Series

Earth-Sun-Moon The original Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission, which began orbiting Earth on March 17, 2002, has provided Earth scientists with an unprecedented view of changes in our global water cycle, and allowed precise determination of sea-level rise, polar ice-cap mass loss in Greenland and Antarctica, or large-scale water storage changes over land. These discoveries provide a unique view of Earth's climate and have far-reaching benefits to society and the world's population. The twin satellites of the GRACE Follow-On mission, scheduled for launch in early 2018, will continue this extremely successful work of tracking Earth's water movement, while testing a new laser technology designed to improve the already remarkable precision of its microwave measurement system. NASA's GRACE Follow-On mission will measure variations in gravity over Earth's entire surface, producing a new map of the gravity field every 30 days. The twin satellites show how the planet's gravity differs not only from one loca… Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Thursday, December 14, 2017, 7:00 PM. Online or live at The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL 4800 Oak Grove Drive Pasadena, CA. For more info visit www.jpl.nasa.gov.

Weight Watching from Space: Tracking Earth’s Water Cycle with GRACE Follow-On / von Karman Lecture Series

Earth-Sun-Moon The original Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission, which began orbiting Earth on March 17, 2002, has provided Earth scientists with an unprecedented view of changes in our global water cycle, and allowed precise determination of sea-level rise, polar ice-cap mass loss in Greenland and Antarctica, or large-scale water storage changes over land. These discoveries provide a unique view of Earth's climate and have far-reaching benefits to society and the world's population. The twin satellites of the GRACE Follow-On mission, scheduled for launch in early 2018, will continue this extremely successful work of tracking Earth's water movement, while testing a new laser technology designed to improve the already remarkable precision of its microwave measurement system. NASA's GRACE Follow-On mission will measure variations in gravity over Earth's entire surface, producing a new map of the gravity field every 30 days. The twin satellites show how the planet's gravity differs not only from one loca… Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:00 PM. Online or live at The Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College 1570 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA. For more info visit www.jpl.nasa.gov.

100th Anniversary ( 1917), Birth of Futurist Arthur C. Clarke

Other Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Saturday, December 16, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

Future Engineers: Two for the Crew Challenge- Entry Deadline

Human Spaceflight Calling all students! Use your ingenuity to create a tool that combines the functions of two objects already being used by crew aboard the International Space Station! Visit the challenge website to find out about space station tools and to get brainstorming resources to help you create a design. The site provides links to free 3-D design software. The winning design will be 3-D printed on the station. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Tuesday, December 19, 2017. For more info visit www.futureengineers.org.

Winter Solstice 16:29 UT

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Solstice / Equinox. Thursday, December 21, 2017. For more info visit spaceplace.nasa.gov.

Ursid Meteor Shower Peak

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Meteor Shower. Friday, December 22, 2017.

Mission X Walk to the Moon Challenge- Registration Deadline

Human Spaceflight In 2018, Mission X is challenging Fit Explorers around the world to work together to perform activities that will move online mascot Astro Charlie the 478 million steps required to walk from Earth to the moon! That's 238,857 miles, or 384,403 kilometers! Visit the website for full challenge details and to do your part to help reach the out-of-this-world goal. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Sunday, December 31, 2017. For more info visit trainlikeanastronaut.org.

Deadline - Register for ASTC and NASA's Universe of Learning Partnership webinars

Astrophysics A Professional Development opportunity – How to Use NASA Resources; future funding resources available Seven webinars to be held in 2018, with these goals: • Increase knowledge of NASA Astrophysics-related concepts • Improve familiarity of NASA Astrophysics resources and ways to use them • Utilize real NASA data • Interact with NASA Subject Matter Experts • To participate in this webinar series, contact Wendy Hancock at whancock@astc.org or Tim Rhue at trhue@stsci.edu by December 31, 2017 As a follow-on to this webinar series, there will be an opportunity to apply for $2,500 mini-fund resources to be competitively awarded to selected institutions, in order to implement or facilitate programming, produce exhibits, etc. using Universe of Learning resources. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Sunday, December 31, 2017.

Deadline- High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships

Other Call for Submissions -- NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16) The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com). NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigati… Event Type: Registration Deadline. Sunday, December 31, 2017. For more info visit go.nasa.gov.

ExoMars Rovers (Date TBD)

Mars The 2018 mission of the ExoMars programme will deliver a European rover and a Russian surface platform to the surface of Mars. A Proton rocket will be used to launch the mission, which will arrive to Mars after a nine-month journey. The ExoMars rover will travel across the Martian surface to search for signs of life. It will collect samples with a drill and analyse them with next-generation instruments. ExoMars will be the first mission to combine the capability to move across the surface and to study Mars at depth. Event Type: Mission Event. Monday, January 1, 2018. For more info visit exploration.esa.int.

New "What's Up" Video Available

Our Sky Get your monthly overview of the night sky, from JPL's Jane Houston Jones. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Monday, January 1, 2018. For more info visit www.jpl.nasa.gov.

Happy New Year

Other Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Monday, January 1, 2018. For more info visit eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Quadrantid Meteor Shower Peak

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Meteor Shower. Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

50th Anniversary (1968), Surveyor 7 Launch

Earth-Sun-Moon Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Sunday, January 7, 2018. For more info visit www.jpl.nasa.gov.

Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science!

Other The National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative invite middle and high school students to use scientific research to imagine an original science-powered superhero. Entries consist of two parts: a written section, and either a short comic or a 90-second video. Entrants should introduce their superhero, demonstrate how scientific research is incorporated into their superhero's story and explain how it drives them on their mission. Contact: gennano@nsf.gov. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Monday, January 8, 2018. For more info visit www.nsf.gov.

40th Anniversary (1978), Announcement of Astronaut Group 8

Human Spaceflight The Astronaut Class of 1978, otherwise known as the "Thirty-Five New Guys," was NASA's first new group of astronauts since 1969. This class was notable for many reasons, including having the first female astronauts and first African-American and Asian-American astronauts. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Tuesday, January 16, 2018. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.