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OSIRIS-REx Rendezvous with asteroid Bennu- Approach Phase Begins

Comets/Asteroids OSIRIS-REx will travel to a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu and bring a small sample back to Earth for study. The mission launched Sept. 8, 2016, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As planned, the spacecraft will reach Bennu in 2018 and return a sample to Earth in 2023.  Check its progress here. Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Arrival. Mission Highlight. Friday, August 17, 2018.

Venus At Its Greatest Eastern Elongation (46 Degrees)

Our Sky Mercury and Venus are referred to as inferior planets, not because they are any less important, but because their orbits are closer to the sun than is Earth's orbit. They always appear close to the sun in Earth's morning or evening sky; their apparent angle from the sun is called elongation. The outer planets, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, are all known as superior planets because their orbits are farther from the sun than the Earth's. More here. Event Type: Celestial Event. Friday, August 17, 2018.

Earth Science Week 2018 Essay Contest is Open

Earth-Sun-Moon Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme "Finding ‘Art’ in Earth." The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay up to 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically by Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Sunday, August 19, 2018.

Earth Science Week 2018 Photography Contest is Open

Earth-Sun-Moon Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic "Inspired by Earth" and show a view of the natural world that you find inspiring. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Contact: info@earthsciweek.org Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Sunday, August 19, 2018.

Earth Science Week 2018 Video Contest is Open

Earth-Sun-Moon Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme "Earth Expressions." Submit a brief, 30-90 second original video that tells viewers about artistic expression that stems from the natural world. The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons of any age in any part of the world. Entries must be submitted electronically by Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Sunday, August 19, 2018.

Earth Science Week 2018 Visual Arts Contest is Open

Earth-Sun-Moon Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic "Earth and Art." The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2D visual arts project that shows how the natural world is part of making art. Entries must be submitted by mail and postmarked no later than October 19, 2018. Sunday, August 19, 2018.

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. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Sunday, August 19, 2018.

Apollo Dialogues Workshop- Call for Participants

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing offers an opportunity to reflect on what we know about the Apollo era and its legacies. The National Air and Space Museum Space History Department and NASA History Division invite colleagues whose research and writing extend our understanding of Apollo, the Apollo era, human spaceflight, future space and related areas to join together in Washington D.C. on December 7 in assessing the current state of the field, suggesting new lenses for analysis and interpretation, and considering new paths for future scholarship. More information here. Application Deadline: Aug. 31. Monday, August 20, 2018.

CubeSat Launch Opportunity

Other NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch or be deployed from the International Space Station between 2019 and 2022. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations. Proposals due November 20. Monday, August 20, 2018.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Mars Explore Space Tech: Roving on Mars In this webinar we will go into detail as to how the Curiosity rover was built to traverse the hard climate of Mars, as well as how we continue to keep it safe from harm here on Earth. This will tie into several engineering design lessons to take to your students, aligned to NGSS standards. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, August 20, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Other Technology Drives Exploration: Solar Sail Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology curriculum, participants will learn how to use the engineering design process to build and test a Solar Sail. Participants will also learn about current research going on at NASA Armstrong. 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, August 21, 2018, 3:30 AM – 4:30 AM.

Online Workshop: GIrl Scouts and STEM

Other The Girl Scouts have announced a new set of Space Science Daisy, Brownie and Junior badges that will be released in August, 2018! Join us to learn more about the Girl Scouts STEM strategy and their new badges, and how science museums can successfully partner with their local Girl Scout troops using the Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits. We'll be joined by staff from Girls Scouts USA, as well as staff from museums who have built successful partnerships with their local Girl Scout troops. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit www.nisenet.org.

Zero Robotics Registration Open

Other Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2018 Teams of high school students are challenged to program small satellites called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) that operate inside the International Space Station. Teams send their final codes to the space station, where an astronaut referees the final competition live! Early registration is strongly encouraged because code for the 2D practice competition must be submitted by Sept. 28, 2018. Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Human Spaceflight A Day in the Life on Board the ISS Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work in space? Follow astronauts on the International Space Station in a series of videos as they explain their daily routines. Educators can use this series of videos and resources to enhance K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Human Spaceflight NASA Educational Resources for teaching Life Skills - Expeditionary Skills for Life You will learn about a series of educational activities designed to take you through educational expeditions that will help your students learn life skills that they can apply in almost every aspect of life. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, August 23, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Deadline- Host a Space Apps Hackathon Event

Other Join problem-solvers worldwide in one of the world’s largest hackathons. Apply now to host #SpaceApps 2018, October 19-21, in YOUR community: 2018.spaceappschallenge.org. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Friday, August 24, 2018.

15th Anniversary (2003), Spitzer Space Telescope Launch

Astrophysics Spitzer's highly sensitive instruments allow scientists to peer into cosmic regions that are hidden from optical telescopes, including dusty stellar nurseries, the centers of galaxies, and newly forming planetary systems. Spitzer's infrared eyes also allows astronomers see cooler objects in space, like failed stars (brown dwarfs), extrasolar planets, giant molecular clouds, and organic molecules that may hold the secret to life on other planets. "10 Things" About Spitzer Space Telescope. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Launch. Saturday, August 25, 2018.

100th Anniversary (1918) Katherine Johnson's Birth

Human Spaceflight Johnson began her career in 1953 at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the agency that preceded NASA, one of a number of African-American women hired to work as "computers" in what was then their Guidance and Navigation Department, just as the NACA was beginning its work on space. Johnson became known for her training in geometry, her leadership, and her inquisitive nature; she was the only woman at the time to be pulled from the computing pool to work with engineers on other programs. Johnson worked at Langley from 1953 until her retirement in 1986, making critical technical contributions which included calculating the trajectory of the 1961 flight of Alan Shepard, the first American in space. Johnson is also known for verifying the calculations made by electronic computers of John Glenn’s 1962 launch to orbit and the 1969 Apollo 11 trajectory to the moon. She also worked on the space shuttle program and the Earth Resources Satellite and encouraged students to pursue careers in sci… Event Type: Annual /Historic. Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Mercury At Its Greatest Western Elongation (18 Degrees)

Our Sky Mercury and Venus are referred to as inferior planets, not because they are any less important, but because their orbits are closer to the sun than is Earth's orbit. They always appear close to the sun in Earth's morning or evening sky; their apparent angle from the sun is called elongation. The outer planets, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, are all known as superior planets because their orbits are farther from the sun than the Earth's. More here. Event Type: Celestial Event. Sunday, August 26, 2018.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon The Importance of Fresh Water Explore Project Based Learning resources to answer the real life problem of the availability of fresh water. Videos, lesson plans, interactive websites and articles on the water cycle, weather and climate and societal applications.  We will explore the resources and discuss how it can be used to design a PBL lesson. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

35th Anniversary (1983), 1st African American in Space (Guion Bluford)

Human Spaceflight Mission Specialist Guion (Guy) Bluford launched with fellow STS-8 crewmates Commander Richard H. Truly, Pilot Daniel C. Brandenstein and Mission Specialists Dale A. Gardner,  and William E. Thornton. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Thursday, August 30, 2018.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Other Explore Space Tech: Robotics on a Budget Robots are a part of everyday life, but what exactly are they? How are robots used in our lives? How are they used at NASA? Explore answers to these questions and learn how to use robotics inexpensively in your classroom by integrating NASA STEM robotic missions, curriculum and online resources. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, August 30, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Deadline - Apollo Dialogues Workshop

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing offers an opportunity to reflect on what we know about the Apollo era and its legacies. The National Air and Space Museum Space History Department and NASA History Division invite colleagues whose research and writing extend our understanding of Apollo, the Apollo era, human spaceflight, future space and related areas to join together in Washington D.C. on December 7 in assessing the current state of the field, suggesting new lenses for analysis and interpretation, and considering new paths for future scholarship. More information here. Application Deadline: Aug. 31. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Friday, August 31, 2018.

Deadline- Project Mars: International Art and Film Contest

Mars NASA is leading human space exploration in the vicinity of the Moon and on to Mars. Project Mars invites college students and recent graduates with fewer than 5 years of experience in the film or graphic arts industry to learn about NASA’s deep space endeavors and create a visualization of what this expedition may look like. Entries can be short films (two to five minutes in length) or posters (standard-size sheets, 27 by 41 inches). Winners will receive cash prizes. For more information, visit http://projectmarscompetition.com/. Please direct questions about this opportunity to info@sciartexchange.org. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Friday, August 31, 2018. For more info visit projectmarscompetition.com.

Deadline- Psyche Inspired

Our Solar System Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduate students together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public through artistic and creative works. Full-time, enrolled undergraduate students from universities and community colleges in the United States and its territories are invited to apply to become part of this year’s cohort of creative interns! Application Deadline: Friday, August 31, 2018 at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) The application may be accessed at https://psyche.asu.edu/get-involved/psyche-inspired/application-iron-class/ Psyche Inspired is open to all talented, creative full-time enrolled undergraduate students at universities and community colleges in the United States or its territories, regardless of major. Questions about the application may be submitted via https://psyche.asu.edu/contact/. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Friday, August 31, 2018, 5:00 PM.

Moon Occults Aldebaran

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Occultation. Monday, September 3, 2018.

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, September 3, 2018.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon From Earth to the Moon Our Earth is influenced by our moon. NASA has been studying our moon for 60 years and celebrates 50 years since Apollo sent the first humans to the moon. Explore the Earth/moon relationship and learn to integrate NASA STEM missions, online resources and lessons into your classroom teaching. Experience “classroom lunacy”. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

For Libraries: Join an International Lunar Celebration

Earth-Sun-Moon International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) on October 20 is an annual  worldwide, public celebration of lunar science and exploration. Join the STAR Net team and Vivian White of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) and NASA's Night Sky Network (NSN) to learn about how you can make the best of this annual event through hands-on activities, subject matter experts, NASA resources, and more! Register here. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, September 6, 2018, 1:00 PM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon Explore Earth: Solving STEM Problems with Field Study and Data Collection GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide, hands-on, K-12 school-based science education program  Promote scientific skills of observation and inference to make deductions to from data collected in the field. The NASA GLOBE activities promote problem solving, communication skills and teamwork while engaging the students in problem based learning that is both fun and relevant to their everyday lives. Teacher implementation guides, protocols, activities and resources are integrated in this program. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, September 6, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Curiosity and Our Evolving View of the Red Planet

Mars Part of the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series, presented by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI). Streamed live and archived. Thursday, September 6, 2018, 5:30 PM.

NASA@60: The Role of the Robots

Other The von Kármán Lecture Series Much has changed about the way we explore space in the 60 years since NASA began operations on Oct. 1, 1958. Today’s robotic spacecraft are beginning to experiment with laser communications, artificial intelligence and 3-D printed parts. But did you know some of the first spacecraft the U.S. sent the Moon included parts made of wood, or that spacecraft used to record data on motorized magnetic tape recorders? Despite all the advances, one thing hasn’t changed: we still rely on robotic spacecraft to extend our senses above and beyond Earth and to blaze a trail as precursors for human explorers. As NASA celebrates its 60th anniversary, this panel discussion will look back over the decades at how far our robotic exploration has come, and consider where we might be headed. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Thursday, September 6, 2018, 7:00 PM.

Neptune 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 Neptune. Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Conjunction/ Opposition. Friday, September 7, 2018.

Juno Perijove (Close Flyby of Jupiter)

Our Solar System The Juno spacecraft, which successfully entered the orbit of Jupiter on July 4, 2016, will for the first time peer below the dense cover of clouds to answer questions about the gas giant and the origins of our solar system. Juno's primary goal is to reveal the story of Jupiter's formation and evolution. Using long-proven technologies on a spinning spacecraft placed in an elliptical polar orbit, Juno will observe Jupiter's gravity and magnetic fields, atmospheric dynamics and composition, and evolution. To ensure that it collects the best possible data – especially in making accurate measurements of the gravitational and magnetic fields – it has to get as close as it can to Jupiter. On each orbit, Juno comes within 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) of the planet’s cloud tops. That might still sound like a great distance, but if Jupiter were the size of a basketball, the equivalent distance would be about 0.8 cm (0.315 inches). Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Flyby. Friday, September 7, 2018. For more info visit www.missionjuno.swri.edu.

NASA@60: The Role of the Robots

Other The von Kármán Lecture Series Much has changed about the way we explore space in the 60 years since NASA began operations on Oct. 1, 1958. Today’s robotic spacecraft are beginning to experiment with laser communications, artificial intelligence and 3-D printed parts. But did you know some of the first spacecraft the U.S. sent the Moon included parts made of wood, or that spacecraft used to record data on motorized magnetic tape recorders? Despite all the advances, one thing hasn’t changed: we still rely on robotic spacecraft to extend our senses above and beyond Earth and to blaze a trail as precursors for human explorers. As NASA celebrates its 60th anniversary, this panel discussion will look back over the decades at how far our robotic exploration has come, and consider where we might be headed. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Friday, September 7, 2018, 7:00 PM.

1st United Nations Conference on Space Law and Policy

Other The Office for Outer Space Affairs has been organizing a long-standing series of capacity-building workshops on space law and policy where 10 workshops have been successfully held since 2002. Building upon this series of workshops, the Office now moves on with a new phase in its capacity-building efforts, by a new series of dedicated United Nations Conferences on Space Law and Policy. Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – Thursday, September 13, 2018.

Online Workshop: Explore Science: Let’s Do Chemistry Kit & Celebrate National Chemistry Week

Other Join this workshop discussion for an introduction to the ChemAttitudes project and the Explore Science: Let’s Do Chemistry kit, including an overview of the hands-on activities, the professional development materials and resources, and tips for hosting an event during National Chemistry Week October 21-27, 2018. ChemAttitudes, a collaboration between the NISE Network and the American Chemical Society, has developed an engaging kit of hands-on chemistry activities shared with partners around the country and available for free download. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Launch: ICESat 2

Earth-Sun-Moon ICESat-2 (short for Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite), will use lasers and a very precise detection instrument to measure the elevation of Earth’s surface. By timing how long it takes laser beams to travel from the satellite to Earth and back, scientists can calculate the height of glaciers, sea ice, forests, lakes and more – including the changing ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica. Launch updates: https://www.nasa.gov/launchschedule/. Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Launch. Wednesday, September 12, 2018. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

25th Anniversary (1993), STS-51 Launch

Human Spaceflight STS-51 Crew: Commander Frank L. Culbertson Jr. Pilot William F. Readdy Mission Specialists James H. Newman, Daniel W. Bursch and Carl E. Walz. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Deadline - NITARP Applications due

Other The NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) gets educators involved in authentic astronomical research. We partner small groups of educators with a mentor professional astronomer for a year-long original research project using NASA’s vast archives of astronomical data from space- and ground-based telescopes.  This program involves three trips — to an American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in January 2019, to Pasadena, CA in summer 2019, and to the AAS meeting in January 2020. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Earth-Sun-Moon Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Sunday, September 16, 2018. For more info visit www.un.org.

40th Anniversary (1978), 1st Episode of Battlestar Galactica Airs

Other Monday, September 17, 2018.

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, September 17, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Online Workshop: Learn More About the 2019 Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkit

Other Join NISE Network partners to learn more about the Explore Science: Earth & Space project, and how your organization can become more involved in this exciting opportunity. In this online workshop, we'll present a general introduction to the project and an overview of what’s in the new 2019 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit, including information about how to apply and eligibility requirements. These online workshops and toolkits are open for both new and existing NISE Network partners located in the United States. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Other An Orientation to EPDC Digital Badging Participants in this webinar will get an overview of the Digital Badging platform used by NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative to deliver free, asynchronous, online professional development. Discussion will include how to sign up and a survey of current badge offerings. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Earth Science Week 2018 Essay Contest is Open

Earth-Sun-Moon Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme "Finding ‘Art’ in Earth." The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay up to 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically by Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Earth Science Week 2018 Photography Contest is Open

Earth-Sun-Moon Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic "Inspired by Earth" and show a view of the natural world that you find inspiring. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Contact: info@earthsciweek.org Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Earth Science Week 2018 Video Contest is Open

Earth-Sun-Moon Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme "Earth Expressions." Submit a brief, 30-90 second original video that tells viewers about artistic expression that stems from the natural world. The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons of any age in any part of the world. Entries must be submitted electronically by Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Earth Science Week 2018 Visual Arts Contest is Open

Earth-Sun-Moon Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic "Earth and Art." The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2D visual arts project that shows how the natural world is part of making art. Entries must be submitted by mail and postmarked no later than October 19, 2018. Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon Earth Science from Space Explore Earth science from above, through the eyes of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space enable us to better understand our Earth and the processes that shape it. 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. Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon Earth Right Now: Using NASA Data for STEM Problem Solving Exploring resources to acquire, process and report information from will help students build and use science ideas to develop skills in arguing from evidence. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, September 20, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

15th Anniversary (2003), Galileo Ends Mission With Impact on Jupiter

Our Solar System Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Friday, September 21, 2018. For more info visit solarsystem.nasa.gov.

Autumnal Equinox

Our Sky The autumnal equinox is one of two points in Earth’s orbit where the sun creates equal periods of daytime and nighttime across the globe. Celestial Event Type: Solstice / Equinox. Saturday, September 22, 2018.

For Libraries: Out-of-this-World Engineering

Other Join STAR Net as we take a look at some of the newest activities on the STEM Activity Clearinghouse that feature engineering design challenges with a space science theme. As we create rockets and rovers, we’ll be following the engineering design process: think, build, test, and do it again. Come and learn how you can make your 2018 and 2019 STEM programs blast off! Register here. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 1:00 PM.

Deadline - Zero Robotics

Other Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2018 Teams of high school students are challenged to program small satellites called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) that operate inside the International Space Station. Teams send their final codes to the space station, where an astronaut referees the final competition live! Early registration is strongly encouraged because code for the 2D practice competition must be submitted by Sept. 28, 2018. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Friday, September 28, 2018.

Joint ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter Launch (Date TBD)

Earth-Sun-Moon Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Launch. Monday, October 1, 2018. For more info visit science.nasa.gov.

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, October 1, 2018.

Launch: BepiColumbo (Date TBD)

Our Solar System BepiColombo will use two orbiters to study Mercury from unique vantage points—Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO). Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Launch. Monday, October 1, 2018.

60th Anniversary - NASA opens for business

Other https://www.nasa.gov/specials/60counting/index.html In 2018, NASA will mark the 60th anniversary of its establishment as a U.S. government agency. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed NASA’s founding legislation, the 1958 National Aeronautics and Space Act, on July 29, 1958. NASA considers its birthday to be Oct. 1, the day the agency opened for business. To read more about the logo: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-releases-logo-for-upcoming-60th-anniversary. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Monday, October 1, 2018. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

World Space Week

Our Solar System Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate the United Nations-declared World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2016. 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. Thursday, October 4, 2018 – Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

2019 BIG Idea Challenge: Marsboreal Greenhouse Design

Human Spaceflight NASA’s 2019 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge seeks innovations in the design and operation of a Mars Greenhouse. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Top teams present their concepts via a design review at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. Eligible students on teams that advance to the BIG Idea Forum will have the opportunity to compete for one of five NASA summer internship slots. Optional NOI Deadline: Oct. 5 Entry Deadline: Jan. 6, 2019 Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Friday, October 5, 2018.

Teen Read Week

Other 2018 theme; "It's Written in the Stars: READ". Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Sunday, October 7, 2018. For more info visit teenreadweek.ning.com.

Astronomy Week (Fall)

Our Sky Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Monday, October 8, 2018 – Sunday, October 14, 2018. For more info visit www.astroleague.org.

Teen Read Week

Other 2018 theme; "It's Written in the Stars: READ". Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Monday, October 8, 2018. For more info visit teenreadweek.ning.com.

Ada Lovelace Day

Other Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math. It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Tuesday, October 9, 2018. For more info visit findingada.com.

Teen Read Week

Other 2018 theme; "It's Written in the Stars: READ". Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Tuesday, October 9, 2018. For more info visit teenreadweek.ning.com.

Teen Read Week

Other 2018 theme; "It's Written in the Stars: READ". Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Wednesday, October 10, 2018. For more info visit teenreadweek.ning.com.

50th Anniversary (1968), Apollo 7 Launch (Schirra, Cunningham, Eisele)

Human Spaceflight The primary objectives for the Apollo 7 engineering test flight were simple: Demonstrate command and service module, or CSM, and crew performance; demonstrate crew, space vehicle and mission support facilities performance during a crewed CSM mission; and demonstrate CSM rendezvous capability. More on the mission here from the National Space Science Data Center, the permanent archive for NASA space science mission data. Also see the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal for transcripts and more. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Thursday, October 11, 2018.

Teen Read Week

Other 2018 theme; "It's Written in the Stars: READ". Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Thursday, October 11, 2018. For more info visit teenreadweek.ning.com.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon Ice in the Solar System Come and Explore the 12 teaching guides related to water and ice. The STEM engagement lesson plans invites student to inquire about phase changes, properties of water, ice core samples, structure of ice and comparisons with snow. Acting out Science is included in each module. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, October 11, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Teen Read Week

Other 2018 theme; "It's Written in the Stars: READ". Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Friday, October 12, 2018. For more info visit teenreadweek.ning.com.

Teen Read Week

Other 2018 theme; "It's Written in the Stars: READ". Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Saturday, October 13, 2018. For more info visit teenreadweek.ning.com.

Earth Science Week

Earth-Sun-Moon Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Sunday, October 14, 2018 – Saturday, October 20, 2018. For more info visit www.earthsciweek.org.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Our Solar System NASA Space Place Cross Curriculum STEM Engagement Find out how to earn solar system badges with integrated technology. Make planet masks, edible asteroids and galaxy pinwheels. The Space Place resource includes games. apps, ebooks and animations. Find out how to order NASA Space Place materials. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Deadline- Earth Science Week 2018 Visual Arts Contest

Earth-Sun-Moon Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic "Earth and Art." The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2D visual arts project that shows how the natural world is part of making art. Entries must be submitted by mail and postmarked no later than October 19, 2018. Friday, October 19, 2018.

Space Apps Challenge

Other Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Because of citizens like you, we continue to grow each year. If you haven't already, join us to share ideas and engage with open data to address real-world problems, on Earth and in space. Work alone or with a team to solve challenges that could help change the world. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Friday, October 19, 2018. For more info visit 2018.spaceappschallenge.org.

Deadline - Earth Science Week 2018 Photography Contest

Earth-Sun-Moon Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic "Inspired by Earth" and show a view of the natural world that you find inspiring. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Contact: info@earthsciweek.org. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Friday, October 19, 2018, 2:00 PM.

Deadline- Earth Science Week 2018 Essay Contest

Earth-Sun-Moon Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme "Finding ‘Art’ in Earth." The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay up to 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically by Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Friday, October 19, 2018, 2:00 PM.

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 20, 2018. For more info visit moon.nasa.gov.

Space Apps Challenge

Other Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Because of citizens like you, we continue to grow each year. If you haven't already, join us to share ideas and engage with open data to address real-world problems, on Earth and in space. Work alone or with a team to solve challenges that could help change the world. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Saturday, October 20, 2018. For more info visit 2018.spaceappschallenge.org.

Orionids 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. Tips on how to photograph a meteor shower. Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Meteor Shower. Sunday, October 21, 2018.

National Chemistry Week

Other National Chemistry Week 2018 will be celebrated October 21-27, 2018 with the theme, "Chemistry is Out of This World." The NCW 2018 edition of Celebrating Chemistry and other online resources will be available on August 1. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Space Apps Challenge

Other Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Because of citizens like you, we continue to grow each year. If you haven't already, join us to share ideas and engage with open data to address real-world problems, on Earth and in space. Work alone or with a team to solve challenges that could help change the world. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Sunday, October 21, 2018. For more info visit 2018.spaceappschallenge.org.

National Chemistry Week

Other National Chemistry Week 2018 will be celebrated October 21-27, 2018 with the theme, "Chemistry is Out of This World." The NCW 2018 edition of Celebrating Chemistry and other online resources will be available on August 1. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Monday, October 22, 2018.

National Chemistry Week

Other National Chemistry Week 2018 will be celebrated October 21-27, 2018 with the theme, "Chemistry is Out of This World." The NCW 2018 edition of Celebrating Chemistry and other online resources will be available on August 1. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

Deepening and Extending Family Engagement and Learning Through Interactive Exhibits and Facilitated Hands-on Activities

Other An online discussion of facilitation strategies you can employ with your visitors. The REVEAL professional development program helps facilitators to become more reflective in their practice and responsive to complex dynamics that families bring to our institutions, while the ChemAttitudes project addresses particular facilitation techniques and strategies which may affect visitors’ interest, relevance, and self-efficacy in the topic of chemistry. Learn more and sign-up: https://bit.ly/2OlJEiS. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

National Chemistry Week

Other National Chemistry Week 2018 will be celebrated October 21-27, 2018 with the theme, "Chemistry is Out of This World." The NCW 2018 edition of Celebrating Chemistry and other online resources will be available on August 1. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

National Chemistry Week

Other National Chemistry Week 2018 will be celebrated October 21-27, 2018 with the theme, "Chemistry is Out of This World." The NCW 2018 edition of Celebrating Chemistry and other online resources will be available on August 1. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Thursday, October 25, 2018.

National Chemistry Week

Other National Chemistry Week 2018 will be celebrated October 21-27, 2018 with the theme, "Chemistry is Out of This World." The NCW 2018 edition of Celebrating Chemistry and other online resources will be available on August 1. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Friday, October 26, 2018.

National Chemistry Week

Other National Chemistry Week 2018 will be celebrated October 21-27, 2018 with the theme, "Chemistry is Out of This World." The NCW 2018 edition of Celebrating Chemistry and other online resources will be available on August 1. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Saturday, October 27, 2018.

National Chemistry Week

Other National Chemistry Week 2018 will be celebrated October 21-27, 2018 with the theme, "Chemistry is Out of This World." The NCW 2018 edition of Celebrating Chemistry and other online resources will be available on August 1. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Sunday, October 28, 2018.

20th Anniversary (1998), 77 Year Old John Glenn Returns to Space

Human Spaceflight Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Monday, October 29, 2018. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

Juno Perijove (Close Flyby of Jupiter)

Our Solar System The Juno spacecraft, which successfully entered the orbit of Jupiter on July 4, 2016, will for the first time peer below the dense cover of clouds to answer questions about the gas giant and the origins of our solar system. Juno's primary goal is to reveal the story of Jupiter's formation and evolution. Using long-proven technologies on a spinning spacecraft placed in an elliptical polar orbit, Juno will observe Jupiter's gravity and magnetic fields, atmospheric dynamics and composition, and evolution. To ensure that it collects the best possible data – especially in making accurate measurements of the gravitational and magnetic fields – it has to get as close as it can to Jupiter. On each orbit, Juno comes within 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) of the planet’s cloud tops. That might still sound like a great distance, but if Jupiter were the size of a basketball, the equivalent distance would be about 0.8 cm (0.315 inches). Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Flyby. Monday, October 29, 2018. For more info visit www.missionjuno.swri.edu.

80th Anniversary (1938) Orson Welles "War of the Worlds" Radio Broadcast

Mars The Martian invasion was heard round the world when Orson Welles broadcast a radio adaption of the book by H.G. Wells on October 30, 1938. There have been many productions since then but Welles' show is by far the most famous and infamous, since it caused true terror in the United States. Other resources: https://mars.nasa.gov/allaboutmars/mystique/filmradio/, https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/postsecondary/features/F_Canali_and_First_Martians.html, https://er.jsc.nasa.gov/seh/warwords.html. Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

Halloween Fun!

Other Planet masks , Epic Pumpkin carving at JPL, Spooky exoplanets, Pumpkin stencils , Halloween-y astronomical images, Halloween History, Create a Halloween Pumpkin Like a NASA Engineer. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

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, November 1, 2018.

Deadline - Explore Science: Earth & Space 2019 Toolkit

Our Solar System 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. 350 free kits of the hands-on activities will be awarded to eligible institutions.  More info and application here. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Thursday, November 1, 2018.

South Taurid 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. Tips on how to photograph a meteor shower. Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Meteor Shower. Monday, November 5, 2018.

50th Anniversary (1968), Pioneer 9 Launch

Earth-Sun-Moon Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Thursday, November 8, 2018. For more info visit nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov.

International Science Center and Science Museum Day

Other International Science Center and Science Museum Day 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with a “Science as a Human Right” theme. A one hour planning webinar will be presented twice on Thursday, August 9, at 3:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. PT. Registration includes access to an archived recording. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Saturday, November 10, 2018.

North Taurid 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. Tips on how to photograph a meteor shower. Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Meteor Shower. Monday, November 12, 2018.

Juno Presentation

Our Solar System Part of the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series, presented by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI). Streamed live and archived. Thursday, November 15, 2018, 5:30 PM.