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American Geophysical Union Conference

Earth-Sun-Moon NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Dec. 11-15 in New Orleans. NASA-related briefings will stream live on the agency’s website. Monday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m. CST – Evolution of a New Pacific Island May Unlock Secrets to Mars ,     Monday, Dec. 11, 11:30 a.m. CST – Eclipse 2017: Studying the Sun-Earth Connection and More from the Moon’s Shadow ,     Monday, Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m. CST – The Biggest Story in the Solar System: Science from NASA’s Juno Mission to Jupiter ,     Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4 p.m. CST – The Bright Stuff: New Dawn Findings at Ceres ,     Wednesday, Dec. 13, 8 a.m. CST – The Melting Cryosphere ,     Wednesday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. CST – Spanning Disciplines to Search for Life Beyond Earth ,     Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1:30 p.m. CST – Canary in the Coalmine: Subsidence in Coastal Louisiana ,     Wednesday, Dec. 13, 3:30 p.m. CST – Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria (Part 2) Additional… Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Friday, December 15, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

Deadline- High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

Earth-Sun-Moon The Louisiana Space Consortium, or LaSPACE, is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space. The annual project, supported by the NASA Balloon Program Office and LaSPACE, provides near-space access for 12 student experiments to be carried by a NASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellites or prototypes. Applications are due Dec. 15, 2017. For more information, visit http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp/. Please direct questions about this opportunity to guzik@phunds.phys.lsu.edu. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Friday, December 15, 2017. For more info visit laspace.lsu.edu.

Mercury Passes 2.2 Degrees From Venus

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Passing Within a Few Degrees. Friday, December 15, 2017.

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 From: https://history.nasa.gov/biosa-d.html Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) was one of the most well known of science fiction authors. He has also been an eloquent writer on behalf of the exploration of space. In 1945, before the invention of the transistor, Clarke wrote an article in Extraterrestrial Relays describing the possibility of geosynchronous orbit and the development of communication relays by satellite. He also wrote several novels, the most well-known was 2001: A Space Odyssey, based on a screenplay of the same name he prepared for Stanley Kubrick. The movie is still one of the most realistic depictions of the rigors of spaceflight ever to be filmed. Here's a video message from Arthur C. Clarke to NASA's Cassini mission: https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/resources/73/ "The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible." - Arthur C. Clarke. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Saturday, December 16, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

Launch: Expedition 54

Human Spaceflight NASA astronaut Scott Tingle and crewmates Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Norishege Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launch to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Launch. Sunday, December 17, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

NASA Television Coverage Crew Landing, Launch

Human Spaceflight Three crew members on the International Space Station are scheduled to end their mission and return to Earth on Thursday, Dec. 14, just days before another three space travelers begin their mission. Live coverage will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik of NASA and Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will undock their Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft from the space station at 12:16 a.m. EST Thursday and land in Kazakhstan at 3:38 a.m. (2:38 p.m. Kazakhstan time). Their return will conclude 139 days in space since their launch on July 28. During that time, they have supported hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard humanity’s only microgravity laboratory. Sunday, Dec. 17 1:15 a.m. – Soyuz MS-07 launch coverage (launch at 2:21 a.m.) Tuesday, Dec. 19 3 a.m. – Docking coverage (docking scheduled for 3:42 a.m.) 5 a.m.… Sunday, December 17, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

5th Anniversary (2012), GRAIL Mission Ends WIth Planned Moon Impact

Earth-Sun-Moon GRAIL flew twin spacecraft -- named Ebb and Flow -- in tandem around the moon to precisely measure and map variations in the moon's gravitational field. The goal was to reveal differences in density of the Moon's crust and mantle and will help answer fundamental questions about the Moon's internal structure, thermal evolution and history of collisions with asteroids. Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: End of Mission. Sunday, December 17, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit solarsystem.nasa.gov.

Deadline - NASA Artifact Screen Period 40 ends

NASA is offering Space Program 'Artifacts' and 'Special Items' for use or display in your science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themed program. The purpose of this website is to provide a unique portal for authorized recipients to view NASA's Space Program potential artifacts and request desired items for their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics educational outreach endeavors and displays. COST: The artifacts are free of charge; however, the recipient is responsible for shipping and Handling fees. There's an internal and an external screen period for such potential artifacts.  External screening period 40 ends December 18, 2017. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Monday, December 18, 2017. For more info visit gsaxcess.gov.

2017 NASA in Review Video Available

Other 2017: A year of groundbreaking discoveries and record-setting exploration at NASA. The Moon became a focal point for the agency, we brought you unique coverage of the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years, we announced the most Earth-size planets ever found in the habitable zone of a star outside our solar system, and more! Download from NASA's Image and Video Library here. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Monday, December 18, 2017. For more info visit www.youtube.com.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Other The Chemistry of Space Exploration In this 60-min webinar, we will explore how engineering is only one of many disciplines at play when it comes to designing a mission to space. Using several demos and highlighting NASA educational material, we will explore the important role chemistry plays when looking at how to design spacecraft and how to keep our astronauts safe in space. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, December 18, 2017, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

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.

NASA Television Coverage Crew Landing, Launch

Human Spaceflight Three crew members on the International Space Station are scheduled to end their mission and return to Earth on Thursday, Dec. 14, just days before another three space travelers begin their mission. Live coverage will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik of NASA and Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will undock their Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft from the space station at 12:16 a.m. EST Thursday and land in Kazakhstan at 3:38 a.m. (2:38 p.m. Kazakhstan time). Their return will conclude 139 days in space since their launch on July 28. During that time, they have supported hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard humanity’s only microgravity laboratory. Tuesday, Dec. 19 3 a.m. – Docking coverage (docking scheduled for 3:42 a.m.) 5 a.m. – Hatch opening and welcome coverage NASA TV will air a full complement of video of… Tuesday, December 19, 2017. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon Satellite Observations in Science Education: Hunting Icebergs In this webinar we will look at Hunting Icebergs - 1) Identifying 2) Sizing Up and 3) Tracing Data Programs that you can use with your students using NASA data. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

Deadline- NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant

Other The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a competitive funding opportunity for education projects that will strengthen the public’s and K-12 students’ knowledge of ways to make their community more resilient to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Successful projects will relate to NOAA’s mission and build environmental literacy necessary for community resilience to the weather and other environmental hazards associated with a community’s location. Informational Teleconference: Nov. 29, 2017, 2-4 p.m. EST Application Deadline: Dec. 19, 2017 Contact: oed.grants@noaa.gov. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 8:55 PM. For more info visit www.noaa.gov.

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.

Venus Passes 1.1 Degrees From Saturn

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Passing Within a Few Degrees. Monday, December 25, 2017.

2017 NASA in Review Video Available

Other 2017: A year of groundbreaking discoveries and record-setting exploration at NASA. The Moon became a focal point for the agency, we brought you unique coverage of the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years, we announced the most Earth-size planets ever found in the habitable zone of a star outside our solar system, and more! Download from NASA's Image and Video Library here. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Monday, December 25, 2017. For more info visit www.youtube.com.

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.

Moon Occults Aldebaran

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Occultation. Sunday, December 31, 2017.

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. Search tag: grant. 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.

Deadline- Langley Research Center Art Contest

Other Calling all artists, grades K-12! NASA's Langley Research Center invites you to take part in its 2018 Art Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is “The Next 100 Years.” Artwork entries may consist of drawings, paintings, mixed media and digital creations. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries in each grade level. Plus a grand prize winner will be chosen from all contest entries. Each entry will receive a certificate of participation. Contact: larc-art-contest@mail.nasa.gov. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Sunday, December 31, 2017. For more info visit artcontest.larc.nasa.gov.

TBD 2018 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. Mission Update Nov. 3, 2017 - NASA is postponing launch of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) until 2018. The mission was previously planned to launch Dec. 8, 2017, on an Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. NASA and Orbital ATK need additional time to assess a separation component of the rocket. More information on a revised launch date will be provided once it becomes available. Check https://www.nasa.gov/launchschedule/ for latest updates. Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Launch. Monday, January 1, 2018. For more info visit www.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.

Supermoon

Our Sky The term “supermoon” has been popping up a lot in the news and on social media over the past few years. But what are supermoons, why do they occur and how can they be used as an educational tool. Plus, are they really that super?  Check out this Teachable Moment from NAS/JPL Education for the whole story. Event Type: Celestial Event. Tuesday, January 2, 2018. For more info visit www.jpl.nasa.gov.

Quadrantid Meteor Shower Peak

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

Earth At Perihelion (0.983 AU From Sun)

Our Solar System Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Aphelion / Perihelion. Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Isaac Newton's 375th Birthday (1643)

Other Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Thursday, January 4, 2018. For more info visit www.grc.nasa.gov.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Aeronautics NASA Aeronautics: Forces and Motion of Flight Explore the principles and physics of flight with flying things in your classroom. Using NASA online resources and simple, inexpensive STEM classroom activities and design challenges, we’ll investigate the parts of an airplane, what makes an airplane fly, and how can we design and build aircraft that can actually fly in your classroom. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, January 4, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

Applications to Host "DIscover Exoplanets" Exhibition Due

Astrophysics The National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) is seeking eight library and museum partner sites to host the inaugural national tour of the interactive traveling exhibition Discover Exoplanets: the Search for Alien Earths.  Public libraries and small museum partners in rural areas and those serving rural populations and underrepresented groups are especially invited to apply. This program is slightly different from prior STAR Net  programs and SSI museum exhibition programs. This project aims to help public libraries and small museums to become better partners, through the shared experience of the Discover Exoplanets exhibition. SSI is fabricating 2 exhibits, one for display at libraries, and the other for simultaneous display at partner museum sites. A primary applicant (from either a library or museum) will complete the application, and a secondary applicant will provide a letter of commitment to append to the application. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Friday, January 5, 2018. For more info visit www.starnetlibraries.org.

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.

Mars Passes 0.2 Degrees From Jupiter

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Passing Within a Few Degrees. Sunday, January 7, 2018.

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.

225th Anniversary (1793), 1st Successful Balloon Flight in the Americas

Aeronautics George Washington watched the successful flight, by Jean Pierre Blanchard. Today NASA uses balloons for science. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Tuesday, January 9, 2018. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Aeronautics NASA Aeronautics: Principles of Flight Participants will get an overview of the Principles of Flight and the Four Forces while using NASA's Museum in the Box curriculum. 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, January 9, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Astrophysics Advanced Gravity with NASA Participants will get an overview of NASA gravity missions and resources for teaching about advanced gravity concepts including gravity waves and relativistic frame dragging. Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards PS2. For this and similar lessons, please go to https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

25th Anniversary (1993), STS-54 Launch

Human Spaceflight Commander John H. Casper, Pilot Donald R. McMonagle, Mission Specialists Mario Runco, Jr. Gregory J. Harbaugh and Susan J. Helms. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Saturday, January 13, 2018. For more info visit www.nasa.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.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Aeronautics NASA Aeronautics: Exploring the Extreme - Force and Motion Participants will get an overview of NASA’s Exploring the Extreme educator guide. Discussion will be focused on hands on activities to teach about force and motion. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standard PS2. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Educators webinar

Mars Parachuting on Mars - Developing Crosscutting Breakthrough Technologies Learn how NASA is developing large, sturdy, and lightweight systems to deliver the next generation of rovers and landers to Mars. Future robotic missions to Mars and human exploration of the Red Planet will require massive payloads to be delivered to the surface. Learn ways to share this research with students in a hands-on activity. Using NASA’S BEST Engineering Design Process, participants will design a prototype of new drag devices to potentially land humans, habitats, and rovers safely on Mars. Hosted by NASAs Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) Office of Education For questions about the webinar, please contact Sondra Geddes, afrc-nasabestedu@mail.nasa.gov. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit www.eventbrite.com.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Other NASA Spotlites - Science for Students by Students Join us to learn how to engage students in a problem based activity that results in students producing NASA Spotlite videos. What's a NASA Spotlite video? These 90 to 120 second videos are written, filmed, edited, and produced by students as they think through an engineering design process. Each video targets a science misconception. Concerned that you don't have fancy recording and editing tools? Your students don't need them. All steps of creating a Spotlite video can be accomplished using cell phones, tablets, and laptops. The NASA Spotlite design task increases science literacy for BOTH student producers and the end product student users. Find out how to bring this authentic design challenge to your classroom. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Aeronautics NASA Aeronautics: Balloons and Kites Discovery and Inquiry are fun.  Aeronautic Teaching Guides  give teachers an opportunity to teach STEAM lessons on aeronautical science principles through children’s literature and art. It is never too early to start STEAM education.  Incorporating the ideas and principles in popular children’s books engages children in  the cross-cutting principles and science and engineering process skills in the Next Generation Science Standards. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, January 18, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

Deadline- Lunar and Planetary Institute Summer Internship

Human Spaceflight Join the Lunar and Planetary Institute for a 10-week program for graduate students in geology, planetary science, planetary astronomy and related programs. Learn how to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use. Activities will support missions to the Moon that use the Orion crew vehicle, the Deep Space Gateway and robotic assets on the lunar surface. Interns will receive stipends and travel expense reimbursement. Applications are due Jan. 19, 2018. For more information, visit https://www.lpi.usra.edu/exploration_intern/. Please direct questions about this opportunity to explorationintern@lpi.usra.edu. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Friday, January 19, 2018. For more info visit www.lpi.usra.edu.

50th Anniversary (1968), Apollo 5 (Unmanned) Launch

Earth-Sun-Moon The first test flight of the Lunar Module (LM). Mission objectives were to verify the ascent and descent stages, the propulsion systems, and the restart operations, and to evaluate the spacecraft structure, LM staging, 2nd stage  and instrument unit orbital performance. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Monday, January 22, 2018. For more info visit nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov.

20th Anniversary (1998), STS-89 Launch

Human Spaceflight Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt, Pilot Joe F. Edwards, Jr. Payload Commander Bonnie J. Dunbar, Mission Specialists Michael P. Anderson, James F. Reilly, Salizhan Shakirovich Sharipov and Andrew S. W. Thomas. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Monday, January 22, 2018. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

Online Workshop: Museum Community Partnerships - Part 3: Working with the Solar System Ambassadors and Night Sky Network

Other Take events using the Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits to the next level by partnering with NASA's Solar System Ambassadors and local Night Sky Network member astronomy groups. Listen to how other NISE Net partners incorporated these talented and knowledgeable professional and amateur astronomers into their events. This workshop will feature partners who worked with these resources for the first time and others who have maintained a relationship with these groups. Presenters:     Raniere Raniere, Imagine Children's Museum     Megan Downey, James and Anne Robinson Nature Center. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit www.nisenet.org.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Human Spaceflight How NASA Plans to Get Humans Back to the Moon It's been 45 years since a crewed spacecraft journeyed toward the moon with a "trans-lunar injection," but NASA plans to make that happen again in just a few years. The mission will take roughly 25.5 days, and its highlight will be putting the spacecraft in a lunar orbit that will take it farther from Earth than any other crew-capable spacecraft has been. Orion's peak distance will be 270,000 miles (435,000 kilometers) from the planet — about 1,000 times the distance from Earth to the International Space Station. Found out how NASA will be doing this.  Maybe a student in your classroom will be on board the Exploration Mission 1 (EM1). Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Other NASA STARS en Español! Para estudiantes K-12, hablando con personas hispanas que trabajan en NASA y sus historias de como llegaron a lograrlo. Unete a la conversación en Español. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

Explorer 1's 60th Anniversary: A Celebration of Six Decades of Earth Science Discoveries

Earth-Sun-Moon Explorer I marked the start of the Space Age for the U.S. and for the world it heralded the study of Earth from space. The JPL built satellite confirmed the existence of the Van Allen radiation belts, the very first space science discovery. Explorer 1's success was only the first of an array of Earth missions that have mapped and probed our planet's lands, waters and atmosphere on scales ranging from the millimeter to global views. Join JPL's documentarian Blaine Baggett, historian Dr. Erik Conway and a special guest as they go on a multi-media journey from the dawn of Earth science to today's modern fleet that is providing vital information in understanding the changes taking place on the only planet humans can yet call 'home.'. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Thursday, January 25, 2018, 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.

Explorer 1's 60th Anniversary: A Celebration of Six Decades of Earth Science Discoveries

Earth-Sun-Moon Explorer I marked the start of the Space Age for the U.S. and for the world it heralded the study of Earth from space. The JPL built satellite confirmed the existence of the Van Allen radiation belts, the very first space science discovery. Explorer 1's success was only the first of an array of Earth missions that have mapped and probed our planet's lands, waters and atmosphere on scales ranging from the millimeter to global views. Join JPL's documentarian Blaine Baggett, historian Dr. Erik Conway and a special guest as they go on a multi-media journey from the dawn of Earth science to today's modern fleet that is providing vital information in understanding the changes taking place on the only planet humans can yet call 'home.'. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Friday, January 26, 2018, 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.

Moon Occults Aldebaran

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Occultation. Saturday, January 27, 2018.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Human Spaceflight The Evolution of the Spacesuit - Dressed for Space Participants in this webinar will get an overview of the evolution of the spacesuit.  Many layers and systems combine to keep astronauts alive in the vacuum of space. See how NASA's Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuits work in this webinar. You will be furnished with a hands-on activity about the absorption and reflection of heat where your students collect, graph and analyze data to determine which conditions resulted in the greatest temperature variation. Other activities will focus on the technology behind spacesuits. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, January 29, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Aeronautics NASA Aeronautics: Bernoulli's Principle  Participants will get an overview of Bernoulli's Principle and how it relates to Flight while using NASA's Museum in the Box curriculum. 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, January 30, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

60th Anniversary (1958), Explorer 1 Launch

Earth-Sun-Moon Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Wednesday, January 31, 2018. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

Project Mars: International Art and Film Contest is Underway

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. Wednesday, January 31, 2018. For more info visit projectmarscompetition.com.

Supermoon

Our Sky The term “supermoon” has been popping up a lot in the news and on social media over the past few years. But what are supermoons, why do they occur and how can they be used as an educational tool. Plus, are they really that super?  Check out this Teachable Moment from NAS/JPL Education for the whole story. Event Type: Celestial Event. Wednesday, January 31, 2018. For more info visit www.jpl.nasa.gov.

Total Lunar Eclipse 13:31 UTC (Asia, Australia, Pacific, w. North America)

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Eclipse. Wednesday, January 31, 2018. For more info visit eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Launch GOLD (Date TBD)

Earth-Sun-Moon Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) is a NASA mission of opportunity that will fly an ultraviolet (UV) imaging spectrograph on a geostationary satellite to measure densities and temperatures in Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere. The goal of the investigation is to provide answers to key elements of an overarching question for Heliophysics science: What is the global-scale response of the thermosphere and ionosphere to forcing in the integrated Sun-Earth system? The measurements from GOLD will be used, in conjunction with advanced models of the thermosphere and ionosphere, to revolutionize our understanding of the space environment. Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Launch. Thursday, February 1, 2018. For more info visit gold.cs.ucf.edu.

15th Anniversary (2003), Space Shuttle Columbia Accident

Human Spaceflight Upon reentering the atmosphere, the Columbia orbiter suffered a catastrophic failure due to a breach that occurred during launch when falling foam from the External Tank struck the Reinforced Carbon Carbon panels on the underside of the left wing. The orbiter and its seven crewmembers (Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, David Brown, Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Michael P. Anderson, Ilan Ramon, and Kalpana Chawla) were lost approximately 15 minutes before Columbia was scheduled to touch down at Kennedy Space Center. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Thursday, February 1, 2018. For more info visit columbia.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. Thursday, February 1, 2018. For more info visit www.jpl.nasa.gov.

Juno - End of Mission (Deorbit Into Planet's Surface)

Our Solar System Exact day TBD. Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: End of Mission. Mission Highlight. Thursday, February 1, 2018. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

Deadline - Cubes in Space

Other NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Langley Research Center, along with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and idoodledu, inc. are offering a free STEAM education program for students ages 11-18. Cubes in Space™ lets students design and compete to launch an experiment into space. Selected student-designed payload cubes will be launched via a sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, in late June 2018 or from a high-altitude scientific balloon from NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in New Mexico in late August 2018. Registration closes on Feb. 2, 2018. For more information, visit http://www.cubesinspace.com/. Please direct questions about this opportunity to info@cubesinspace.com. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Friday, February 2, 2018. For more info visit www.cubesinspace.com.

130th Anniversary (1888), Williamina Fleming's Discovery of the Horsehead Nebula

Astrophysics Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Tuesday, February 6, 2018. For more info visit www.harvardmagazine.com.

Online Workshop: What's in Your 2018 Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkit

Our Solar System This online discussion provides a demonstration and overview of the hands-on STEM activities in the 2018 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit, tips for using training materials, forming local collaborations, and suggestions for marketing your events and programs. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit www.nisenet.org.

James Webb Space Telescope Lecture

Astrophysics In 1995, scientists asked NASA for an infrared telescope to go far beyond what Hubble can show us: the first stars, galaxies, and black holes; planets and dust clouds that are too cool to emit visible light; and planets, comets, asteroids, and satellites throughout our solar system and beyond.  NASA responded with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), planned for launch in spring 2019. JWST is far larger and more powerful than any space telescope before, operating a million miles from Earth and cooled to 50 Kelvin. In this lecture, John Mather, senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and project manager for the James Webb Space Telescope, will outline how the team conceived the design, why they’re building it the way they are, and how they are testing it to make sure it will work. He will also speculate on what JWST might reveal. Considering that it could detect the light and heat of a bumblebee hovering at the distance of the Moon, we can expect to be amazed. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

Jules Verne's 190th Birthday (1828)

Other The Space Educator's Handbook interactive "From the Earth to the Moon" Neil Armstrong referenced Jules Verne during the Apollo 11 mission. (audio, transcript.) https://genesismission.jpl.nasa.gov/people/biographies/verne.pdf. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Thursday, February 8, 2018.

10th Anniversary (2008), STS-122 Launch

Human Spaceflight Steve Frick, commander; Alan Poindexter, pilot; Daniel Tani, Leland Melvin, Rex Walheim, Stanley Love and European Space Agency astronaut Hans Schlegel, mission specialists. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Saturday, February 10, 2018. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

5th Anniversary (2013) Chelyabinsk Meteorite Fall

Our Sky Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Thursday, February 15, 2018. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

Partial Solar Eclipse, 20:52 UTC (Antarctica, s. S. America)

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Eclipse. Thursday, February 15, 2018. For more info visit eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov.

20th Anniversary (1998), Voyager 1 becomes most distant human-made object in space

Our Solar System Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Saturday, February 17, 2018. For more info visit voyager.jpl.nasa.gov.

OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge

Other NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center invites you to enter the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge, or OPSPARC. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. This contest challenges students to create a multimedia poster using a tool developed by Glogster. An optional InWorld component is available for students in 7-12. Winners will be invited to a behind-the-scenes workshop at Goddard, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. OPTIMUS PRIME is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission. © 2017 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Deadline for Glog + InWorld Presentation Track (Grades 7-12): Feb. 20, 2018 Entry Deadline for Glog Only Track (Grades 3-12): March 5, 2018 Contact: Darryl.R.Mitchell@nasa.gov. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Tuesday, February 20, 2018. For more info visit nasaopsparc.com.

Looking Deep: The InSight Mission to Mars

Mars The InSight mission, scheduled to launch in May, 2018, will be the first NASA mission to observe the deep interior of Mars. Mars, Earth, Venus, and Mercury are as similar as they are different, and the view granted by our human and robotic eyes only scratches the surface. By sending instruments that can teach us about the interior of Mars, we learn about the history and evolution of all these familiar planets. The instruments InSight will bring to Elysium Planitia are conceptually simple, yet also sensitive, delicate, and complex. The spacecraft itself uses proven hardware from previous missions to Mars’ surface, but also features new activities crucial to the success of InSight science. Come dig deep into the workings of Earth’s next trip to the Red Planet. InSight (Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport) is a mission in NASA’s Discovery Program. It is led by Principal Investigator, Dr. Bruce Banerdt, and is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). InSight is… Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Thursday, February 22, 2018, 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.

Looking Deep: The InSight Mission to Mars

Mars The InSight mission, scheduled to launch in May, 2018, will be the first NASA mission to observe the deep interior of Mars. Mars, Earth, Venus, and Mercury are as similar as they are different, and the view granted by our human and robotic eyes only scratches the surface. By sending instruments that can teach us about the interior of Mars, we learn about the history and evolution of all these familiar planets. The instruments InSight will bring to Elysium Planitia are conceptually simple, yet also sensitive, delicate, and complex. The spacecraft itself uses proven hardware from previous missions to Mars’ surface, but also features new activities crucial to the success of InSight science. Come dig deep into the workings of Earth’s next trip to the Red Planet. InSight (Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport) is a mission in NASA’s Discovery Program. It is led by Principal Investigator, Dr. Bruce Banerdt, and is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). InSight is… Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Friday, February 23, 2018, 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.

Online Workshop: The Science Behind the 2018 Explore Science: Earth and Space Toolkit - Part 1

Our Solar System This online presentation and discussion covers the science behind a subset of the 2018 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit activities. After a brief overview of the showcased activities and associated materials, Laura Peticolas, Ph.D. a space scientist and science educator, will dive deeper into the underlying science concepts and connections to current and future NASA missions. Science connections behind a different set of toolkit activities will continue in The Science Behind - Part 2 online workshop on March 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM Eastern / 11am Pacific. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit www.nisenet.org.

STEM in 30: Astronaut Training

Human Spaceflight Did you know that training for a spacewalk requires a 6.5 million gallon swimming pool, a team of divers, and a mock-up of the International Space Station? Astronauts have to train for a variety of different jobs they have to do in low Earth orbit. Once on the station, astronauts run science experiments (sometimes on themselves), fix toilets, and run the robotic arm. Do you think you have what takes to complete astronaut training? Find out on this STEM in 30. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

STEM in 30: Astronaut Training Do I Need to Be an Astronaut?

Human Spaceflight Did you know that training for a spacewalk requires a 6.5 million gallon swimming pool, a team of divers, and a mock-up of the International Space Station? Astronauts have to train for a variety of different jobs they have to do in low Earth orbit. Once on the station, astronauts run science experiments (sometimes on themselves), fix toilets, and run the robotic arm. Do you think you have what takes to complete astronaut training? Find out on this STEM in 30. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

ISS Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments

Human Spaceflight NASA and Portland State University in Oregon are challenging students in grades 8-12 to design microgravity experiments investigating capillary action, similar to those conducted on the space station. Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design with a provided template and submit short proposals presenting the experiments. Selected experiments will be tested in the university’s 2.1-second drop tower, and video results will be available for analysis and reporting. Design ideas are due March 1, 2018. For more information, visit http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/CELERE/. Please direct questions about this opportunity to celere@lists.nasa.gov. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Thursday, March 1, 2018. For more info visit spaceflightsystems.grc.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. Thursday, March 1, 2018. For more info visit www.jpl.nasa.gov.

Launch: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Date TBD)

Astrophysics The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky. In a two-year survey of the solar neighborhood, TESS will monitor more than 200,000 stars for temporary drops in brightness caused by planetary transits. This first-ever spaceborne all-sky transit survey will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants, around a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances. No ground-based survey can achieve this feat. Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Launch. Thursday, March 1, 2018. For more info visit tess.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Teen Tech Week

Other Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. This year's theme, "Libraries are for Creating," encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital tools offered through the library to become content creators, and to leverage library resources to share out their creations, whether they be podcasts, videos, apps, games, wearable tech, or some other fabulous invention or creation! Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Sunday, March 4, 2018.

OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge

Other NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center invites you to enter the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge, or OPSPARC. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. This contest challenges students to create a multimedia poster using a tool developed by Glogster. An optional InWorld component is available for students in 7-12. Winners will be invited to a behind-the-scenes workshop at Goddard, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. OPTIMUS PRIME is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission. © 2017 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Deadline for Glog + InWorld Presentation Track (Grades 7-12): Feb. 20, 2018 Entry Deadline for Glog Only Track (Grades 3-12): March 5, 2018 Contact: Darryl.R.Mitchell@nasa.gov. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Monday, March 5, 2018. For more info visit nasaopsparc.com.

Teen Tech Week

Other Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. This year's theme, "Libraries are for Creating," encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital tools offered through the library to become content creators, and to leverage library resources to share out their creations, whether they be podcasts, videos, apps, games, wearable tech, or some other fabulous invention or creation! Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Monday, March 5, 2018.

Teen Tech Week

Other Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. This year's theme, "Libraries are for Creating," encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital tools offered through the library to become content creators, and to leverage library resources to share out their creations, whether they be podcasts, videos, apps, games, wearable tech, or some other fabulous invention or creation! Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Teen Tech Week

Other Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. This year's theme, "Libraries are for Creating," encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital tools offered through the library to become content creators, and to leverage library resources to share out their creations, whether they be podcasts, videos, apps, games, wearable tech, or some other fabulous invention or creation! Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

Teen Tech Week

Other Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. This year's theme, "Libraries are for Creating," encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital tools offered through the library to become content creators, and to leverage library resources to share out their creations, whether they be podcasts, videos, apps, games, wearable tech, or some other fabulous invention or creation! Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Teen Tech Week

Other Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. This year's theme, "Libraries are for Creating," encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital tools offered through the library to become content creators, and to leverage library resources to share out their creations, whether they be podcasts, videos, apps, games, wearable tech, or some other fabulous invention or creation! Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Friday, March 9, 2018.

Teen Tech Week

Other Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. This year's theme, "Libraries are for Creating," encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital tools offered through the library to become content creators, and to leverage library resources to share out their creations, whether they be podcasts, videos, apps, games, wearable tech, or some other fabulous invention or creation! Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Online Workshop: The Science Behind the 2018 Explore Science: Earth and Space Toolkit - Part 2

Our Solar System This online presentation and discussion will continue exploring the science behind the 2018 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit. After a brief overview of several toolkit activities and associated materials, Katherine Kornei, Ph.D, an astrophysicist and science educator, will unpack the fundamental Earth and space science concepts and connections to current and future NASA missions. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit www.nisenet.org.

Pi Day

Other Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits. Pi Day lessons and challenges: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/activity/pi-in-the-sky-3/. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Wednesday, March 14, 2018. For more info visit www.piday.org.

STEM in 30: The Science of Safety

Aeronautics Do you feel safe when you travel in a car or plane? A lot of engineering and science goes into making sure that the vehicles we use every day are safe and secure. Join STEM in 30 as we take a look at the science of safety. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

STEM in 30: The Science of Safety

Aeronautics Do you feel safe when you travel in a car or plane? A lot of engineering and science goes into making sure that the vehicles we use every day are safe and secure. Join STEM in 30 as we take a look at the science of safety. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.

The Earliest Galaxies Lecture

Astrophysics The Hubble Space Telescope revolutionized the discovery and study of extraordinarily distant and very young galaxies. Hubble's cameras have let us look back through 96% of all time to see galaxies in their infancy, just 500 million years after the Big Bang. The recent remarkable discovery by Hubble and Spitzer of a galaxy, just 400 million years after the Big Bang was far beyond what we ever expected Hubble could do.  These latest Hubble and Spitzer results suggest that the more powerful James Webb Space Telescope may well reveal for us examples of the "first galaxies". In this lecture, Garth Illingworth, professor emeritus in the department of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz, will give his take on JWST, the most challenging and ambitious astronomy mission ever undertaken. He will discuss how, after 15 years of astonishing progress with Hubble and Spitzer, JWST is poised to provide even more remarkable exploration of the realm of the very first galaxies at "Cosmic Sunr… Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. For more info visit airandspace.si.edu.