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Citizen Science Campaign: GLOBE Mission Mosquito

Earth-Sun-Moon The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program (GLOBE) Mission Mosquito student research campaign connects students of all ages to monitor changes in the frequency, range and distribution of potential disease vector mosquitoes by reporting observations using the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper mobile app. This is an authentic research opportunity suitable for students in a variety of disciplines, including Earth science, environmental science, life science, mathematics and health. Download the free GLOBE Observer app at https://observer.globe.gov/about/get-the-app. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 5:00 PM.

Deadline- Children's Artwork Calendar

The Commercial Crew Program is holding an artwork contest  for children around the world ages four to 12 years old. The winning artwork will be used to create a 2019 calendar with different space-related themes for each month. The themes educate students about the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more! Event Type: Registration Deadline. Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 9:00 PM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Our Solar System Explore Solar System: By the Numbers Integrate out-of-this-world math, science and engineering into your classroom with NASA STEM solar system activities and missions. Investigate real data, classification, graphing and scale models and to better understand and visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects in our solar system. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, October 18, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more info visit www.eiseverywhere.com.

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.

Deadline - Become a Member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board

Other The Arizona State University Infiniscope Project (under cooperative agreement with NASA’s Science Mission Directorate) aims to recruit individuals with enthusiasm, passion and ambition for a renewable, one-year term on its advisory board starting November 2018 and ending October 2019. Board members will review Infiniscope-developed educational products and receive a stipend, training, collaborative space and recognition on the Infiniscope website. Board members also will have opportunities to earn badges and attend group meetings at national conventions. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING IS 5 PM PDT October 19, 2018. Friday, October 19, 2018, 5:00 PM. For more info visit infiniscope.org.

International Observe the Moon Night

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

Solar Week

Earth-Sun-Moon Please join us for Solar Week - a lively week of online curriculum and fun activities about our sun for grades 5-9 or youth ages 11-14 — including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games, and featuring an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. We will also feature a 30-minute live youth-oriented webinar for more interaction with a chosen scientist. With a major NASA mission heading closer to the sun than ever before, these are exciting times for sun-related science! You may contact us at solarweek@solarweek.org. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. 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. Monday, October 22, 2018.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Human Spaceflight Moon to Mars - Deep Space Exploration: Spacecraft Structures As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, Deep Space Exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for Human Exploration beyond Low-Earth Orbit. Activity emphasis will be on the Spacecraft Structures Engineering Challenge for secondary students. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, October 22, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Solar Week

Earth-Sun-Moon Please join us for Solar Week - a lively week of online curriculum and fun activities about our sun for grades 5-9 or youth ages 11-14 — including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games, and featuring an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. We will also feature a 30-minute live youth-oriented webinar for more interaction with a chosen scientist. With a major NASA mission heading closer to the sun than ever before, these are exciting times for sun-related science! You may contact us at solarweek@solarweek.org. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Tuesday, October 23, 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.

Challenges with Deep Space Travel

Human Spaceflight A 14-week online series of NASA experts speaking live about the challenges of Deep Space Travel. Very useful to FIRST Lego League robotics teams, but definitely of interest to all! Ask questions via Twitter with the #NASADEEP hashtag or through the video player's chat window.  Talks are archived. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 11:00 AM.

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.

Bringing a "Universe of Stories" to Your Library

Other Summer 2019 may feel like it’s far away, but the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) “Universe of Stories” learning theme will be here quicker than a photon traversing from the Sun to Earth. Join the STAR Net team and Luke Kralik, Organizational Coordinator for CSLP, to learn more about the 2019 summer learning theme and ways that you can bring it to life in YOUR library.  Register here. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Aeronautics Small Steps Giant Leaps - X Planes As NASA nears the 50th anniversary of the first human footprints on the moon with Apollo 11, we celebrate the spirit of NASA innovation that took us on that journey from small steps to giant leaps. Join us for a history of X Planes and learn about NASA STEM education resources that can bring innovation and exploration into your classroom. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity

Human Spaceflight ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools and youth education organizations working individually or together to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the ISS between July 1 and Dec. 30, 2019. To augment the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Contacts are about 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars. Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com Informational Webinars: Oct. 11 and Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. EDT Proposal Deadline: Nov. 30. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Solar Week

Earth-Sun-Moon Please join us for Solar Week - a lively week of online curriculum and fun activities about our sun for grades 5-9 or youth ages 11-14 — including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games, and featuring an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. We will also feature a 30-minute live youth-oriented webinar for more interaction with a chosen scientist. With a major NASA mission heading closer to the sun than ever before, these are exciting times for sun-related science! You may contact us at solarweek@solarweek.org. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. 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. Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Other NASA BEST Engineering Design: Asynchronous training Get a first look at NASA Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) asynchronous training modules and participate in the educator feedback process. We will watch each of the training modules and follow it up with feedback gathering to be incorporated in the training development process. This educational activity aligns to NASA Education API 2.4.2 Continue to support STEM educators through the delivery of NASA Education content and engagement in educator professional development opportunities. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Solar Week

Earth-Sun-Moon Please join us for Solar Week - a lively week of online curriculum and fun activities about our sun for grades 5-9 or youth ages 11-14 — including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games, and featuring an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. We will also feature a 30-minute live youth-oriented webinar for more interaction with a chosen scientist. With a major NASA mission heading closer to the sun than ever before, these are exciting times for sun-related science! You may contact us at solarweek@solarweek.org. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. 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. Thursday, October 25, 2018.

Solar Week

Earth-Sun-Moon Please join us for Solar Week - a lively week of online curriculum and fun activities about our sun for grades 5-9 or youth ages 11-14 — including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games, and featuring an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. We will also feature a 30-minute live youth-oriented webinar for more interaction with a chosen scientist. With a major NASA mission heading closer to the sun than ever before, these are exciting times for sun-related science! You may contact us at solarweek@solarweek.org. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. 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. Friday, October 26, 2018.

Launch Window: Ionospheric Connection Explorer

Earth-Sun-Moon The Ionospheric Connection Explorer will study the frontier of space: the dynamic zone high in our atmosphere where Earth weather and space weather meet. Here, the tenuous gases are anything but quiet, as a mix of neutral and charged particles swirl in giant winds.ICON will launch from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands aboard an Orbital ATK Pegasus. Check https://www.nasa.gov/launchschedule/ for latest updates. POSTPONED 6/8/18 ICON, which will study the frontier of space, was targeted to launch on a Pegasus XL rocket June 14 from the Kwajalein Atoll in Marshall Islands. During a ferry transit, Northrop Grumman saw off-nominal data from the Pegasus rocket. While ICON remains healthy, the mission will return to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for rocket testing and data analysis. A new launch date will be determined at a later date. Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Launch. Friday, October 26, 2018, 1:00 AM – 2:30 AM. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

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 On October 29, 1998, the first American to orbit the Earth made history again. The nine-day mission supported a variety of research, including the deployment of the Spartan Solar Observing Spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope orbital systems test platform and several microgravity experiments from NASA Glenn. More info. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Monday, October 29, 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. 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.

Challenges with Deep Space Travel

Human Spaceflight A 14-week online series of NASA experts speaking live about the challenges of Deep Space Travel. Very useful to FIRST Lego League robotics teams, but definitely of interest to all! Ask questions via Twitter with the #NASADEEP hashtag or through the video player's chat window.  Talks are archived. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 11:00 AM.

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.

Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

Our Solar System Students in grades 5-12 are challenged to think like NASA scientists. Examine real spacecraft images of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, Saturn’s moon Titan, and Jupiter’s moon Europa. Choose the destination you think would be the best place to return with another spacecraft to learn even more about these amazing worlds. Support your choice in an essay of no more than 500 words, due by February 8, 2019. More information here. Thursday, November 1, 2018.

Deadline- NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

Other The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers early career and senior scientists one- to three-year work assignments with NASA scientists and engineers. Opportunities relate to missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology and science management. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements. Contact: npphelp@usra.edu. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Thursday, November 1, 2018, 3:00 PM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Other Moon to Mars - Deep Space Exploration: Student Launches This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for Human Exploration beyond Low-Earth Orbit. Activity emphasis will be on model rocketry challenges such as Team America Rocket Challenge and NASA’s Student Launch. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and ETS1. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, November 1, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Deadline- Conrad Challenge

Other The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual competition that invites students worldwide to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science, technology, creativity and critical thinking to solve challenges having global impact in six categories. Teams of two-five students, ages 13-18, create products and/or services that address some of the most pressing global challenges. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Friday, November 2, 2018, 8:59 PM.

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.

Challenges with Deep Space Travel

Human Spaceflight A 14-week online series of NASA experts speaking live about the challenges of Deep Space Travel. Very useful to FIRST Lego League robotics teams, but definitely of interest to all! Ask questions via Twitter with the #NASADEEP hashtag or through the video player's chat window.  Talks are archived. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 11:00 AM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Mars Explore Moon and Mars: MarsBound - Math and Science Together Participants in this webinar will get an overview of the NASA education resource MarsBound: Mission to the Red Planet. This cross-curricular activity combines science, engineering, mathematics and group interaction as students plan for an unmanned mission to the Red Planet. This webinar addresses Common Core – Mathematics standards and Next Generation Science Standard ETS1. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

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.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Human Spaceflight Commercial Crew Program: Hazards of Human Spaceflight NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide a safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Explore the hazards astronauts face in the extreme environment of space travel and the solutions NASA developed to ensure the safety and well-being of the astronauts. NASA STEM classroom lessons and online resources will be integrated into the out of this world webinar. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, November 8, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Deep Space Network/ von Karman Lecture Series

Other How does NASA capture the faint whispers of spacecraft voyaging to far flung destinations across the solar system and beyond? The answer involves giant radio antennas, global cooperation, and a LOT of careful planning. NASA’s Deep Space Network is a vital lifeline between Earth and the spacecraft that extend our senses outward. This panel-style discussion will share how the network turns radio waves into science and engineering data, along with plans for the DSN’s future. For more information. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Deep Space Network/ von Karman Lecture Series

Other How does NASA capture the faint whispers of spacecraft voyaging to far flung destinations across the solar system and beyond? The answer involves giant radio antennas, global cooperation, and a LOT of careful planning. NASA’s Deep Space Network is a vital lifeline between Earth and the spacecraft that extend our senses outward. This panel-style discussion will share how the network turns radio waves into science and engineering data, along with plans for the DSN’s future. For more information. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Live Event Coverage. Friday, November 9, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

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.

Challenges with Deep Space Travel

Human Spaceflight A 14-week online series of NASA experts speaking live about the challenges of Deep Space Travel. Very useful to FIRST Lego League robotics teams, but definitely of interest to all! Ask questions via Twitter with the #NASADEEP hashtag or through the video player's chat window.  Talks are archived. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 11:00 AM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Aeronautics Small Steps to Giant Leaps - Speed of Sound For decades, NASA has been studying aircraft noise in order to reduce the impact jet aircraft have on the world.  New techniques for reducing noise emissions from engines are constantly being developed. Come learn about motions and forces, transfer of energy, and the abilities of technological design as they use a variety of materials and methods to reduce or eliminate noise.  The speed of sound and how that speed depends on certain variables are important concepts related to the physics of sound. There are hands-on experiments and physical demonstrations that educators can use to make and share connections to this research within their classroom.  This educational activity aligns to NASA Education API 2.4.2 - Continue to support STEM educators through the delivery of NASA education content and engagement in educator professional development opportunities. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Earth-Sun-Moon Explore Moon to Mars: A Field Trip To The Moon Embark on a Field Trip to the Moon with NASA EDPC in a free 1-hr webinar. In this inquiry-based journey, your students will learn team-building, careers in science and engineering, and will design a self-sufficient lunar station. As they work in teams to investigate Ecosystem, Geology, Habitat, Engineering, Navigation, and Medicine, emphasis is on critical thinking skills, problem-solving techniques, and understanding of complex systems as they discuss solutions to essential questions. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Deadline- Spring 2019 NASA Internships

Are you a current student with a 3.0 GPA and U.S. citizen? Be part of NASA’s mission! NASA’s agency internship program is now accepting applications for 2019. NASA interns contribute to important missions and goals, while gaining valuable professional experience. Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov Deadlines: Spring 2019: November 5 Summer 2019: April 1 Fall 2019: July 1. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Northrop Grumman Resupply Mission to Space Station (CRS-10)

Human Spaceflight Northrop Grumman's tenth contracted commercial resupply services mission, launching aboard an Antares rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, will deliver several tons of cargo including crew supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station.  Latest launch updates. Mission Event Type: Launch. Thursday, November 15, 2018, 1:49 AM.

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.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity

Human Spaceflight ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools and youth education organizations working individually or together to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the ISS between July 1 and Dec. 30, 2019. To augment the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Contacts are about 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars. Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com Informational Webinars: Oct. 11 and Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. EDT Proposal Deadline: Nov. 15. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Thursday, November 15, 2018, 9:00 PM.

Leonids 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. Saturday, November 17, 2018.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Other Moon to Mars - Deep Space Exploration: Ascent Abort 2 Test – Engineering Challenge This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for Human Exploration beyond Low-Earth Orbit. Activity emphasis will be on resources related to the Ascent Abort 2 test including the Mobile Application and Visualization Challenge. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, November 19, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

2019 Drop Tower Challenge: Proposal Deadline

Human Spaceflight Future long-duration space missions will require crews to grow food; so, understanding how to water plants in microgravity is important—especially because the roots also require air. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects that will use wetting characteristics to transport both water and air in a microgravity environment. Objects created by selected teams will experience microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. NASA will invite the top-performing teams to present their results in a student poster session at the 2019 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.  Proposals due November 20. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Deadline- 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. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Challenges with Deep Space Travel

Human Spaceflight A 14-week online series of NASA experts speaking live about the challenges of Deep Space Travel. Very useful to FIRST Lego League robotics teams, but definitely of interest to all! Ask questions via Twitter with the #NASADEEP hashtag or through the video player's chat window.  Talks are archived. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 11:00 AM.

Black Hole Friday

Astrophysics Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Friday, November 23, 2018. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

InSight Landing on Mars

Mars The entry, descent, and landing (EDL) begins when the spacecraft reaches the Martian atmosphere, about 80 miles (about 128 kilometers) above the surface, and ends with the lander safe and sound on the surface of Mars six minutes later. More on landing and InSight mission here. Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Arrival. Monday, November 26, 2018. For more info visit insight.jpl.nasa.gov.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Human Spaceflight Commercial Crew Program:Spacecraft Engineering Design Challenges Participants will explore NASA Engineering Design Challenges focused on Crew Space Vehicles and Rockets. Multiple STEM inquiry based activities will be presented. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, November 26, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Challenges with Deep Space Travel

Human Spaceflight A 14-week online series of NASA experts speaking live about the challenges of Deep Space Travel. Very useful to FIRST Lego League robotics teams, but definitely of interest to all! Ask questions via Twitter with the #NASADEEP hashtag or through the video player's chat window.  Talks are archived. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 11:00 AM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Aeronautics Small Steps to Giant Leaps: 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, November 27, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Human Spaceflight STEM Engagement with Lunar Hotels and Mother Ships NASA works with astronaut crews on skills that prepare them to live and work together during space missions. These story line modules were designed to help students learn and practice teamwork and problem solving. We will explore 4 engineering design challenges including designing a lunar hotel from 4X8 cards and vehicles to transport astronauts on water and land. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Deadline - Hosting an ARISS Contact in the USA

Human Spaceflight Hosting an ARISS Contact in the USA A scheduled ARISS contact is a voice-only communication via Amateur Radio between the International Space Station (ISS) crew and classrooms and communities.  ARISS contacts allow education audiences to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to work and live in space. These scheduled contact opportunities are offered to formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together. Proposals from schools and organizations in the US are accepted during two proposal windows each year. The Fall 2018 proposal window opens October 1 for contacts to be scheduled from July 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. This proposal is due to ARISS by November 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Event Type: Registration Deadline. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Friday, November 30, 2018, 11:59 PM – Saturday, December 1, 2018, 12:59 AM. For more info visit www.ariss.org.

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, December 3, 2018.

Challenges with Deep Space Travel

Human Spaceflight A 14-week online series of NASA experts speaking live about the challenges of Deep Space Travel. Very useful to FIRST Lego League robotics teams, but definitely of interest to all! Ask questions via Twitter with the #NASADEEP hashtag or through the video player's chat window.  Talks are archived. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 11:00 AM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Aeronautics Small Steps to Giant Leaps - Seeing Sound Participants will get an overview of the Seeing Sound 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, December 4, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Other Moon to Mars - Deep Space Exploration: Orion Crew Capsule – Engineering Design This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for Human Exploration beyond Low-Earth Orbit. Activity emphasis will be on the resources related to the Orion Spacecraft from activity sheets to engineering challenges. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, December 6, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

International Civil Aviation Day

Aeronautics Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Friday, December 7, 2018. For more info visit www.icao.int.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Human Spaceflight Commercial Crew Program: Touchdown Engineering Design Challenges NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide a safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide a safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Crew safety is paramount in the return of human spaceflight launches from Florida’s Space Coast, and the latest round of parachute testing is providing valuable data to help industry partners and NASA return our astronauts safely. Explore Engineering Design Challenges for landing spacecraft safely. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Monday, December 10, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Challenges with Deep Space Travel

Human Spaceflight A 14-week online series of NASA experts speaking live about the challenges of Deep Space Travel. Very useful to FIRST Lego League robotics teams, but definitely of interest to all! Ask questions via Twitter with the #NASADEEP hashtag or through the video player's chat window.  Talks are archived. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: For Classrooms. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:00 AM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Aeronautics Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Flying with Bernoulli 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, December 11, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Human Spaceflight Commercial Crew Program: Living in Microgravity NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide a safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Explore the physics of microgravity and how it’s used for research in space and how it affects astronauts. Also, investigate ways it can be used for learning in your classroom. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Geminids 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. Friday, December 14, 2018.

Comet 46p (Wirtanen) Closest Approach to Earth

Comets/Asteroids Will remain within 10 million miles of Earth from December 4 through 28, 2018. Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Comet. Sunday, December 16, 2018. For more info visit www.nasa.gov.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinar

Other Moon to Mars - Deep Space Exploration: Gateway – Power for Exploration This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for Human Exploration beyond Low-Earth Orbit. Activity emphasis will be on resources related to the Gateway Orbital Platform with an emphasis on power generation in space. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards PS3. Event Type: Online Presentation/Interaction. Online Event Type: Professional Development. Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

50th Anniversary (1968), Apollo 8 Launch (Borman, Lovell, Anders)

Human Spaceflight "'Round the moon and back..." The mission objectives for Apollo 8 included a coordinated performance of the crew, the command and service module, or CSM, and the support facilities. The mission also was to demonstrate translunar injection; CSM navigation, communications and midcourse corrections; consumable assessment; and passive thermal control. The detailed test objectives were to refine the systems and procedures relating to future lunar operations. 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. Friday, December 21, 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, December 21, 2018. For more info visit www.missionjuno.swri.edu.

Ursid 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. Saturday, December 22, 2018.

50th Anniversary (1968), "Earthrise" Photo

Earth-Sun-Moon Thoughts from photographer Astronaut Bill Anders here. More on the crew's Christmas message here. The image as one of Time's 100 Most Influential Images of All Time. NPR story on how they almost missed it. Data from the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter allowed this fascinating recreation of the moment. Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Historic Anniversary. Monday, December 24, 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. Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

NewYear's with New Horizons

Our Solar System The New Year's celebration to usher in 2019 will include an event like no other – more than four billion miles from Earth. Shortly after midnight Eastern Time on Jan. 1, 2019 – NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will buzz by the most primitive and most distant object ever explored. New Horizons' encounter with Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, which orbits a billion miles beyond Pluto, will offer the first close-up up look at such a pristine building block of the solar system – and will be performed in a region of deep space that was practically unknown just a generation ago. Event Type: Mission Event. Mission Event Type: Flyby. Mission Highlight. Tuesday, January 1, 2019. For more info visit pluto.jhuapl.edu.

Happy New Year

Other Event Type: Annual /Historic. Annual / Historic: Annual Event. Tuesday, January 1, 2019. For more info visit eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Earth at Perihelion

Earth-Sun-Moon Aphelion: the point in an orbit that is the most distant from the Sun. Perihelion: the point in an orbit that is nearest to the Sun. Earth's apehelion and perihelion have a difference of over 3 million miles, but relative to the entire distance, it isn’t much.  Learn more about Earth's seasons and orbit at Space Place.  Determine the dates for yourself here. Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Aphelion / Perihelion. Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

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. Sunday, January 6, 2019.

Partial Solar Eclipse, 1:42 UTC (ne Asia, n Pacific)

Our Sky Event Type: Celestial Event. Celestial Event Type: Eclipse. Sunday, January 6, 2019. For more info visit eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov.