NASA “Know Your Earth” Quiz: Soil Moisture is now live!

Take the latest Know Your Earth quiz to test your knowledge about soil moisture.

The launch of SMAP is the culmination of years of hard work. Incorporating new and experimental technology, SMAP breaks new ground for Earth observations, and will help improve weather forecasts, drought monitoring, flood prediction, and more.

With SMAP, global soil science will be getting a huge boost, so make sure you’re informed! Take the quiz here:

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Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshops: Earth and Space Science

The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites high school teachers to attend a series of earth and space science workshops. These one-day workshops will take place at the Harris County Department of Education Science Center in Houston, Texas.

‘Weather and Climate Interactions’
Feb. 5, 2015, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Use data-rich activities and hands-on demonstrations to investigate thermal energy transfers and the role of the sun in convection, winds and currents; identify how patterns of atmospheric movement influence weather; and examine the role of oceans in forming hurricanes. The workshop includes a variety of formative assessment strategies.

‘Our Celestial Neighborhood’
Feb. 11, 2015, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Explore the relationships and scales of the solar system, Milky Way and our universe, and examine the characteristics and life cycles of stars, and the variety and properties of galaxies.

A workshop registration fee of $30 includes extensive presentation materials, reference materials, hands-on lesson plans for the classroom, refreshments and lunch. Workshop space is limited, and interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Registration for each workshop closes the day prior to the workshop.

For more information and to register to attend, visit

Questions about these workshops should be directed to

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NASA’s ESTEEM “Ask US” Online Professional Development Series (Feb. 18, 2015)

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, is sponsoring a series of Google Plus Hangout professional development events for K-12 educators. The Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education for MUREP, or ESTEEM, team will lead the monthly sessions that will cover a variety of climate topics. This month’s webinar topic is:

Change Over Time: Investigate Climate Change Impacts in the Southwest — Feb. 18, 2015, at 7 p.m. EST
The National Climate Assessment, released in May of 2014, summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology, economics and policy. Explore the document with a lead National Climate Assessment author, then learn about related educator resources with Minda Berbeco from the National Center for Science Education. Discover resources that will enable you to bring this topic into classroom lessons, engage students in data collection and analyses and share visualizations and citizen science projects. The focus this month will be on the Southwest region. Watch for additional regions of the U.S. to be featured in upcoming “Ask US” sessions.

Certificates of professional development hours are available upon request.

For more information on this event and upcoming webinar sessions, visit

Questions about this series should be sent to Bonnie Murray at

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2015 NASA Student Airborne Research Program (Feb 5, 2015)

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduate students currently in their junior year to apply for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP 2015. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments aboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft.

The program takes place in summer 2015. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will occur at NASA′s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California. Post-flight data analysis and interpretation will take place at the University of California, Irvine.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend plus a travel and meals allowance for eight weeks of participation in the program. Housing and local transportation will also be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 5, 2015.

For more information and to download the program application, visit

Specific questions about the program should be directed to

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NASA Wavelength Special Session at American Camp Association Conference (Feb. 5, 2015)

NASA will be represented at Booth #913 during the American Camp Association, or ACA, National Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference takes place Feb. 3-6, 2015.

NASA also will host a special session on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. titled “Five Easy Ways to Create Out-of-this-World Programs with NASA Resources.” This session will share strategies for creating camp programs using NASA Wavelength resources. There are many projects, games and resources on NASA Wavelength just waiting for your campers. From down-to-earth investigations to outer space imaginations, there’s something for every age group and setting.

For more information, visit

Questions about the program should be directed to Andrew Clark at

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NASA’s GPM Launches Hands-On Field Campaign for Students

This spring, students worldwide are invited to grab rain gauges and learn how scientists use ground measurements to validate satellite precipitation data.

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission is partnering with the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program to conduct a field campaign where students will measure rain and snow in their hometowns from Feb. 1 through mid-April 2015 and then analyze the data.

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LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb

“LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb” is a free international exhibition program for the International Year of Light 2015 that showcases the incredible variety of light-based science being researched today across the electromagnetic spectrum, across scientific disciplines, and across technological platforms. The exhibit materials and striking images were crowd-sourced and expert curated for science content, high-quality printability, stunning beauty and ability to engage wide audiences.

“LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb” covers a robust selection of the science, technology, nature and culture essential to the goals of the International Year of Light. Global organizers and volunteers have access to this online repository of images and resources which functions as a toolkit to create an exhibit with relative ease—allowing sponsors to focus on the physical specifications and local adaptation without having to start from scratch on content.

Please contact if you are interested in creating an exhibit or program in your area.

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NIRCam/JWST Astronomy Camp Workshop for Trainers in the Girl Scouts of the USA (April 24-26, 2015)

On April 24-26, 2015, the NIRCam science team offers its biannual weekend workshop in astronomy for GSUSA leaders. Participants will learn about the JWST, NIRCam, basic astronomy, and the scientific topics of “cosmology” and “extrasolar planetary systems” in ways they can convey to their troops to expand interest and skills in science, arithmetic, engineering, and technology. Hands-on activities address the nature of scientific investigation, light and spectra (visible and infrared), the night sky, lookback time, scale modeling, how to use small telescopes, galaxies, the expanding Universe, our Solar System, etc. Participants will become part of the NIRCam team’s ongoing network of 250 GSUSA leaders.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Don McCarthy:

Dr. Don McCarthy

Steward Observatory

The University of Arizona

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Imagine Ceres: What will we find?

What do you imagine the surface of Ceres will look like? How do you imagine that Ceres formed? When do you imagine Ceres came into being? Over what time frame? What might you imagine that has not been imagined yet? Send us your creations in the form of art, music, poetry, video, or . . . . . let’s imagine together and see what we see.

Imagine Ceres! -

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i C Ceres: Celebrating Dawn’s Arrival at Ceres

Your backyard | Pasadena, California | The World!

After more than seven years cruising at stunning speeds [including a wonderful year exploring protoplanet Vesta], Dawn will arrive at its second destination in the main asteroid belt, dwarf planet Ceres. As the Dawn mission begins its exploration, it’s time to celebrate.

A flagship “i C Ceres” event will be held at JPL/California Institute of Technology. Games, contests, awesome mission team members there to translate the space science for you!

You aren’t in southern California? Host your own event! Big or small, public or private, all are welcome: your club, society, school group, or museum. Awesome presentations will be streamed live—stay tuned.

i C Ceres events will rock the nation—one may be yours!

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