NASA Know Your Earth, “Extreme Weather,” Quiz is Now Live!

The new NASA Know Your Earth, “Extreme Weather,” quiz is now live!
Test your extreme weather skills by taking the quiz at:

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Space Place 3-D Gallery

What is it like to be standing on the surface of Mars? What about floating outside a Space Shuttle or walking the surface of a massive asteroid? The Space Place can’t take you to these places, but we’ve got the second best option – 3-D images of them! Come pick up a pair of red-blue 3-D glasses and take a look at Space Place’s latest image gallery. It contains pictures from all around our solar system and from right here on Earth, too.

To view the gallery, visit:

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NASA Climate Kids – Climate Change and Drought

Drought is a serious problem – just ask the people of California. As the state approaches its fourth year of devastating drought, the importance o efficient farming continues to grow. One important thing for farmers to monitor is soil moisture. In NASA Climate Kids’ latest article, learn how a NASA mission will help farmers with this challenge, and more about droughts and climate change in general.

Check it out here:

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program for Grades 5-14 (Inquire by Nov. 15)

(Inquire by November 15)

Mission 8 is a STEM education opportunity immersing students grade 5-14 in an authentic, high visibility research experience, where student teams design and propose real microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station. A 9-week experiment design competition allows students to design and formally propose an experiment, vying for space on their community’s mini-lab.

Each participating community will be provided with a microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single experiment, and all launch services to fly it to The Space Station in Fall 2015. There is an opportunity to leverage additional programming (such as a design competition for a mission patch model) to involve more community members in the Mission 8 project.

Interested communities should inquire about the program; schools and districts should assess interest with their staff and, if appropriate, move forward with an Implementation Plan. Communities must be on board by February 16, 2015, for a nine week experiment design phase running from February 23 – April 24, 2015. Experiment selection will take place by May 28, 2015. Flight of the selected experiment to ISS is expected in Fall 2015.

For more information, visit: or contact Dr. Jeff Goldstein, SSEP Program Director at or 301-395-0770.

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The 2014 Exploring Your Universe – Family Science Day at UCLA (Nov. 16)

(November 16; 12:00pm – 5:00pm PT;  UCLA Campus – Court of Sciences)

Come visit UCLA for a day of hands-on science activities the whole family will enjoy. Taste liquid nitrogen ice cream, make your own fossil, learn about the latest space missions, and more! This year’s event will feature hundreds of interactive demonstrations and experiments that will delight children and adults alike.

For more information about Exploring Your Universe, parking, and other outreach events, visit:


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SciJinks: What is the Coriolis Effect?

Every tropical cyclone (hurricanes and typhoons) in the history of tropical cyclones has spun counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. That’s because of an important physics principle called the Coriolis Effect. It may be important, but it is still pretty weird and confusing.

Learn all about the Coriolis Effect by reading SciJinks’ latest article at:

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2014 AGU Fall Meeting – Public Lecture: The MAVEN Mission to Mars (Dec. 14)

(December 14; 12:00pm – 1:00pm PT; San Francisco, Calif.)

AGU’s 2014 Public Lecture will feature the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. The MAVEN mission was launched in November 2013 and has just arrived and is orbiting Mars! It will orbit the planet, and study the top of its atmosphere and how it interacts with sunlight and with the solar wind;  the goal is to understand where the water and CO2 from an earlier atmosphere went. During the lecture, a panel of experts will discuss the mission science concept, science observations made during the cruise to get there, observations of Comet Siding Spring, and early observations of the Mars upper atmosphere.

For more information, visit:

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2014 AGU Fall Meeting – Exploration Station (Dec. 14)

(December 14; 1:00pm – 5:00pm PT; San Francisco, Calif.)

Bring you friends and family and do hands-on science with AGU scientists! Exploration Station is a program of activities that gives AGU members who are education/outreach professionals a chance to interact with the public in San Francisco. This event is four hours long, free, and open to the public. Participants make their way through about 30 exhibits offering a variety of easy, family friendly, hands-on activities and have an opportunity to interact one-on-one with scientists, engineers, and education specialists.

For more information, visit:

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NASA SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Program (Submit by Dec. 22)

(Submit by December 22, 2014)

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Airborne Astronomy Ambassador (AAA) Program is now accepting applications for the Cycle 3 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Program, placing educators on SOFIA research fights during 2015.

SOFIA is a 747SP aircraft carrying a telescope dedicated to astronomical research at altitudes up to 45,000 feet. The scientific research team, including AAA program participants, work in a pressurized main cabin. Participants will observe an operating astronomical facility first-hand and interact with scientists, engineers, and flight crew.

Information regarding application procedures, eligibility, and selection criteria can be found at:

For general information regarding the AAA program and previous cycles of Ambassadors can be found at:

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Mars Exploration Student Data Teams (MESDT) Program – Grades 8-14 (Sept.-May)

The Mars Exploration Student Data Teams (MESDT) program is about to begin a new season that runs from Mid-September through May! They are now recruiting educators and their students  who would like to conduct authentic research for the Red Planet. Student teams from around the country in grades 8-14 work via online technologies with scientists and educators from the CRISM (Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars) instrument. Students learn new software, analyze CRISM data, design and investigate their own research questions, and present their work to the science team and their peers.

For more information, visit:
You can also email MESDT coordinator, Brian Grigsby ( with questions.

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