Mars Education Natural Events Fall 2014 Conference | Mars Education

Upcoming conference for educators interested in using Mars exploration in your curriculum! 

Credit: ASU

Special NASA team guests will be sharing about the newest discoveries on the Red Planet and highlight new classroom STEM tools.  In addition, STEM-related hands-on activities will showcased and ways to help educators extend their students’ learning will be shared. Conference participants will receive lesson plans and NASA materials. “

      Curtains of Fire on Io

Giant eruptions caught on tape (well… on telescope) are helping scientists like Imke de Pater, professor and chair of astronomy at UC Berkeley, understand Jupiter’s moon Io. Their work could also shed light on what conditions at the surface of the early Earth were like.

“We typically expect one huge outburst every one or two years, and they’re usually not this bright,” - Imke de Pater

Imke de Pater. Credit: UC Berkeley

Searching for ET

For anyone at NASA Ames:

Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute is talking today at the NASA Ames Research Center as part of the 2014 Summer Director’s Colloquium. Her talk, “Searching for ET: An Investment in Our Long Future” starts at 2pm PST.

It’s not being web broadcast (we’ll post a video if they put in online at a later date) - but you can follow the twitter feed at 

This is a cool entry from  the SpaceOut hangouts From NASA’s JPL & DNews. It features Dr. Amy Mainzer, Principal Investigator of NASA’s NEOWISE mission.

    "We have our first chance, our first capability of finding signs of life on another planet"

    - Sara Seager in reference to the James Webb Space Telescope

    In this SETI talk, Monica Kress discusses habitable planets - from the chemistry of protoplanetary disks to the physics of forming an Earth-like planet.

    Nathalie Cabrol talks about how lakes are sentinels of climate change on Earth - and could have played the same role on early Mars.

    A new study outlines the discovery of serpentine on the protoplanet Vesta (courtesy of data from NASA’s Dawn Mission). Serpentine can’t survive over 400 degrees Celsius - which means it probably came from asteroids that impacted Vesta after it cooled. 

    To learn more about Vestsa, check out this NASA conference featuring Carol Raymond (Dawn Principal Investigator at NASA JPL) and M. Cristina De Sanctis (Italian National Institute of Astrophysics).

    "You never know what else another pair of eyes looking at data can bring you."

    NASA astrophysicist Kimberly Ennico-Smith speaking about how data from the LCROSS mission to the Moon was later used for exoplanet modelling

    The spacecraft pointed back at Earth to make sure it was headed in the right direction after launching - but the images of Earth have been used to help scientists understand what a habitable planet might look like from afar.

    A zoomed-in image of Earth from the perspective of NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). The small dot below it is the moon. Credit: NASA Ames - See more at:


    Check out this wonderful FameLab talk by Kennda Lynch from the 2013 regional competition at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston.