“Magnetic Mars” Engages Public Audiences in Science

The MAVEN communications and outreach team has developed a variety of resources to help communicate the discoveries of the mission to a broad public audience. An article describing these resources published today in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) journal EOS (Earth and Space Science News).

Visitors to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry can check out the Invisible Mars Science on a Sphere exhibit, part of an effort by NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission team to bring Mars research to the general public. Credit: OMSI

For a cold little planet, Mars remains a hot topic: The general public wants to know more about this alien world and hear from the scientists who study it. Recent findings that highlight tantalizing clues to Mars’s wetter past have piqued this interest still further.

For example, because Mars lacks a global magnetic field, the planet has lost much of its ancient, thicker atmosphere, and much of its carbon dioxide has been lost to space. How habitable was the Red Planet, and what does its history tell us about habitability of other alien worlds?

Read the complete EOS article by Christine Shupla, , Tom Mason, and Bruce Jakosky

Lin Fellows Seminar

Announcing the Lin Fellows Seminar at the Space Sciences Laboratory

  • On Monday, October 9th at 2 pm
  • SSL Addition Conference Room
  • Speakers will include:
    • David Smith (UC Santa Cruz)
    • Chris Möckel (Lin Fellow pictured below),
    • Aashrita Mangu (Lin Fellow pictured below)
  • A reception will follow the seminar

The Robert P. Lin Graduate Fellowship was established in 2012 with a gift from Lily Lin.  It is used to support outstanding UC Berkeley graduate students who pursue research related to space sciences.

Behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Parker SolarProbe Mission

Come inside the clean room at JHU Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) today at 1:45 ET – join NASA Sun Science for a Facebook Live look at the amazing spacecraft and people who are helping humanity touch the Sun in 2018.

Monday at 1:45pm ET, 10:45 PT: Join our NASA Sun Science team in a Facebook Live for a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Parker #SolarProbe, a mission set to touch the Sun

Eclipse Megamovie Movies

August 21st, 2017 was the astronomical event of a lifetime, a total solar eclipse. This eclipse would span the entire United States from Oregon to South Carolina with a 70 mile swath of totality for over two minutes.

The hype had been building for months. Reservations for lodging had been made years in advance for some while others waited to see what the weather would bring and made a last minute excursion toward totality. For some, the weather, the location did not cooperate and we had to settle for NASA Live Streaming, Local News or Social Media.

Social media made it possible for folks to see totality no matter where they were and we have compiled a series of video presentations of the 2017 Great Solar Eclipse.

Like a Premium Edition DVD or Blu-Ray, watch the “making of” the Google sponsored video, the Eclipse Megamovie
….Now that the preview is over watch the complete Eclipse Megamovie:

There were also other movies made by the The Crowd & The Cloud.
Video about the Eclipse Megamovie:

Here is a behind the scenes video of the Crowd and Cloud Eclipse Road trip, with interviews, insights and a generally fun time with Eclipse Megamovie volunteers:

Eclipse Megamovie – Thank You

We are no longer taking photographs for the Eclipse Megamovie project via our Google website. Scientists, Engineers, Educators, Science Communicators, and Members of the General Public took cool photographs of the total solar eclipse, August 21, 2017, like the one above. They then uploaded their collective 46,000 photographs to the Eclipse Megamovie Project to create the largest public database of a total solar eclipse photos that has ever been collected. Scientists at the Space Sciences Laboratory are currently analyzing the images from this dataset in anticipation of new solar discoveries.