Venus Transit June 5

Join a NASA team to view the Venus Transit as seen from Fairbanks, AK.


Today, Tuesday June 5, is the last chance most of us will ever have to see the planet Venus pass in front of the Sun.  A transit of Venus is among the rarest of astronomical events, even more rare than the return of Halley’s Comet every 76 years.   The next Venus transit will be in the year 2117.


The best viewing places for this event are Hawaii and Alaska.  NASA has a team of educators at both sites to share this event with teachers and students.


You and your students can join the Fairbanks team from NIA to view this event via LiveStream from 6:00 PM ET until 12:00 AM ET TODAY:


The Fairbanks team will broadcast on two stations simultaneously.  Only the Livestream site will be interactive and open for questions from the audience. 


Please join us to learn what is unique about the Fairbanks location, including interviews at the University of Alaska Museum of the North to find out what a fascinating place Alaska is!


You can also visit the Sun-Earth Day Venus Transit website: where you will be able to see all 11 possible sites to view the transit, including an on-orbit viewing with Astronaut Don Petit on the International Space Station: 

Mars Science Laboratory — Live Broadcasts!

Join live broadcasts from the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex to mark the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory.


Post your questions to exciting guests, including scientists and engineers from NASA, Lockheed Martin, and United Space Alliance.  Hear what special guests like Bill Nye have to say about MSL. 


The interactive broadcasts will be live on Wednesday, November  23 from Noon – 5 PM (EST); Friday, November 25 beginning at 9:00 AM from a launch viewing site and again at the KSCVC from 1- 5 PM; and Saturday, November 26 from Noon – 5 PM. 


You can be a Scientist in Action – just go to to be part of this historic launch!


Want to know more about MSL?  Watch the Launchpad video, Curiosity Goes to Mars! 

New Hubble and Solar Power Educator Resources

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Hello Educators,

We posted several new educator guides today. To view the new material, select the Show Related Resources button for Solar Power on Earth, How the Hubble Telescope is powered in Space, NASA and Biosphere 2 and Going Green? What Does That Mean?

A special thanks to our friends at Space Math @ NASA  for complementing the NASA eClips video segments.


Your NASA eClips Team

Learn and explore on the International Space Station

NASA eClips LogoNASA eClips is excited to hear that students in grades 8-12 will have the opportunity to talk to Astronauts on the International Space Station later this week.


To support this educational event, we are highlighting over 30+ Realworld and Launchpad videos that encourage learning and exploration on the International Space Station. Check out our selection of grade appropriate NASA eClips videos today.


The downlink is part of a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is an integral component of NASA’s Teaching From Space education program.

Launchpad: Kepler video of the week

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In celebration of the NASA Kepler Mission and its latest discoveries the Launchpad: Kepler clip is our video of the week. Are you an educator? If so, be sure to view this video’s related resources.


Kepler is NASA’s first mission to look specifically for Earth-size planets in the habitable zones (areas where liquid water could exist) around stars like our sun. Kepler will spend 3-1/2 years surveying more than 100,000 stars in the Cygnus-Lyra region of our Milky Way galaxy. More than 300 exoplanets have been discovered previously, most of which are low-density gas giants such as Jupiter or Saturn in our own solar system.


For more information check out the Kepler Mission page.


New Search Function Makes Finding NASA eClips™ Videos Easier

Written by Frank Pietrucha

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Your NASA eClips™ team is making it easier for you to sort through our rapidly growing collection of videos. Since NASA releases new segments through out the school year, our offerings have grown to a formidable size – now up to about 230. To help educators navigate their way through the entire series, the NASA eClips™ team has launched a new search function making easier for you to find the perfect segment to shape or supplement your lesson plans.

It’s all very easy. Go to the NASA eClips™ site and click on “search.” You can type in the specific topic you want to explore with your students then check off the appropriate grade level. For example, if your lesson plan is about Mars, type “Mars” into the search box. Then indicate the targeted age range you are teaching. NASA eClips™ offers segments for grades K-5, 6-8, 7-12 and our NASA 360 series for the general public. Within seconds, you will discover any number of videos suitable for classroom use.

Have you tried our new search feature yet? If so, the NASA eClips™ team would like to hear from you.

iParenting Media Award Winner

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NASA eClips™ is proud to be an iParenting Media Award Winner! The program received the award for Outstanding Television Product of 2009. iParenting Awards is the leading family products evaluation program that is committed to helping parents make informed decisions as they choose products for their families.

Recently, the high school program “Launchpad” was recognized by receiving two DV Awards for Launchpad: Fluid Dynamics – What a Drag! and Launchpad: The Launch Abort System and g-Forces.