NASA Observing Challenges Special Awards

NASA Observing Challenges Special Awards Coordinator:

Aaron B. Clevenson
19411 Cluster Oaks Drive
Humble, TX 77346-2918
(281) 852-4667
E-mail: aaron@clevenson.org

 

Introduction

The Astronomical League has been working with NASA to bring you Observing Challenges.  These are opportunities to participate in events associated with space missions to objects within the Solar System.  These challenges have certificates signed by the Astronomical League President and Director of NASA Planetary Science.  New opportunities will be added as new milestones for various missions occur.

 

The Rules and Regulations

To earn the certification, you need to meet these requirements:

  • Image the required object
  • Submit that image as indicated by that challenge
  • Do an outreach event associated with the event in the challenge
  • The deadline for each challenge is typically one month after the event.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

You do not need to be a member of the Astronomical League to receive the certification.

The certificates, which are suitable for framing will be emailed to you, and may be printed by you.

 

The NASA Observing Challenges

Current Challenges:

                TESS - Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (deadline for submission: July 31,2018)

  • The NASA website for this mission is:  https://tess.gsfc.nasa.gov/
  • TESS will be searching for nearby exoplanets.  This award will commemorate its "first light" in June, after reaching its final orbit.
  • Observing Challenges:
    • Take an image of a star known to have at least one exoplanet.  This image may be taken at any time during June or July.  The star should be identified in the image and its name should be included in the submission.  The star should be selected from any list of stars with exoplanets.  For example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_exoplanetary_host_stars
    • Either post the image on a website and send the web address to the coordinator, or send the image to the coordinator.
    • Do an outreach event related the TESS Mission.  Include the date, time, and location of this event in the same email to the coordinator.

 

                Mars InSight Mission - landing is scheduled for 11/26/2018 (deadline for submission: December 31, 2018)

  • The NASA website for this mission is:  https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/
  • The planned landing site is: Elysium Planitia which is located roughly 4.5 degrees north latitude, and 135.9 degrees east longitude.
  • Observing Challenges:
    • Take an image of Mars that shows Elysium Planitia (the landing site).  This image may be taken at any time during this apparition of Mars.  It must be clear enough to confirm that the image is of the correct location.
    • Either post the image on a website and send the web address to the coordinator, or send the image to the coordinator.
    • Do an outreach event related to Mars and the InSight Mission.  Include the date, time, and location of this event in the same email to the coordinator.

 

Previous Challenges that have been included in the program are:

  • New Horizons rendezvous with Pluto on July 14, 2015 (deadline: August 14, 2015).
  • Comet Siding Spring rendezvous with Mars on October 19, 2014 (deadline:  November 19, 2015).
  • Rosetta Spacecraft rendezvous with Comet Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 11, 2014 (deadline: January 12, 2015).

 

 

NASA Observing Challenges Special Awards Coordinator:

Aaron B. Clevenson
19411 Cluster Oaks Drive
Humble, TX 77346-2918
(281) 852-4667
E-mail: aaron@clevenson.org