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 or sketch the required object(s)
  • Submit that image or sketch as indicated by that challenge.  These should show as much detail as possible.
  • 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 this 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:

               Apollo 50th Anniversary (deadline for submission: August 31,2019)

  • The NASA website for these missions is:  https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/index.html
  • 50 years ago (July 20,1969), humans first walked on the surface of the moon.  NASA sent missions to the moon resulting in six landings and 12 men walking on its surface.  To commemorate this event, the Astronomical League and NASA are sponsoring a NASA Observing Challenge.  
  • Observing Challenges:
    • Participants may either image or observe and sketch the six landing sites.
    • Do an outreach event related to the Apollo Missions.  Include the date, time, and location of this event in the same email to the coordinator.
    • Using these attached forms (click here), submit your observations and images, plus the details of your outreach event, by the deadline, 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).
  • TESS - Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (deadline: July 31,2018)
  • Mars InSight Mission - landing is scheduled for 11/26/2018 (deadline: December 31, 2018)

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