NASA Observing Challenge Special Award Coordinator:
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 Associate Director for Science, Heliphysics Science Division (HSD), Goddard Space Flight Center. New opportunities will be added as new milestones for various missions occur.
Requirements and Rules
To earn the certification, you need to meet these requirements:
You do not need to be a member of the Astronomical League to receive this certification. If you are not a member and would like to become one, check with your local astronomical society, search for a local society on the Astronomical League Website or click here.
The certificates, which are suitable for framing will be emailed to you, and may be printed by you.
The NASA Observing Challenges
1. Landing of the Perseverance Rover on Mars (deadline for submission: March 18, 2021)
- Observing Challenges:
- Participants may either image or observe and sketch Mars. This may be done at any time during this apparition of Mars. Although the landing site in Jezero Crater will likely not be visible, the sketch or image of Mars must clearly show the outline of Syrtis Major.
- Do an outreach event related to the landing of the Perseverance Lander on Mars. Include the date, time, and location of this event in the same email to the coordinator.
- Submit your observations and images, plus the details of your outreach event, by the deadline, to the coordinator.
- NASA's main site for the mission is here.
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)
- Apollo - 50th Anniversary (deadline: August 31, 2019)
- Mercury Transit of the Sun (deadline: December 11, 2019
NASA Observing Challenges Special Awards Coordinator:
Aaron B. Clevenson