Welcome to the MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach homepage!
- New! MESSENGER Education Module: Mission Design was added to the existing MESSENGER Edcuation Modules. This module is intended to provide an overarching framework for discussing exploration in general. Check it out!
- Magnetic tornadoes on Mercury? Learn about this strange phenomenon in this ScienceNews article written "For Kids."
- Read more about the MESSENGER Fellows that attended the third and final Mercury flyby here!
- What is a flyby? What does it do for the spacecraft? Explore the Gravity Asssist Simulator to learn more here!
- Learn about the latest news and information from the MESSENGER mission using the RSS feed. See it here!
- Listen to the "Mercury Close Encounter for the Third Time" podcast, one of the 365 Days of Astronomy daily podcasts of the International Year of Astronomy HERE.
- A new Solar System lithograph set from NASA that is down-loadable as a set or individually here.
New and interesting links:
"I am Mercury"
Each year the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) hosts an art contest for grades 2-4. This year’s contest was entitled "My Place in Space." It invited young scientists and artists to explore our solar system and beyond. They read stories and books. Searched websites. Watched movies. Then drew a picture showing what they had learned and entered it into the contest.
While all of the entries were noteworthy, the MESSENGER mission would like to congratulate Alejandro Toledo Navarro, who won second place for his depiction of Mercury. He is 9 years old and is a 4th grader at Branch Brook Elementary in Newark, New Jersey. Mercury is our place in space, too, Alejandro! See the other winners here!
About the MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach website
In developing this site, educators, scientists, and engineers are working together to bring the exciting science of MESSENGER to everyone. Here you will find a wealth of resources about the planet Mercury and about the MESSENGER mission. If you are a student or teacher make sure you check out the special sections containing educational materials and opportunities.
The MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach Team
The MESSENGER education and public outreach program is conducted by a dedicated team of individuals and organizations with a long track record in space science education in both formal (classroom) and informal (museum and science center) settings. Read about the partner organizations here
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