NASA Education and Public Information Offices
- NASA Educator Resource Centers are located on or near NASA Field Centers, museums, colleges, or other nonprofit organizations. The ERCNs provide educators with inservice and preservice training, demonstrations, and access to NASA instructional products.
- The Educator Resource Center (ERC) at NASA Ames serves the western states Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, and Nevada. Educators use NASA resources to develop their own educational programs. Teachers gather ideas, do research, and duplicate audiovisual materials. ERC materials reflect NASA research and technology development in such curriculum areas as life science, physical science, astronomy, energy, earth resources, the environment, mathematics, and careers in aerospace. Teachers in disciplines other than science and mathematics are also encouraged to visit the ERC and explore ways in which aerospace materials may be incorporated into their lessons. Educational materials available at the Educator Resource Center include NASA Publications, Video Programs, 35mm Slides, Curricular Materials, Lesson Plans, Apple IIe and Mac Software, and Audio Cassettes.
- The Ames Education Office provides links to online education resources for students, educators, and the media.
- If you are not located in the western states, click here for a list of other NASA Field Center Education Offices.
- For a complete listing of NASA educational programs, resources and opportunities, visit NASA Education
Also, check out the following NASA educational sites for teachersand students of all ages:
- Astronomy Resources
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory Education Gateway
- Johnson Space Center Education
- NASA for Educators
Government Printing Office
The GPO sells NASA educational publications, posters and lithographs. Most public and college libraries, such as the Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaii, will have a listing of current GPO publications. For catalogs and information, contact:
U.S. Government Printing Office
Washington, D.C. 20402
phone: (202) 783-3238 or (202) 783-3311
Images from the Hubble Space Telescope
Glossies and lithos of images from the HST are available through:
phone: (410) 338-4707
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
phone: (301) 286-5565
phone: (202) 358-1900
Photographs: Earth from Space
Earth-looking imagges acquired by the Space Shuttle, Apollo, Gemini and Skylab programs can be obtained from the following sources:
JSC Office of Public Affairs
External Affairs branch Mail Code AP4
2101 NASA Road 1
Houston, TX 77058
NASA Johnson Space Center
Media Services Corporation
Still Photography Library
P.O. Box 58425, Mail Code AP3
Houston, TX 77258
phone: (713) 483-4231
Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC)
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
phone: (505) 277-3622
FAX: (505) 277-3614
EROS Data Center
U. S. Geological Survey
Sioux Falls, SD 57198
phone: (605) 594-6151
Online Earth Photography Index
To order images, you will need the NASA picture ID or frame number, which is listed in the Online Earth Photography Index. The staff of the PRPDC can also help you find this information. The EROS Data Center also sells LANDSAT images and digital data in a variety of formats. EDAC sells preassembled slide sets, e.g. Hawaiian Islands, Earth Views, for a reduced price.
NASA Film and Video Library
The central NASA film and video library lends NASA films and videos to educational organizations free of charge --except for return postage. Institutions, especially libraries, are encouraged to reproduce the materials locally to retain for future use. To request a catalog visit, call, or write to:
NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Public Information Branch/AP3
Houston, Texas 77058
phone: (713) 486-9606
FAX: (713) 486-7806
Photographs and CD-ROMs of the Moon, Planets and their Satellites
The National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) reproduces and distributes planetary mission data products for a nominal fee. The staff of the Planetary Data Center can help you preview data products of interest and identify their accession numbers, which are required by the NSSDC when ordering. Contact:
Request Coordination Office
Mail Code 633
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771
phone: (301) 286-6695
In addition to the NSSDC, JPL planetary mission images are also available from the following organizations:
Post 1990 JPL Planetary MissionsNewell Color Labs
221 N. Westmoreland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004-4892
phone: (213) 380-2980 x269
FAX: (213) 739-6984
Pre 1990 JPL Planetary MissionsJPL Employee Recreation Club
Mail Stop 114-104
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
phone: (818) 354-6120
Lunar and Planetary Maps
The NSSDC (see above) sells selected lunar maps, many of which are out of print and available only in limited quantities. A more current and complete source is the U.S. Geological Survey:
Map Distribution Center
Box 25286 Federal Center, Bldg. 41
Denver, CO 80225
phone: (303) 234-3832
- You will need to provide the I# (a unique identifier) and map name when ordering. The staff at the PRPDC can help you locate map I#'s.
The USGS also provides an online listing of Planetary Maps.
Open Channel Software has entered into an agreement with the National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) to publish the COSMIC software collection. This collection represents software created by NASA in a wide range of disciplines including engineering, chemistry, aerodynamics, and other areas.
or Cathy Holubeck at (304) 243-2150
Selected Internet Destinations
The following organizations offer catalogs of planetary and astronomy-related materials (such as slide sets, posters and globes) geared towards educators and researchers.
390 Ashton Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112.
CELESTIAL PRODUCTS, INC
10 W. Washington Street, P.O. Box 801
Middleburg, VA 22117
Telephone (703) 687-6881
Extensive catalog includes planetary timetables; videos.
HANSEN PLANETARIUM PUBLICATIONS
1098 South 200 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Telephone: (801) 538-2242
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
Educational Services, Department 91
Washington, D.C. 20036
Ask about "The Earth's Moon," "The Solar System/Celestial Family," and "The Universe" posters.
LUNAR AND PLANETARY INSTITUTE
Order Department, 3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston, TX 77058-1113
Telephone: (713) 486-2172 FAX: (713) 486-2186
Excellent source of planetary slide sets for $20-$40.
SKY PUBLISHING CORPORATION
P.O. Box 9111 Belmont, MA 02178.
Publishes Sky and Telescope Magazine (below), as well as software and books related to astronomy.
SPACE CRAFT INTERNATIONAL
953 East Colorado Boulevard, No. 201
Pasadena, CA 91106
Sells paper models of the Magellan and Galileo spacecraft, etc.
Monthly. Membership/subscription: $30/year. (students $10.00)
Info: NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY
Membership Department, P.O. Box 96651
Washington D.C. 20077-7475
Published by Kalmbach publishing Co.
21027 Crossroads Circle, P.O. Box 1612
Waukesha, WI 53187
Bimonthly. Subscription: $29.50/yr
Published by The Astronomical Society of America
390 Ashton Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
Bimonthly. Membership/subscription: $30.00
Published by the Planetary Society
65 North Catalina Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
Telephone: (818) 793-5100
Note: The Planetary Society also sells the poster An Explorer's Guide To Mars for $9 ($6 for members).
SKY & TELESCOPE
Monthly. Subscription: $42.95/yr
Published by Sky Publishing Corporation, P.O. Box 9111
Belmont, Mass 02178-9111
Phone: (617) 864-7360
Monthly. Free with membership in Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Also available for $6.00/yr from:
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan 48824