NASA Education and Public Information Offices

NASA Educator Resource Centers

  • 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.

Ames Educator Resource Center

  • 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.

NASA Ames Office of Education

  • The Ames Education Office provides links to online education resources for students, educators, and the media.
  • 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:

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:

Superintendent of Documents
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:

Space Telescope Science Institute
Baltimore, Md.
phone: (410) 338-4707

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Md.
phone: (301) 286-5565

NASA Headquarters
Washington, D.C.
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 Digital Image Collection
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:

Film/Video Distribution Library
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:

National Space Science Data Center
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 Missions
Newell Color Labs
221 N. Westmoreland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004-4892
phone: (213) 380-2980 x269
FAX: (213) 739-6984

Pre 1990 JPL Planetary Missions
JPL 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:

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.

NASA Software

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.

Open Channel Foundation: COSMIC

or Cathy Holubeck at (304) 243-2150

Selected Internet Destinations

The Apollo Society's - Apollo Launch Pad - has an excellent set of links to space related resources on the net.


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.

10 W. Washington Street, P.O. Box 801
Middleburg, VA 22117
Telephone (703) 687-6881
Extensive catalog includes planetary timetables; videos.

1098 South 200 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Telephone: (801) 538-2242

Educational Services, Department 91
Washington, D.C. 20036
Telephone 1-800-368-2728
Ask about "The Earth's Moon," "The Solar System/Celestial Family," and "The Universe" posters.

P.O. Box 9111 Belmont, MA 02178.
Publishes Sky and Telescope Magazine (below), as well as software and books related to astronomy.

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)
Membership Department, P.O. Box 96651
Washington D.C. 20077-7475

Monthly. $42.95/yr
Published by Kalmbach publishing Co.
21027 Crossroads Circle, P.O. Box 1612
Waukesha, WI 53187
Telephone: 1-800-446-5489

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).

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

For More Information:

University of Hawaii NASA PRPDC

Phone: (808) 956-3132

Email: prpdc @