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A Vision of Discovery! Understanding NASA Images through Art
7 Feb 2012
(Source: NASA Discovery Program)

Workshop for K-12 Educators
March 10, 2012

NASA's Discovery and New Frontiers missions are exploring the solar system and sending back to Earth never-before-seen images. This workshop presents new images of Mercury from MESSENGER, of asteroid Vesta from Dawn, and prepares for the first ever close-up images of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt from New Horizons.

Graphic showing Mercury that says "A Vision of Discovery Educator Workshops". Link to event website.

Participants will get the latest updates on these exciting missions from dynamic scientists, then learn how to use art to engage students in the appreciation and interpretation of NASA imagery. Techniques for inspiring and energizing students will be presented, along with activities to help students analyze science images and understand the characteristics of solar system bodies using the elements of art. Additional activities will be demonstrated as well.

Special speakers include:
Dr. Ralph McNutt, New Horizons
Dr. Bonnie Buratti, Dawn
Dr. Nancy Chabot, MESSENGER
Ms. Monica Aiello, Planetary Science Artist

The workshop will be held in four locations simultaneously on March 10. All locations will feature speakers and activities.

  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, OR, from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, MD, from 11:30 am - 5:30 pm

Register now! For more information, visit:

A $25 registration fee covers lunch and snacks. Everyone will receive a terrific packet of resources containing activities and curricula for all grade levels, links to great web interactives, and more.

For those who cannot attend in person, a webinar will be available via an internet link at

Questions? Contact Shari Asplund,

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