Become a NASA Expert!

Interested in getting professionally-vetted NASA content for your library? Save your library staff hours and days of independent research with just a phone call.

In partnership with the NASA Museum Alliance, STAR Net has developed this page to provide information about the Museum Alliance and the NASA Nationwide consortium’s upcoming live teleconferences with scientists and engineers who will be discussing the latest news about NASA missions and research.

And, as a member of the STAR Net community, you’ll get access to a searchable archive of over 500+ past teleconferences – all complete with recordings, transcripts, and ready-to-use presentation materials on practically any NASA topic under (and beyond) the Sun!

You’ll quickly become your community’s NASA expert, making your library the go-to destination for all things NASA.

Featured Telecon

Resources for InSight Landing Events
Original Telecon Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Description: InSight will be landing on Mars on Monday November 26, at 2:55 pm Eastern Time/11:55 Pacific Time. Sarah Marcotte of the Mars Public Engagement team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will share the final list animations, multimedia resources and activities for your landing events, plus what to expect during the 90 minute live NASA TV broadcast.

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Already planning a landing event for InSight? Click here to register your event with NASA!

To access the call-in information for the live telecons or to access the archive of past telecons, your library may use the login information below.



Note: If you’re not seeing the login info above, you’ll need to login to STAR Net or register as a new member.

Future Telecons

Universe of Learning: The Visible and Invisible Night Sky – What Can All of the Colors Tell Us?
Telecon Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Description: Have you ever imagined what the sky would like with X-ray eyes? Infrared eyes? Gamma ray eyes? Human eyes, which see visible light, are only able to perceive a tiny portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. In this briefing, a panel of speakers will describe what the sky would look like if you could see these other ‘colors,’ or wavelengths. We will host this Science Briefing in a webinar format so you’ll be able to see our panelists and watch as they make their presentations (you will still have the ability to download the presentation ahead of time and follow along using only a phone, however).

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See our telecon FAQs and etiquette reminders. Specifically, please mute your phones during telecons, and please do not share the call-in or log-in information with non-members.

Peanuts and NASA
Telecon Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018
Description: In May 1969, Apollo 10 astronauts Gene Cernan, John Young and Thomas Stafford traveled all the way to the Moon for one final checkout before the lunar landing attempt. Because the mission required the lunar module to skim the Moon’s surface to within 50,000 feet and “snoop around” scouting the Apollo 11 landing site, the crew named the lunar module “Snoopy.” Naturally, the Apollo command module was labeled “Charlie Brown.” For nearly 50 years, Snoopy has been an important part of the NASA culture and helped inspire generations to dream big. As NASA approaches the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo program, Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang will once more help the world celebrate the success of past missions but also look toward the future as NASA sends humans back to the Moon and on the Mars. Participants will hear from outreach experts at Peanuts World Wide, LLC and learn how their museum can be a part of the Apollo anniversary celebrations. Participants will also learn how to gain access to new multi-media and outreach resources that will inspire the next generation of Moon and Mars explorers.

Preview Telecon

See our telecon FAQs and etiquette reminders. Specifically, please mute your phones during telecons, and please do not share the call-in or log-in information with non-members.

2018 Exploration Series – Expanding Human Presence Deeper into the Solar System

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Beginning in January 2018, the Human Exploration & Operations Communication Team will begin a year-long series of monthly topics focusing on extending human presence in the solar system.

The yearlong series is broken down into monthly topics and each topic will include topic themed outreach materials that can be used in your institution’s programs and exhibits.

A basic digital package of resources will include:

  1. Key messages and story focus
  2. 10-15 minute presentation with script
  3. Explainer Videos
  4. Social media materials
  5. Print products
  6. Education outreach lessons and activities
  7. Raw files for designers
  8. Potential Virtual Outreach Events

The 2018 Exploration Topics:

January – Living and Working on the ISS:  Preparing for Deep Space
February – A Year of Education on the ISS
March – Heroes in Space Exploration
April – Deep Space Exploration System:  Orion Spacecraft
May – Deep Space Exploration System:  Space Launch System
June – Deep Space Exploration System:  Exploration Ground Systems
July – Celebrating 60 Years of NASA
August – Together We Go Farther: Partnerships
September – Together We Go Farther: Mars Generation
October – Humans to Mars: Mission Prep
November – Humans to Mars: Traveling to the Red Planet
December – Humans to Mars: Mars Orbit and Surface Operations

A link to the digital resources will be posted on the NASA Museum Alliance website in the coming weeks.

The goal is to have the resources organized and collected no later than 2 months before each monthly topic begins.  This should give institutions a chance to look at what is available and plan accordingly.  New products will be continuously added throughout the year.

The Museum Alliance was created to be the “front door” to NASA for the world of informal education.  Likewise, for NASA programs, the Alliance is the “front door” to access the world of informal education.  The Alliance is meant to be the starting point for all informal educators who are seeking free NASA educational resources and services.

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