NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is pursuing new knowledge and understanding of our planet Earth, our Sun and solar system, and the universe. NASA SMD research seeks answers to profound questions that are relevant to all:
How and why are Earth's climate and the environment changing?
How and why does the Sun vary and affect Earth and the rest of the solar system?
How do planets and life originate?
How does the universe work, and what are its origin and destiny?
Are we alone?
NASA SMD funds a national community of education and outreach professionals that develop and deliver resources for all levels of formal and informal education and public outreach activities using NASA content, expertise, and facilities. NASA Wavelength features resources developed by this community, including award-winning curriculum tools, activities that allow students and teachers to learn about and participate in NASA missions, exhibits and planetarium shows, and much more.
NASA Cooperative Agreements NNX09AQ12A and NNX09AQ09A
NASA Wavelength was developed by a team from the Space Sciences Laboratory and Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and the Adler Planetarium under NASA Cooperative Agreements NNX09AQ12A and NNX09AQ09A. The development team has worked with educators across the country to define, test and launch NASA Wavelength.
Overall leadership for NASA Wavelength is provided by NASA SMD and its Education and Public Outreach Forums. The Forums include teams of scientists and educators (K-12, higher education and informal education) who work together and with NASA to organize SMD education and public outreach into a coordinated effort that effectively uses SMD science discoveries, expertise, and resources. The Forums are led by the following organizations:
Astrophysics Forum: Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
Earth Science Forum: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Heliophysics Forum: Space Science Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley
Planetary Science Forum: Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)