They say it takes a community to raise a child – the same can be said for doing science. Without our extensive list of partners within the science community, we at CosmoQuest would not be where we are today.
Astronomers Without Borders fosters understanding and goodwill across national and cultural boundaries by creating relationships through the universal appeal of astronomy. Astronomers Without Borders projects promote sharing. Sharing resources. Sharing knowledge. Sharing inspiration. All through a common interest in something basic and universal. Sharing the sky. Astronomers Without Borders: One People, One Sky. Boundaries vanish when we look skyward.
Dedicated to promoting science through internet-based technologies & distribution, Astrosphere focuses on the creation of technologies & content that enable better astronomy communications & content access for the public. Their team maintains the Astrogear shop and produces Astronomy Cast & 365 Days of Astronomy – two of the science and astronomy podcasts you’ll find here at CosmoQuest.
The goal of the Galileo Teacher Training Program is to train teachers in the effective use and transfer of astronomy tools and existing resources that are freely available on the internet (like CosmoQuest!), into classroom science curricula. Through workshops, online training tools and basic education kits, the products and techniques developed by this programme can be adapted to reach locations with few resources of their own, as well as computer-connected areas that can take advantage of access to robotic optical and radio telescopes, webcams, astronomy exercises, cross-disciplinary resources, image processing and digital universes (web and desktop planetariums).
The Night Sky Network is a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs bringing the science, technology, and inspiration of NASA’s missions to the general public. They share their time and telescopes to provide people with unique astronomy experiences at science museums, observatories, classrooms, and under the real night sky. Amateur astronomers have an interest in providing the public with entertaining, engaging ways to learn basic astronomy concepts. It is one of the NASA education goals as well to improve the American public understanding of astronomy. The Night Sky Network has been developed and expanded with the dedicated assistance of advisory teams of amateur astronomers and industry experts.
The Solar System Ambassadors Program (SSA) is a public outreach program designed to work with motivated volunteers across the nation. These volunteers communicate the excitement of JPL’s space exploration missions and information about recent discoveries to people in their local communities. Ambassadors are space enthusiasts from various walks of life who are interested in providing greater service and inspiration to the community at large. The Solar System Ambassadors Program builds on and expands the outstanding efforts undertaken by the Galileo mission since 1997. Because of the success of the original Galileo Ambassadors program, JPL missions exploring Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Asteroids, Comets, Earth, the Sun and the Universe now come together to expand the program’s scope to the Solar System and beyond.
The Saint Louis Science Center features more than 700 interactive exhibits in ten galleries, including GROW, Mission: Mars, Life Science Lab, Makerspace, Discovery Room, Ecology and Environment, Human Adventure, Structures, Liftoff and Experience Energy. In addition, guests can see science in action through Amazing Science Demonstrations at CenterStage, enjoy a thrilling film experience at the OMNIMAX Theater and gaze at the stars at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.
The Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) is on a mission to empower Southern Arizona’s K-12 students to participate in science, technology, engineering and math through inquiry-based learning and research. Over the years, SARSEF expanded its mission to include year-round educational outreach to K-12 schools in Southern Arizona, particularly those in areas of poverty or in rural areas without resources.
Minute by minute, Universe Today reports all that is new in astronomy, space science, and space exploration. Their team provides CosmoQuest with expertise on systems architecture & project management, while keeping us up-to-date in this ever changing field. Universe Today also produces the Weekly Space Hangout in partnership with CosmoQuest to keep you informed on all the space news and beautiful night sky sights.
The Vatican Observatory is one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world. The Vatican Observatory’s headquarters are located at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, outside Rome. They also have a dependent research center, the Vatican Observatory Research Group, which is hosted by Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. This group operates the 1.8m Alice P. Lennon Telescope with its Thomas J. Bannan Astrophysics Facility, known together as the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT), located at the Mount Graham International Observatory (MGIO )in southeastern Arizona. The international staff include a dozen research astronomers plus a number of support staff, emeritus staff, and adjunct scholars, coming from many different nations and cultures, representing nearly every continent.