Coordinating Committee and Partners

The International Observe the Moon Night Coordinating Committee is led by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Solar System Exploration Division's Public Engagement Teams at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, with representatives from NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Planetary Science Institute, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, CosmoQuest, Science Festival Alliance, and Night Sky Network.


Andrea Jones

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    Andrea Jones is the Director of International Observe the Moon Night. She is the Public Engagement Lead for NASA Goddard's Solar System Exploration Division and NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Andrea encourages everyone, everywhere, as often as possible, to go look at the Moon! And while you’re out there, the rest of the sky too. There is so much to wonder at, admire, and discover.

Molly Wasser

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    Molly Wasser is the Deputy Director of International Observe the Moon Night. She is the Digital Media Lead of NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division and is the voice of @NASAMoon on Twitter. Molly works for ADNET Systems at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Her favorite Moon fact is that the Moon has one of the coldest measured places in our solar system! Hermite Crater at the North Pole is -410 degrees Fahrenheit (-250 degrees Celsius).

Andy Shaner

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    Andy Shaner contributes to the International Observe the Moon Night committee’s efforts by identifying and contacting potential partner institutions. He also leads our translation efforts. Andy is the Public Engagement Lead for the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. He has worked with education and public engagement teams for NASA planetary science missions and research institutes including the NASA Lunar and Science Institute and the NASA Solar System Exploration Virtual Institute teams.

Brian Day

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    One of the founders of International Observe the Moon Night, Brian Day is the Lead for Citizen Science and Community Development at the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). In this role, he coordinates programs with numerous internal and external partnering organizations, focusing on providing opportunities for students and the public to directly participate in NASA science and exploration. He currently acts as SSERVI’s project manager for Solar System Treks, a set of tools designed for mission planning, lunar science, and public outreach.

Staci Tiedeken

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    Staci Tiedeken is the International Partnership Coordinator for International Observe the Moon Night. She is the Outreach Coordinator for the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Staci loves to incite wonder in others through public engagement activities and is thrilled to be a part of the International Observe the Moon Night Coordinating Committee. Being an information link between the world of professional astronomy/planetary science and the general public is something she is incredibly passionate about.

Nikki Whelley

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    Nikki Whelley is a member of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter outreach and communication team and is the Host Liaison for International Observe the Moon Night. Nikki also works with several other research teams to bring the team’s science to the public by interacting with teachers, students, and people of all ages. Nikki encourages people to get outside and ask questions, you’ll never know if you don’t ask!

Evaluation Team

Sanlyn Buxner

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    Sanlyn Buxner leads the evaluation team for International Observe the Moon Night. She is a research scientist and education and communication specialist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, AZ. She works on several NASA and NSF funded projects in Earth and Space Science. Her work explores how teachers, students, and the general public engages in astronomy and planetary science topics.

Emily Joseph

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    Emily Joseph is a member of the evaluation team for International Observe the Moon Night. She is a research assistant at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, AZ where she works on several different kinds of projects - both planetary research and education.

Maya Bakerman

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    Maya Bakerman works as the evaluator for the International Observe the Moon Night with the host and visitor data. She is an education outreach specialist and data analyst for the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, AZ. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in community education outreach with the College of Education.

Key Partners

Vivian White

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    Vivian White is the Director of Free-Choice Learning at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in San Francisco. There she leads the NASA Night Sky Network, a coalition of 450+ astronomy clubs dedicated to sharing the wonders of space with their communities across the US. Her favorite Moon memory comes from lunar observing with Buddhist monks in India. She was asked, "When you look at the Moon with your eye, it looks smooth. When we see it through a telescope, it is full of holes. And the astronauts who touched it found that it was dusty. Which is it?" She appreciates good questions.

Pamela Gay

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    Pamela Gay is a Senior Education and Communication Specialist for the Planetary Science Institute and is the Director of the citizen science project CosmoQuest. She is constantly on the look out for new ways to use technology to help everyone from pros to the public better do science and learn science. Her various online projects are the rainy International Observe the Moon Night answer we all hope you won't actually need.

Julie Fooshee

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    Julie Fooshee is a student and researcher at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland where she works with festivals and events across the United Kingdom and North America exploring intersections of live events with diversity, equity, access and inclusion. She is excited about being the International part of International Observe the Moon Night! One of her favorite ways to view the moon is in Holyrood Park with her dog, or, if it's raining, on her Animal Crossing Island.

Astronomers Without Borders

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    Astronomers Without Borders connects people worldwide through our universal passion for astronomy. From sidewalk astronomy to online observing programs, through member reports and direct interaction, we all share the same sky. Astronomy has been a part of every culture throughout history, something we have always shared. That’s the foundation of Astronomers Without Borders. One People, One Sky.

Blue Star Families

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    Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are.

Federación de Asociaciones Astronómicas de España (FAAE)

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

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    The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research center of Germany. They also research energy, transport, security and digitalization. Apart from its own research, DLR is also Germany’s space agency. With its education and outreach program, DLR wants to inspire the young generation. One of its many activities is its “Space Show” which is currently on tour all across Germany, with a total of more than 40,000 kids in the audience. This year, this science-on-stage show is dedicated to exploration of the Moon celebrating the Apollo 50th anniversary.

Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM)

MicroObservatory from Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian

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    MicroObservatory is a network of automated telescopes that can be controlled over the Internet. The telescopes were developed by scientists and educators at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian to enable youth nationwide to investigate the wonders of the deep sky from their classrooms, after-school centers, home, or wherever they may be! The Observing With NASA website is part of a NASA-funded project to make the MicroObservatory robotic telescopes accessible to all audiences who want to appreciate and understand the amazing images and data from NASA's space science missions..

On the Moon Again

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    On the Moon Again is an initiative of French scientists who coordinate this event with the contribution of thousands of volunteers and local coordinators. They invite everyone across the globe to participate in this unifying celebration of the Moon.

Virtual Telescope

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    The Virtual Telescope Project brings the wonders of the universe in real-time to people worldwide, despite any physical border, wherever there is an internet connection. This way, everyone can discover and explore the cosmos where we live.

World Space Week

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    World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10. World Space Week consists of space education and outreach events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs around the world in a common timeframe. The 2019 theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.”

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