What is the NCCN Project ?

NASA Community College Network

The SETI Institute’s NASA Community College Network (NCCN) is a major initiative to bring NASA Subject Matter Experts (SME), research findings, and science resources into the nation’s community college system. NCCN is a constituent team of the Science Activation program, part of NASA’s Science Mission Directive (SMD).

Guided by needs assessments of both community college instructors (CCIs) and SMEs to engage in outreach, NCCN will consist of three key engagement deliverables:

1) To broker direct partnerships between NASA science subject matter experts and community college instructors teaching astronomy, space science and related courses.

2) To provide a set of high-quality, curated, audience-appropriate NASA resources created with or by NASA scientists to support their outreach and engagement and implemented by the community college instructor.

3) To provide professional development and training for both groups:

a) Community college instructors: we want to support or extend their knowledge of NASA science or research topics and help them communicate new or more engaging concepts to their students.

b) NASA subject matter experts: we want to help them engage effectively with the instructors and students at community colleges. For scientists new to outreach, we want to help them understand community college audiences and how best to work with them.

NCCN is funded by NASA SMD Cooperative Agreement 80NSSC21M0009


Mon, Sep 26, 2022

Bam! NASA’s DART Mission Hits Asteroid in First-Ever Planetary Defense Test

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) – the world’s first planetary defense technology demonstration – successfully impacted its asteroid target on Monday, the agency’s first attempt to move an asteroid in space.

Mission control at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, announced the successful impact at 7:14 p.m. EDT. 

As a part of NASA’s overall planetary defense strategy, DART’s impact with the asteroid Dimorphos demonstrates a viable mitigation technique for protecting the planet from an Earth-bound asteroid or comet, if one were discovered.



Look for Comet resources for your classroom in our Resource section!

Bam!    NASA’s DART Mission Hits Asteroid in First-Ever Planetary Defense Test

Sun, Sep 04, 2022

DPS 2022

2 – 7 OCTOBER 2022

Join us in the heart of the planetary science community virtually and in person in London, Canada at the RBC Place London



Sun, Aug 14, 2022

Become a NASA Partner Eclipse Ambassador !

Do you love eclipses and want to share the wow of space science with your community? Apply to become a NASA Partner Eclipse Ambassador!

In 2023 and 2024, two eclipses will be happening across the United States. In an exciting new partnership, Undergraduate Students and Amateur Astronomers will engage their local communities, providing solar viewing glasses as well as context for underserved communities off the central paths. 



Become a NASA Partner Eclipse Ambassador !

Tue, Jul 19, 2022

Planets, exoplanets and more with JWST

SETI Talks brings together the best scientists in the fields of SETI, astrobiology and more from around the world to discuss new discoveries and cutting-edge research.

A discussion of the potential of JWST for planetary science and astrobiology. Moderated by SETI Senior Astronomer Franck Marchis.
July 20, 2022. 3pm PDS


Planets, exoplanets and more with JWST

Wed, Jul 13, 2022

PBS Special: Ultimate Space Telescope

Premieres today (July 13) at 9 p.m. EDT (8 p.m. CDT) on PBS NOVA

PBS Special: Ultimate Space Telescope

Mon, Jul 11, 2022

James Webb Space Telescope Image Released

NASA released the new JWST image today, Monday July 11th, 2022.

(image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)


James Webb Space Telescope Image Released

Tue, Apr 12, 2022


NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has determined the size of the largest icy comet nucleus ever seen by astronomers. The estimated diameter is approximately 80 miles across, making it larger than the state of Rhode Island. The nucleus is about 50 times larger than found at the heart of most known comets. Its mass is estimated to be a staggering 500 trillion tons, a hundred thousand times greater than the mass of a typical comet found much closer to the Sun.



Mon, Mar 14, 2022

Artemis 1: Going back to the moon

The rollout for NASA's Artemis 1 mission is right on track for this Thursday (March 17), agency officials said today (March 14).

In just a few days, NASA's immense Crawler-Transporter 2 vehicle will carry the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket and Orion spacecraft on a 4-mile (6.4 kilometers) journey to Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This rollout will deliver the rocket and Orion to the pad where they will prepare to launch on a moonbound mission, currently set for no earlier than May of this year.



Artemis 1: Going back to the moon