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, Nov 07, 2022

Nov 8th Lunar Eclipse

The last total lunar eclipse until 2025 will occur on November 8, 2022.
Check to see if you're in the path to view the "blood moon"!


Nov 8th Lunar Eclipse

Fri, Nov 04, 2022

Artemis I Mission

Artemis I Moon Rocket Arrives at Launch Pad Ahead of Historic Mission - Nov 4, 2022.     

Follow along as NASA prepares for the historic Artemis I Mission to establish a sustainable presence on the Moon to prepare for missions to Mars.   

Artemis I Mission

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 and asteroid resources for your classroom in our resource section!

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

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 !

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

Sat, Dec 25, 2021

James Webb Space Telescope Launches on Journey to See the Dawn of Starlight

Astronomers were jubilant as the spacecraft made it off the launchpad.

The Webb telescope is set to offer a new keyhole into the earliest moments of our universe.

James Webb Space Telescope Launches on Journey to See the Dawn of Starlight