COVID-19 Update: We are currently shipping orders daily. However, due to transit disruptions in some geographies, deliveries may be delayed. To provide all customers with timely access to content, we are offering 50% off Science and Technology Print & eBook bundle options. Terms & conditions.
Space Science and Public Engagement - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128173909

Space Science and Public Engagement

1st Edition

21st Century Perspectives and Opportunities

Editor: Amy Kaminski
Paperback ISBN: 9780128173909
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st April 2021
Page Count: 300
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out Price includes VAT/GST

Institutional Subscription

Secure Checkout

Personal information is secured with SSL technology.

Free Shipping

Free global shipping
No minimum order.


Space Science and Public Engagement: 21st Century Perspectives and Opportunities critically examines the many dimensions of public engagement with space science by exploring case studies that show a spectrum of public engagement formats, ranging from the space science community's efforts to communicate developments to the public, to citizenry attempting to engage with space science issues. It addresses why public engagement is important to space science experts, what approaches they take, how public engagement varies locally, nationally and internationally, and what roles "non-experts" have played in shaping space science.

Space scientists, outreach specialists in various scientific disciplines, policymakers and citizens interested in space science will find great insights in this book that will help inform their future engagement strategies.

Key Features

  • Critically examines how expert organizations and the space science community have sought to bring space science to the public
  • Examines how the public has responded, and in some cases self-organized, to opportunities to contribute to space science
  • Outlines future engagement interests and possibilities


Students and professors in space and planetary science; policymakers and those working in public outreach in other scientific disciplines

Table of Contents

  1. A Space to Explore: Mars Public Engagement Strategies for a Spacefaring Society
  2. Science Centers and Planetariums: Bringing the Universe within Public Reach
  3. Engaging the Public with the Great American Eclipse of 2017
  4. The Power of Hubble Space Telescope Imagery
  5. Enabling Learning and Empowering Workforce Preparation Using Space-based Authentic Experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  6. The Symbiosis of Popular Culture and the Space Sciences
  7. Public Engagement with Planetary Science: Experiences with Astrobiology and Planetary Defense
  8. Amateur Astronomy
  9. The Engagement Activities of ESTCube-1: How Estonia Built and Fell in Love with a Tiny Satellite
  10. From Green Peas to STEVE: Citizen Science Engagement in Space Science
  11. From Management to Engagement: How South Africa's Square Kilometer Array Project Transformed its Interactions with Stakeholder Groups
  12. Crowdfunding for Space Science and Public Engagement: The Planetary Society Shares Lessons Learned


No. of pages:
© Elsevier 2021
1st April 2021
Paperback ISBN:

About the Editor

Amy Kaminski

Amy Paige Kaminski serves as program executive for prizes and challenges at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, where she develops strategies to expand the space agency’s use of open innovation methods in pursuit of its mission. In her prior role as senior policy advisor in NASA’s Office of the Chief Scientist, she led an initiative to support NASA’s involvement of citizens as contributors to its research activities. Kaminski has also held positions at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. Kaminski holds a Ph.D. in science and technology studies from Virginia Tech. She previously served as editor of the American Astronautical Society’s Space Times magazine.

Affiliations and Expertise

Program Executive, Prizes and Challenges, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA - Washington DC, USA

Ratings and Reviews