The mission of Project Ianos is to engage and educate students with the wonders of space and to inspire them to become explorers of it.
In an education landscape where rote memorization is traditionally the norm, Project Ianos seeks to blaze a different path—we encourage students to become explorers. It is through the lens of curiosity and discovery that we introduce students to those on the frontlines of NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Engaging videos hosted by world-renowned explorer and award-winning television presenter Josh Bernstein highlight the past, present, and future of human spaceflight. Standards-aligned activities bridge classroom learning with real-world context, inviting students to complete Expeditions and Missions inspired by those videos. As a result, Project Ianos creates a connection between the students of today and the jobs of tomorrow, igniting passions and laying foundations for a strong and diverse future workforce.
Our project’s name—Ianos (pronounced YA--nos)—comes from ancient Greece and was the name for Janus, the Roman god of transitions, time, gateways, and portals. Ianos was typically portrayed with two heads or faces.
In the Project Ianos logo, the older face looks with wisdom and insight to the Moon and the glory of NASA’s Apollo missions, while the younger face looks with hope to Mars and the promise of new discoveries. Between the two sits the present moment and the Earth, where a Saturn V rocket (in another homage to the Apollo era) takes off into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida.