LPI Earth and Space Science Newsletter
2014 Thacher Environmental Research Contest for High School Students
This annual IGES contest allows students the opportunity to show off their science and technology skills by submitting research projects focused on the use of remote sensing and analysis tools. High school students are asked to identify a U.S. protected area of interest, and design a research project that identifies why the area is unique, why it significantly contributes to our society, how this area has changed over time, and ways remote sensing and geospatial tools can be used to monitor these environmental treasures. Entry deadline: May 5.
New Horizons Message Initiative
The New Horizons Message Initiative hopes to persuade NASA to upload a crowd-sourced message to the spacecraft’s memory, following a successful Pluto encounter. The first 10,000 people to sign the petition will have their names uploaded to New Horizons.
New Citizen Science Project: DiskDetective
This research project, a collaboration between NASA and Zooniverse, is trying to find hundreds of planet-forming disks in the vast database from NASA's WISE mission, which surveyed the whole sky in four infrared bands.
Send Names on an Asteroid Mission and Beyond
NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016. The "Messages to Bennu!" microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard the agency's Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. Names need to be submitted by Sept. 30.
Nominate a Colleague for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Nominate outstanding elementary, grades K-6 mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers; the deadline is April 1, 2014.