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LPI Cosmic Exploration Video Recordings
Video recordings are available online for the Cosmic Exploration presentations, including Dr. Stan Love's discussion of "Gravity," Dr. Walter Kiefer's "Exploring the Core: The Inside Story," and Dr. Jill Tarter's presentation, "SETI: Real vs Reel."

Astronomy Lecture Videos by Silicon Valley
There are new, videotaped, popular astronomy lectures available at the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures YouTube Site. New talks include a preview of the New Horizons mission to Pluto by team member Dr. Mark Showalter (who also discusses his discovery of two new moons of Pluto), a discussion of the Planck Mission results (examining the afterglow of the Big Bang), and a talk by former NASA Astronaut Ed Lu about the proposed Sentinel mission to help defend us against dangerous asteroids.

Tool Enabling Citizen Scientists to Examine Asteroid Vesta
NASA has announced the release of Vesta Trek, a free, web-based application that provides detailed visualizations of Vesta, a large asteroid studied by the Dawn mission. The application includes interactive maps, 3-D printer-exportable topography, and standard keyboard gaming controls to maneuver a first-person visualization of "flying" across the surface of the asteroid.