Events and News
Geminids Meteor Shower
In 2015, the Geminids will peak between December 13 and 14. A waxing crescent Moon (Moon's phase after a New Moon) will create good conditions for viewing the shower.
International Observe the Moon Night
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an InOMN event — and uniting on one day each year to look at and learn about the Moon together.
Join us at the LPI on Saturday, August 8 for "Passing Pluto," a special event for all ages. Learn about solar system exploration and hear about the first close-up pictures of Pluto received from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. Hands-on activities will run from 6:30 to 7:45 pm, and the presentation begins at 8 pm. It's free and everyone is welcome.
Introduction to GIS for Planetary Mappers
Announcing a USGS Astrogeology Science Center workshop: "Introduction to GIS for Planetary Mappers", July 29-30. The workshop will teach the participants how to initiate, organize, and implement best practices for digital planetary mapping. The workshop will use Esri's ArcMap, ISIS3, QGIC, and JMars tools.
Training Opportunity at USGS's Planetary Photogrammetry Guest Facility
The Planetary Photogrammetry Guest Facility at USGS' Astrogeology Science Center announces its Call for Participation for a training opportunity on July 27-29. This training will cover photogrammetric processing of planetary stereo imagery using ISIS and SOCET SET® software.
On Friday, July 24, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum celebrates the red planet with Mars Day!, a family program hosted by the Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS). Mars Day! is a popular annual event in which CEPS scientists active in Mars research and mission planning interact one-on-one with NASM visitors. Visitors enjoy a variety of fun, educational activities throughout the Museum.
New Horizons Spacecraft Encounters Pluto
New Horizons closest approach to Pluto
Summer Science Saturday
The Space Imagery Center at the University of Arizona is hosting its annual open house, Small Bodies of the Solar System, on July 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Kuiper Space Sciences Building.
Mars Through Time Educators Workshop
Mars Through Time is a four day, high school teacher professional development training focusing on Mars science and exploration and the nature and process of science. Participants explore the relationship between technology and science using the history of Mars exploration as an example. Participants also learn about and discuss the nature and process of science with each other and invited speakers. The application period closes May 15, 2015.
2nd Planetary Data Workshop
The goals of the workshop are to bring planetary scientists, data providers from current and recent space exploration missions, and technology experts together to exchange ideas on the latest tools and technologies that can be used to address current needs in planetary research and data analysis. Flagstaff, Arizona, June 8-10, 2015
JPL RPIF Grand Re-Opening.
Stop by JPL's Building 11 at 2:00 p. m. for the grand re-opening of the new Regional Planetary Image Facility.
Hawaii Space Lecture Series - The Rosetta Mission: Riding with a Comet
The guest spearker will be Peter Mouginis-Mark. The free lecture will be held at the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center, Pacific Ocean Science and Technology Building, Room 544, University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. 7:30 PM
SkyFest - I C Ceres: The Dawn Mission Arrives at Ceres
Join us for night sky viewing and hands-on activities at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. Explorers of all ages are welcome at this free event. 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Cosmic Exploration Series: Movie Science: Who Cares If It's Wrong
Featured speaker is Dr. Seth Shostak, SETI. 7:30 pm. Registration is required. Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston
Hawaii Space Lecture Series - Volcanoes on the Moon: Where, When, and Why?
The guest spearker will be Lionel Wilson. The free lecture will be held at the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center, Pacific Ocean Science and Technology Building, Room 544, University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. 7:30 PM
Lyrids Meteor Shower
The Lyrids meteor shower is usually active between April 16 and April 25 every year; in 2015, the Lyrids will peak on April 22.
Icy Worlds & the Discoveries of DAWN and New Horizons
"Icy Worlds & the Discoveries of DAWN and New Horizons" opened at the Museum of Natural History in Providence, RI on April 20, 2015. The exhibit, developed by the Brown/NASA Northeast Planetary Data Center, features the icy worlds of the outer solar system as context for the upcoming DAWN mission to Ceres and New Horizons mission to Pluto.
SkyFest: Happy Anniversary, Hubble!
Join us at the Lunar and Planetary Institute on Saturday, April 11, fro 8-10 pm for the next SkyFest event. There will be hands-on activities, and, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, there will be viewing of the night sky. The event is free and open to explorers of all ages, but children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or adult the entire time they are visiting LPI.
Cosmic Exploration Series: Europa Report
Featured speaker is Dr. Britney Schmidt, Georgia Institute of Technology. 7:30 pm. Registration is required. Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston
Total Lunar Eclipse
This total lunar eclipse will be visible from all 50 U.S. states, however, only Alaska and Hawaii residents will be able to view the eclipse in its entirety.
Hawaii Space Lecture Series - Volatiles at the Poles of the Moon: The Remote Sensing View of the Puzzle
The guest spearker will be Myriam Lemelin. The free lecture will be held at the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center, Pacific Ocean Science and Technology Building, Room 544, University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. 7:30 PM
Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center LPSC2015 poster
Announcing a Planetary Volcanology Analogs web site at the Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center. The poster presentation will be Thursday evening during the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference poster session.
Regional Planetary Image Facility Network exhibit @LPSC2015
The Regional Planetary Image Facility Network will showcase the unique resources and activities availble at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, Texas. March 16 - March 20
46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
The Lunar and Planetary Science Conference brings together international specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, and astronomy to present the latest results of research in planetary science. The five-day conference will be organized by topical symposia and problem-oriented sessions.
35th Anniversary of Cornell University RPIF
Today is the 35th anniversary of the dedication of the Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility (SPIF) at Cornell University. SPIF is the Regional Planetary Image Facility in New York and eastern Great Lakes area.
Dawn Mission Arrives at Ceres
After spending one year orbiting Vesta, Dwan will begin its exploration of Ceres.
Public Lecture & Opening Reception with Xavier Debeerst
On Thursday, February 26, 2015 Xavier Debeerst, one of the world’s experts on astrophotography, telescopes, and astronomical ephemera will give the keynote lecture for the exhibit, Astronomical: Photographs of Our Solar System and Beyond, at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson Arizona. The lecture is open to the public and will begin at 5:30 p. m.
Space Image Center Tour
Astronomy students from the University of Wales toured the Space Imagery Center at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona. Research scientist, Jim Scotti, spoke to the students during the tour.
Explore Workshop: RPIF Tour
Sharing resources with children's librarians participating in the Explore! Marvel Moon training workshop sponsored the LPI Education group. The event will also feature evening telescope viewing with the JSC Astronomical Society.
SkyFest: Our Star, Our Sun
Daytime viewing event at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in partnership with the JSC Astronomical Society. Exploreres of all ages are invited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. February 21, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Mars 3-D Exhibit
The Mars 3D exhibition opened in the „Haus der Presse“, home of the Saxonian newspaper „Sächsische Zeitung“ in Dresden, Germany. The exhibition is open daily from February 7 to March 15, 2015.
Astronomical: Photographs of Our Solar System and Beyond
The Space Imagery Center loaned images to the Center for Creative Photography for their exhibit, Astronomical: Photographs of Our Solar System and Beyond. The Center, located in Tucson, Arizona, is one of the premier photographic museums in the world. The exhibit will run until May 17, 2015
Cosmic Explorations Speakers Series: SETI - REAL vs REEL
Let's talk about what the film, CONTACT, got right and where it made some rather big blunders with Dr. Jill Tarter, SETI. 7:30 pm. Registration is required. Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston
Hawaii Space Lecture Series: Deconvolving the Complex History of the Lunar Crust
The guest speaker will be Dr. Sarah Crites. The free lecture will be held at the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center, Pacific Ocean Science and Technology Building, Room 544, University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. 7:30 PM
Ranger Lunar Charts
The Ranger Lunar Chart series was developed using the imagery returned from the Ranger 7, 8, and 9 missions. This chart collection has been scanned and can be found in the LPI's Lunar Map Catalog (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/mapcatalog/).
Pioneers to Jupiter
The beginning of December marks two anniversaries of NASA's exploration of Jupiter. Join Center for Earth and Planetary Studies geologist Jim Zimbelman to celebrate the 41st anniversary of Pioneer 10, the first spacecraft to visit Jupiter (December 3, 1973) and the 40th anniversary of the Pioneer 11 fly-by of Jupiter (December 2, 1974). This is a two-for-one opportunity to remember the first spacecraft exploration beyond Mars. Wednesday, December 3, 12:00-12:15 pm in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall, National Air and Space Museum
Giant Impacts in the Early Solar System: Clues from Meteorites
Presentation by Dr. Ed Scott. This free lecture will be held at the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, 7:30pm.
PHILAE landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gersimeko
Live streaming of Philae lander during touchdown on Comet 67P/ Churyumov - Gerasimenko
Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: The Core
Join LPI Staff Scientist, Dr. Walter Kiefer, as he examines the fact and fiction of the movie "The Core". This is a free event begins at 7:30 pm at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. Event registration is required.
Hawaii Space Lecture Series: An Overview of the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory
The guest speaker will be Dr. Trevor Sorensen. The free lecture will be held at the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center, Pacific Ocean Science and Technology Building, Room 544, University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. 7:30 PM
SkyFest: Mars and Comet Siding Spring
Night sky viewing for exploreres of all ages. This free event at the Lunar and Planetary Institute will begin at 7:30pm.
Art of Planetary Science
This exhibition will feature works of art inspired by planetary science and the solar system from the art community, alongside works by scientists created from their scientific data. Opening Reception: Friday, October 17, 5:00 - 9:00 pm. Exhibit hours: Saturday and Sunday, October 18-19, 1:00-5:00 pm, Kuiper Space Sciences Building, University of Arizona, Tucson.
LPL Evening Lecture Series: Dr. Walter Harris
THE BIG BOUNDARY - In this talk we'll discuss the characteristics of the solar wind and interstellar plasma, how we believe they interact, and some of the ways we have tried to measure the interaction with spacecraft and from the Earth. University of Arizona, Kuiper Space Sciences, Room 308, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Titan Surface Workshop
The RPIF at Cornell University, SPIF, will demostrate the Magic Planet globe during Titan Surface Workshop poster session for all participants.
USGS / NASA Regional Planetary Information Facility Blastoff
The facility will be opening doors to the public for the first time in a new location. USGS Campus, Flagstaff AZ, noon - 4:00 pm
USGS-Flagstaff Open House: Flagstaff Festival of Science
There will be presentations, interactive displays, and exhibits highlighting the widerange of world class scientific research being conducted in planetary science. USGS Campus, Flagstaff AZ, noon-4:00 pm
Cassini and the Exploration of Icy Worlds
As part of Brown's 250th Anniversary forums, the Northeast Planetary Data Center mounted the exhibition "Cassini and the Exploration of Icy Worlds" on September 27th, 2014. The Center presented new and often surprising results of this extended mission, utilizing its newly acquired "Magic Planet", a digital 3D globe and 3D models of landscapes created by 3D printers. A one-quarter scale model of the Cassini probe, donated by the Providence Museum of Natural History, was also on display and exhibit curators graduate student Noah Hammond and professor and Data Center director Peter Schultz were available to answer questions about the ongoing mission. The exhibit will be up through Brown Commencement in May, 2015.
Cassini and the Exploration of Icy Worlds
As part of Brown University's 250th Anniversary forums and exhibitions, the Northeast Planetary Data Center will be presenting: "Cassini and the Exploration of Icy Worlds". The exhibition will feature a 1/4 scale model of the Cassini spacecraft recently donated to the Center from the Museum of Natural History in Providence. The exhibit will also include digital displays of Saturnian moons on the recently acquired "Magic Planet" and Data Center personnel will be available to answer questions. 10am-4pm, Brown University, Lincoln Field Building, Room 216.
Earth and Space Open House
This Friday, The Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies will be participating in ASU's Earth & Space Open House. This free event offers 3D theater shows, telescope viewing, and many exciting demonstrations and activities in the state-of-the-art ISTB4 Gallery of Scientific Exploration by experts in astrobiology, geology, cosmology, planetary science and more! Click below for more information.
Hawaii Space Lecture Series: Earth-like Exoplanets
Presentation by Dr. Andrew Howard. This free lecture will be held at the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, 7:30pm
Cosmic Explorations Speakers Series: GRAVITY
Join Space Shuttle astronaut and spacewalker Dr. Stanley Love for a gentle but firm decontruction of the most talked-about space film, Gravity, in recent memory, and find out how to draw the line between fact and fantasy. Registration required for this free event at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, 7:30 pm
Women in Aviation and Space
Join us for a family day that celebrates the accomplishments of women in aviation and space exploration. From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program women have been making significant contributions. National Air and Space Museum, 10:00 - 3:00 pm
DLR Seminar - Alfred Worden
Apollo 15 astronaut Alfred Worden will be special guest at DLR on Thursday, September 11, 3:30-5:00 pm
International Observe the Moon Night
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. Look for a site near you.
Skyfest: International Observe the Moon Night
A free event with telescopes for viewing and hands-on activities for explorers of all ages. Held in partnership with the JSC Astronomical Society on September 6, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm.
International Observe the Moon Night: University of Arizona
Join us to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at UA's Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium on September 6th from 5:30 - 9:30. Organized in collaboration with the the Planetary Science Institute as part of a worldwide celebration, this event is free, family-friendly, and will include telescope viewing on the UA Mall in front of Flandrau, and in the Flandrau Observatory.
Science Night at DLR Neustrelitz
The DLR RPIF will participate in an open door event, Science Night. The event will be hosted at the DLR Center Newstrelitz beginning at 5:00 pm.
Night Sky Network: Asteroids, Ion Propulsion, and NASA's Dawn Mission to Vesta
Join Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies Director David Williams on Wednesday, August 27 at 6:00 pm PDT for his "Asteroids, Ion Propulsion, and NASA's Dawn Mission to Vesta" presentation!
Hawaii Space Lecture Series: Planetary Microclimates
Presentation by Norbet Schorghofer, Univeristy of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. This free lecture will be held at the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, 7:30 pm
CopperCon: FANtasm Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
Professor David Williams, Director of ASU's RPIF, will be doing several space science panels at the CopperCon: FANtasm Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, August 22-24, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Avondale, AZ. Panel topics include exploring the solar system, exoplanets, and asteroids.
LPL Evening Lecture Series: Dr. Roger Yelle
A COMET APPROACHES MARS - Comet Siding Spring will pass by Mars on Oct 19, 2014 at a distance of about 84,000 miles. All lectures are free and open to the community. University of Arizona, Kuiper Space Sciences, Room 308, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Discover the Moon Day!
Join us on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, for a variety of fun and educational activities celebrating Earth's Moon.
RPIF Consolidation Almost Complete
The USGS/NASA Astrogeology RPIF is consolidating all of its voluminous collections in one location for the first time in 25 years. The move has been ongoing since November 2013 and the end is in sight. The new facility features a room for researchers with a reference library, a student/volunteer work area, and storage for our collection of 60,000 maps, more than 20,000 photos and slides, and more than 30,000 archival documents. Open House for new facility will be held September 28 in Flagstaff, AZ.
Origins and Transport Mechanisms of Olivine on the Lunar Surface
Free Lecture at the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Everything Lunar: Celebrating the Past, Exploring the Future
Sunday, July 20, marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Join us to celebrate UA contributions to lunar missions and to learn about current research in preparation for the next step in space exploration: sustaining life on the Moon with a lunar greenhouse. This is a free, family event! We'll have activities for children, exhibits about the Moon, and lectures!
Habitable Worlds: Possible Places for Life in the Solar System and Beyond
Seminar for the Brown Summer Studies program presented by planetary science graduate students T. Daly and S. Quintana. Brown University
Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute
This free workshop at the Lunar and Planetary Institute is for future middle school science teachers and the educators that mentor them, and incorporates the Nature of Science through solar system content and activities.
SkyFest: Exploring the Solar System
Night sky viewing event at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in partnership with the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society. Explorers of all ages are invited to this free event.
Long Science Night at DLR
This will be the 14th Science Night with over 70 scientific institution participating. The Regional Planetary Image Facility at DLR in Berlin will be one of the featured facilities. If in Berlin, come for a visit.