Events and News

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

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

USGS / NASA Regional Planeary 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 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.

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: 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.

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
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.

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 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.