The 2015-2016 Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series season has been announced. Join us beginning in September for five fascinating lectures throughout the series “Exploring the Solar System, Today and Tomorrow.”
Working with the Media Part 3–The American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog completes its series answering scientists’ frequently-asked questions about working with the media. How can scientists avoid common missteps and pitfalls? What is the best way to discuss controversial subjects?
What’s that space rock? This infographic provides a classification of small bodies and stellar objects.
A new NASA supercomputer simulation shows how an exoplanet makes waves. The simulation of the planet and debris disk around the nearby star Beta Pictoris reveals that the planet’s motion drives spiral waves throughout the disk, a phenomenon that greatly increases collisions among the orbiting debris. Patterns in the collisions and the resulting dust appear to account for many observed features that previous research has been unable to fully explain.
A poster of Hawaiian volcanoes and two posters of volcanoes of Hawaii and the planets are available for downloading from the Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center at the University of Hawaii. These posters illustrate the role Hawaiian volcanoes have in our scientific understanding of planetary volcanology.
The new issue of the Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin is now available online. The cover story is “From Mercury to Pluto: Planetary Exploration at APL.”
The New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto and its moons July 13/14, 2015, capturing the first ever close-up images of the Pluto system. The first close-up image of Pluto will be released on July 15. What will the world think the first time we see this image? What will you think? We want to know. Simply tweet the first thought(s) that comes to your mind when you see this first, historic image of Pluto. Won’t see the images until after July 15? No problem! Tweet your thoughts the first time you do see the image, whether it’s July 15 or August 15. When you do tweet your first thought(s), use the hashtag #PlutoRXN. Watch the Twitterfall on the page and read what others are thinking. Be a part of history and let your thoughts on this exciting event be known for generations to come!
This infographic from the European Space Agency summarizes evidence for active volcanoes on Venus, including atmospheric changes, young lava, and transient hot spots.
Check out the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Science Center online. There you will find science results, news and updates, images, and more. NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, manages SOFIA’s science and mission operations in cooperation with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI, University of Stuttgart).