New Book on Biomedicine

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The Lunar and Planetary Institute library just added the new book Effect of Spaceflight and Spaceflight Analogue Culture on Human and Microbial Cells: Novel Insights into Disease Mechanisms, published by Springer, to the collection. This book offers a new perspective on the architecture and physiology of all biological systems, explores fundamental questions about human health in a microgravity environment, and addresses a subject that has not been covered comprehensively in any published volume. Dr. Neil Pellis, Division of Space Life Sciences of the Universities Space Research Association, is one of the editors.

Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms Added to Collection

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The Lunar and Planetary Institute library just added the new Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms, published by Springer, to the collection. This three-volume set includes original photographic and topographical thematic maps, presents the many different types of planetary surface features and how they evolved, and covers all solar system planetary bodies and moons in an alphabetical approach. A number of LPI scientists contributed to this important reference work.

SkyFest August 6

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The Lunar and Planetary Institute, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, presents SkyFest on August 6 from 1 – 3 pm at the LPI. The topic is the Juno mission to Jupiter. This free event is open to explorers of all ages and includes hands-on activities as well as viewing through telescopes (weather permitting).

A Trip to Pluto

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Made from more than 100 New Horizons images taken over six weeks of approach and close flyby, a new video produced by New Horizons scientists offers a “trip” to Pluto. It starts with a distant spacecraft’s view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon – closing the distance day by day – with a dramatic “landing” on the shoreline of Pluto’s informally named Sputnik Planum.