To celebrate MESSENGER’S 10 years of spectacular science, the public is invited to suggest names for five impact craters on Mercury. Submissions will be accepted until January 15, 2015. Find out more online.
An international forum of scientific experts, the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG), has worked to create guidelines ensuring that future explorers of Mars don’t contaminate potential hot spots for Martian life with microbes from back home. The full report about how to safeguard these hot spots, or “special regions,” has been published in the journal Astrobiology.
Courtesy of the European Space Agency, wish your friends and family happy holidays by sending an out-of-this-world e-card.
The winter solstice is approaching. Find out everything you need to know about the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere from EarthSky.
The first HiRISE e-book is now available as a free download from the Apple iBook Store. Exploring Mojave Crater provides information and shows stunning close-up images of an impressive impact crater on Mars, Mojave Crater.
Find out about citizen science projects through NASA Solve. NASA Solve lists current opportunities available to the general public to contribute to solving tough problems related to NASA’s mission through challenges, prize competitions, and crowdsourcing activities. Use the NASA Solve website as your first stop for information and engagement.
NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) wants you to learn about NASA programs through visualization. The SVS works closely with scientists in the creation of visualizations, animations, and images in order to promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space Science research activities at Goddard Space Flight Center and within the NASA research community. All the visualizations created by the SVS (currently totaling over 5,500) are accessible through the website and are free to download.
If in Houston, mark your calendar for the next Houston Spaceport Frontier lecture. Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, will be presenting “The Changing Face of Space Economics” on Wednesday, January 15, 2015, at 7 pm at McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, on the campus of Rice University. This event is free and open to the public.
As a resource for the higher education audience, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific offers a series of slide sets designed to bring recent NASA discoveries to the college-level non-major introductory astronomy classroom. These Astro 101 slide sets compile short, topical presentations on new developments from NASA SMD Astrophysics missions relevant to Astronomy 101 topics, including “Debris Belts Around Vega” and “Black Holes in M38.”