The Lunar and Planetary Institute will be closed Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents Day. We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, February 21.
Librarians, camp programmers, and other out-of-school time facilitators are invited to join STAR_Net and the Lunar and Planetary Institute on March 1 for two free professional development webinars on “Playful Building” activities — Simple Machines and Design Challenges. Register online.
If in Houston, consider attending the next Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture on Thursday, February 23 at Herring Hall on the campus of Rice University. Rick Tumlinson, founder of the New Worlds Institute, will present “Gods & Rockets: The Who? What? and Why? of the Space Revolution.” A reception will be held at 6:30 pm followed by the lecture at 7:00 pm. This free event is open to the public.
A recent post on the American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog discusses the benefits of promoting scientific research through social media and other online platforms.
To celebrate the many ways Cassini’s exploration of Saturn has sparked curiosity and wonder, the mission is launching a campaign that will continue through its conclusion in September. The activity, called “Cassini Inspires,” invites members of the public to share their original Saturn-inspired artistic creations in a variety of different media (including painting, music, poetry, fiction, video or any format that can be shared online). To participate, artists can post their creations on the social media platform of their choice, and tag them #CassiniInspires. How has Cassini inspired you?
Books featuring the incredible photography of the Apollo missions are currently on display in the library, including a new addition to our collection, Apollo VII-XVII. It features 225 Apollo photographs in large print format that the astronauts shot during the program. Check them out the next time you are in the library.
Christine Shupla, Education Lead at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, recently contributed “Sharing Sky Stories – Sun, Moon, and Stars” to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) blog. She discusses storytelling resources and ideas focusing on stories of the sun, moon, and stars from around the world.
There are a number of education and engagement events taking place at this year’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Participate in the education and engagement poster sessions, be a mentor or presenter for student and educator workshops, and attend special education sessions, including the first ever LPSC Planetary Science Palooza!
Find out all about the total solar eclipse happening this August at NASA’s Total Eclipse website. There is a preview video, eclipse science, free downloadables, list of events, and more.
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI), the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and Education Development Center, invites public libraries nationwide to apply to become a NASA@ My Library Partner and join the NASA@ My Library project. Public libraries are invited to work with NASA@ My Library project organizations, NASA, and state library agencies to increase and enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning opportunities for millions of library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations that are currently underserved in STEM education. The application deadline is March 22. Get all the details online.