The Lunar and Planetary Institute will be closed Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents’ Day. We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, February 16.
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The Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal (LMMP) is a convenient location for lunar visualization data, including the most recent lunar surface imagery, altimetry, spectral reflectance, temperature, and lighting provided by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LPO) spacecraft. The portal also includes data from past lunar missions including Apollo, Lunar Orbiter, Lunar Prospector, Clementine, and Chandrayaan-1. The portal features an easy-to-use browsing tool and feature search.
Mars Trek is a free, web-based application that provides high-quality, detailed visualizations of Mars using real data from 50 years of NASA exploration. The application allows astronomers, citizen scientists, and students to study the Red Planet’s features. It features an easy-to-use browsing tool which provides layering and viewing of high-resolution Mars data products in 2D and globe view, allowing users to fly over the surface of Mars. It also has tools for 3D printing, elevation profiles, sun angle calculations Sun and Earth positions, and more.
Asteroid Day 2016 is scheduled for June 30. Co-founded in 2015 by Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist for the rock band Queen, Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and German filmmaker Grig Richters, Asteroid Day is an annual event designed to increase public awareness of potential asteroid impacts on Earth. A press conference for the event will take place on February 9.
The Lunar and Planetary Science Conference program and abstracts are scheduled to be available online at the conference website on Friday, February 5.
Take a look at What’s Up for February 2016. Five planets will be visible in the early morning sky until February 20. Plus, learn what other celestial objects will be visible this month.
The Rice Space Institute presents Laurie Leshin, President of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Jon Morse, CEO of the BoldlyGo Institute, on Thursday, February 18, at 7 pm at the McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, on the campus of Rice University. They will discuss “Advancing the Frontiers of Space Science.” This event is free and open to the public.