NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD) is planning to host a community workshop at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC on February 27–28 and March 1, 2017. This workshop is meant to provide PSD with a very long-range vision of what planetary science may look like in the future. The workshop is to gather the leading experts in Solar System planetary science and related disciplines, together with experts in space technologies, to identify potential science goals and enabling technologies that can be implemented by the end of the 2040s and would support the next phase of Solar System exploration. Receive e-mail notifications regarding this meeting by submitting an Indication of Interest online.
To a scientist, “crust” is the outermost layer of a planet, but the public may think of “crust” as the edge of a pizza. The American Geophysical Union discusses how to avoid jargon when communicating science and offers a handy reference called “Watch Your Words: Science Vocabulary with Dual Meanings.”
Do you enjoy beautiful astronomical images? Take a look at the Astronomy Picture of the Day website. Each day a different image is featured with an informative caption.
The latest issue of News & Notes from the NASA History Office is online. It features an article about the 40th anniversary of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM).
The next Rice Space Institute Spaceport Frontiers Lecture will feature Chirag Parikh, Director of the Office of Source Strategies, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The lecture, “Blurred Lines: The Eroding Boundaries between Civil, Commercial and Security Space,” will take place on Thursday, October 20, at 7:15 pm in McMurty Auditorium, Duncan Hall, on the campus of Rice University with a reception immediately preceding.
This week and next we are hosting students and their instructors from Lund University in Sweden and the Design School Kolding in Denmark. During their visit they will work on design projects, hear talks by space industry professionals, and use LPI library resources.
The American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog features “The Value of Wikipedia in Science.”
Take a look at the maps and imagery we have online. You’ll find the Consolidated Lunar Atlas, the Venus map catalog, maps of icy moons, and more.
On Wednesday several librarians from the Neumann Library at the University of Houston-Clear Lake visited the LPI for a tour of the library.
The LPI is now accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science. Undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit are invited to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. The deadline to apply is January 6, 2017.