The Lunar and Planetary Institute is conducting professional development sessions at the Harris County Department of Education in Houston, Texas, for elementary and middle school educators. Sessions will be held in December, January and February, and will cover patterns in the sky, Earth’s changing surface, the solar system and seasons, lunar phases and tides, and characteristics of the universe. Advanced registration is required, and spaces are limited.
The November 2013 issue of ESA Bulletin, number 156, is now available online.
The date for the next International Observe the Moon Night has been set! Mark your calendars for September 5, 2014.
Aeronautics, the first “A” of the NASA acronym, has always been a part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, but aeronautics is easily lost in the shadows of NASA’s marquee space programs. The list of accomplishments for NASA’s first “A” is long, and the new book NASA’s First A: Aeronautics from 1958 to 2008 goes a modest way toward sketching these developments. This book is available as a free download.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute including the library will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen with regular hours on Monday, December 2.
The Geologic Map of the North Polar Region of Mars by Kenneth Tanaka and Corey Fortezzo is available online on the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website. A description and informational pamphlet is also available.
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics presents a 14-minute video demonstration of the various apps available on iOS and Google Play for viewing the night sky. These apps can be used as an aid when outside or from inside on a cloudy night. Explore the night sky from your smart phone and tablet.
Miss an LPI Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series presentation? The Speaker Series archive dating back to November 2008 is online, and there you can find videos of many of the lectures.
The complete story of NASA’s AD-1 Oblique Wing Research Aircraft, or “scissors wing” airplane, is told in the new book Thinking Obliquely: Robert T. Jones, the Oblique Wing, NASA’s AD-1 Demonstrator, and its Legacy, one of NASA’s newest additions to its aeronautics book series. This book, written by Bruce I. Larrimer, is available online at no cost as an e-book in a variety of formats. A print version of the book may be purchased from NASA’s Information Center.
How can a “perfectly putrid poster” sabotage your attempt to clearly communicate your scientific research at a conference poster session? The American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist shares what NOT to do when preparing a poster.