Look Up!

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Calling all educators! Are you looking for ideas to create new and exciting programs for your audiences? The Lunar and Planetary Institute has created a new website called “Look Up!” containing resources, ideas, and tips for educators looking to create programs centered on solar system events. Visit the website for programming ideas and events happening in 2014 (including Comet Siding Spring’s October 19 close encounter with Mars), 2015, and beyond!

DVDs in the Library

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The Lunar and Planetary Institute library has DVDs of all the films that will be discussed during this season’s Cosmic Explorations Speakers Series: Gravity, The Core, Contact, and Europa Report. Check out the movies before attending the lectures.

2015 LPI Summer Intern Program Applications

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The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences in the 2015 LPI Summer Intern Program. Summer interns work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science and participate in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science. Apply now–the deadline is Friday, January 9, 2015.

Send Your Name on NASA’s Journey to Mars

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NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency’s Orion spacecraft launches December 4 on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After a 4.5 hour, two-orbit mission around Earth to test Orion’s systems, the spacecraft will travel back through the atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000 mph and temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

The deadline for receiving a personal “boarding pass” on Orion’s test flight  closes Friday, October 31. The public will have an opportunity to keep submitting names beyond October 31 to be included on future test flights and future NASA missions to Mars.

Submit your name today!

Free Lecture at Rice University

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Join Commercial Spaceflight Federation Media Specialist Kellie Gerardi at Rice University’s McMurty Auditorium in Duncan Hall on October 22 as she presents her talk “Under Construction: Paving the Road to Space Settlement.” The talk begins at 7 pm with a reception at 6:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Earth Science Week 2014 in October

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This year’s Earth Science Week will be held from October 12-18 and will celebrate the theme “Earth’s Connected Systems.” Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. Find out more at the Earth Science Week website.

Free Downloads of LPI Publications

The LPI now has free downloads in ZIP format for most of our products that were released on DVD or CD-ROM. Some of these files can get large, so be aware of that if you are downloading to a phone. Here’s what’s now available: