Planet Four: Terrains

pia19823-16Science-team members for NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are soliciting help from the public to analyze exotic features near the south pole of Mars. By categorizing features visible in images from the orbiter’s Context Camera, volunteers are using their own computers to help the team identify specific areas for even more detailed examination with the orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera. HiRISE can reveal more detail than any other camera ever put into orbit around Mars. Information about how to participate is at the “Planet Four: Terrains” website.

USRA Scholarship Awards Deadline is July 31

USRA-Logo-RGBThe USRA Scholarship Awards provide college scholarship awards to students who have shown a career interest in science or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education. Up to four scholarship awards are presented to undergraduate students each fall. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited college or university that offers courses leading to a degree in science or engineering, and applicants must be within two years of earning a BS degree in a field of science or engineering, including life science and science education, by the time the award is received. Apply online – the deadline is July 31.



The Goddard Space Flight Center’s Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) brings you Dial-a-Moon, an animation that shows the geocentric phase, libration, position angle of the axis, and apparent diameter of the Moon throughout the year 2015, at hourly intervals. Plug in a month, day and UT hour and find out what the Moon looked like or will look like.

Space, Earth Science and Technology Exhibitions for Public Libraries


The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance, invites public libraries to apply to host one of three science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions. The exhibitions — which are ideal for small libraries, requiring only 200 square feet of display space — are designed to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities for all ages. Apply to host a space, earth science or technology exhibition at your public library. Guidelines and an application can be found online.

Views of Pluto Through the Years


An animation has been created that shows the many observations of Pluto over the course of several decades, including a digital zoom-in on Pluto as it appeared upon its discovery by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 (image courtesy Lowell Observatory Archives), various views of Pluto as seen by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope beginning in the 1990s, and NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. The final sequence zooms in to a close-up frame of Pluto released yesterday.