Monthly Archives: July 2011

Reprinting NASA Publications

NASA is looking for partners to publish their out-of-print materials. NASA recognizes the power of strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships to improve efficiency and maximize its outreach to the public concerning NASA’s programs. To this end, NASA seeks unfunded partnerships with organizations to help promote awareness of NASA’s history. The purpose of this Announcement is to determine interest by non-government entities in reprinting NASA historical publications that were originally published by the Government Printing Office. NASA would benefit by having valuable historical publications available to the public, which will increase general awareness in the U.S. and abroad of NASA historical programs and activities; and respondents could benefit from enlarging their portfolio of aerospace publications and increasing sales worldwide. A complete listing of NASA History Series titles, as well as related historical publications not formally in the NASA History Series, is available online.

Additions to Flicker

Ten new NASA press release images are available on our Flicker site. They are:

  • Updrafts of Large Ammonia Crystals in Saturn Storm
  • Springtime at Marsʼ South Pole
  • Hematite in Capri Chasma
  • Harris Crater Delta
  • Daedalia Planum Lava Flows
  • Wallow Fire, Arizona
  • Tornado Track near Sturbridge, Massachusetts
  • Fractured Impact Melt
  • Granular Flow
  • Another Look at Atget

Discover Earth: A Century of Change

Application deadline: September 2, 2011

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning at Space Science Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project, announces a new traveling exhibition opportunity for public libraries. Ten public libraries will be selected to host an interactive exhibition called Discover Earth: A Century of Change.

Discover Earth will tour from January 2012 to December 2013, visiting each of the ten selected sites for a period of eight weeks. The exhibition requires approximately 500-750 square feet of space for optimal display. Each site will be awarded a grant of $1,000 to support public programs related to the exhibition.

The Discover Earth exhibition will focus on local earth science topics—such as weather, water cycle, and ecosystem changes—as well as a global view of our changing planet. The primary message of the exhibition is that the global environment changes – and is changed by – the local environment of all exhibition-hosts’ communities. Interactive, multimedia displays will allow exhibit visitors to interact with digital information in a dynamic way, encouraging new perspectives on our planet.

Discover Earth is made possible through the support of the National Science Foundation. The exhibition and its educational support materials and outreach opportunities are part of the STAR (Science-Technology Activities and Resources) Library Education Network (STAR_Net), a hands-on learning program for libraries and their communities.

Apply online
Site Support Notebook (coming soon)
Community of Practice (CoP)
Grant guidelines (PDF)

Seen on the ALA site

Historical Topographic Quadrangle Maps Released

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) announces initial availability of historical topographic quadrangle maps of the United States.

The USGS Historical Quadrangle Scanning Project  (HQSP) is in the process of releasing all editions and all scales of more than 200,000 historic topographic maps of the United States dating from 1884-2006. For more than 130 years, the USGS topographic mapping program has accurately portrayed the complex geography of our Nation. The historical topographic map collection contains all editions and all scales of USGS topographic quadrangles. Files are high resolution (600 DPI) scanned images of all maps from the USGS legacy collection. The historical topographic map collection includes all States and U.S. territories mapped by the USGS. The HQSP creates a master catalogue and digital archive for all topographic maps and provides easy access to the public to download this historical data to accompany topographic maps that are no longer available for distribution as lithographic prints.

Historical maps are available to the public at no cost in GeoPDF format from the USGS Store. These maps are georeferenced and can be used in conjunction with the new USGS digital topographic map, the US Topo. Future plans include providing the historical maps in GeoPDF andGeoTIFF formats through The National Map in the fall of 2011. The GeoTIFFs can be imported into a Geographic Information System and overlain with other data sources.

A video of the HQSP presentation given at The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) in May is now available online.

NASA Dawn Spacecraft Returns Close-Up Image of Asteroid Vesta


NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned the first close-up image after beginning its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta. On Friday, July 15, Dawn became the first probe to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

The image taken for navigation purposes shows Vesta in greater detail than ever before. When Vesta captured Dawn into its orbit, there were approximately 9,900 miles (16,000 kilometers) between the spacecraft and asteroid. Engineers estimate the orbit capture took place at 10 p.m. PDT Friday, July 15 (1 a.m. EDT Saturday, July 16).

Selenology Today

Issue 24 of Selenology Today is available online. Articles in this issue include:
Geologic Lunar Research (GLR) Investigation: A Plausible Explanation for Transient Lunar Phenomenon. Red Glow in Aristarchus
Detection of Three Meteoroidal Impacts on the Moon
A Cratering Field Trip in Mare Nectaris

LPI Earth and Space Science News

The LPI Earth and Space Science News is available on our website, and also through a regularly updated RSS feed. This newsletter highlights Earth and space science education workshops, grants, competitions, events, resources, and news.

Included in this issue:
Link to the Year of the Solar System, a national astronomy education conference, the launch of a mission to study Earth’s oceans and another to orbit Jupiter, and the arrival of a spacecraft at an asteroid, in Calendar
Learn about a free AAAS climate workshop, a Desert RATS Webinar, and online Seminars on Science at Workshops and Courses
Find out about a North Atlantic spring bloom webinar, Vesta Fiesta, and the ASP national conference in Events
Become a NASA Endeavor Fellow or a NASA Earth Ambassador, or participate in a new citizen science project to find new icy bodies or in an astronomy research program for teachers in Get Involved
Connect to lessons about the Earth’s surface, the interactive online California Geotour, a new Mars website, an article to address rumors and fears about Comet Elenin, a podcast about this spring’s tornados, a new NASA website for kids, and the Earth Science Week Tookits in Resources
Read about a paradigm-shattering quasar, magnetic bubbles at the edge of our Solar System, changes to our solar cycle, new observations of black holes in the early universe, the salty ocean on Enceladus, how galaxies grew in the early universe, and the relationship between recent wild weather and La Niña in Mission News and Science