Monthly Archives: August 2011

MyMoon Webcast with the NASA Desert RATS

Don’t forget to join MyMoon next week, September 6 at 1 pm Eastern for a special webcast with Dr. Jake Bleacher from NASA Goddard. Jake is currently in the Arizona desert near the Black Point Lava Flow with the NASA Desert RATS conducting integrated mission simulations to evaluate different conditions that will enable multiple destinations for future human exploration including the Moon, near-Earth asteroids (NEAs), Mars moons, and ultimately the surface of Mars. Jake will join us live from the habitat module as he discuss the hardware and protocols the team is testing and will answer questions about the Desert RATS test and objectives.

Join MyMoon for Jake’s webcast at 1pm Eastern on September 6.

Follow the Desert RATS during this year’s field tests through blogs, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube:

Read their weblog
Follow them on Twitter
Flickr photostream
YouTube Channel

Are you a teacher? Do you know a teacher? The Desert RATS education group has created classroom activities for grades 5-12.

The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series

The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series returns September 22, 2011 for the 2011-2012 series. Join LPI as we celebrate NASA’s Year of the Solar System. The Year of the Solar System is a 23-month event celebrating NASA’s exploration of the solar system. The scientific results from robotic missions sent to explore the solar system are changing our perceptions of the solar system, while compelling us to ask new questions.

Join LPI as we partner with the University of Houston-Clear Lake on September 22, 2011 to kick-off the 2011-2012 series – New Missions, New Perspectives, New Questions – with a very special guest speaker. Dava Sobel, author of Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, and The Planets, will explore humanity’s changing relationship with the solar system. Included in her presentation will be a discussion of our transition from a mythological to scientific perspective of the planets and our transition from a geocentric to heliocentric perspective of the solar system.

You can learn more about Dava Sobel at her website.

In anticipation of a large turnout, the University of Houston-Clear Lake has graciously agreed to host Ms. Sobel’s presentation in the theater in the Bayou Building on the UHCL campus. UHCL is located at 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058.

Directions to UHCL
Campus map

Free parking will be available in the Student Parking Lot that evening for those attending the presentation. Because night classes will be in session, the Student Parking Lot will be in use by UHCL students so groups attending the presentation should plan to carpool.

This free presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a light reception and an opportunity to meet Ms. Sobel. Please note that this event is not a book signing. Ms. Sobel will be available to speak with attendees but will not be able to sign books. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the photography exhibit “Celebrating Shuttle: An American Icon” on display at the time of the presentation.

If you have any questions regarding the location of and parking at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, please contact the University Advancement Office at 281-283-2021.

Archive of PSRDpresents Slide Sets

The Archive of PSRD presents Slide Sets could be a useful supplement to textbooks for teaching the latest planetary science. Planetary Science Research Discoveries (PSRD) is an educational site sharing the latest research by NASA-sponsored scientists on meteorites, asteroids, planets, moons, and other materials in our Solar System. The website is supported by the Cosmochemistry Program of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and by Hawai’i Space Grant Consortium and is a vital link for planetary and space sciences, and for learning how science works.
Some slide sets are:
Crystallizing the Lunar Magma Ocean
A Traveling CAI
Timeline of Martian Volcanism
Wet, Carbonaceous Asteroids: Altering Minerals, Changing Amino Acids
Mineral Abundances in Martian Soils
Supernova Confetti in Meteorites
Unraveling the Origin of the Lunar Highlands Crust
New View of Gas and Dust in the Solar Nebula
Damp Moon Rising
Formation of Stony-Iron Meteorites in Early Giant Impacts
A Younger Age for the Oldest Martian Meteorite
Asteroid, Meteor, Meteorite
Dynamics and Chemistry of Planet Construction

Exploring Mars Habitability Conference

The abstract book and conference presentations from the Exploring Mars Habitability Conference held on 13 to 15 June in Lisbon, Portugal are now available. Some of the talks include:

  • The Nakhlite Impact Hydrothemal Cell: Mineralogy, Fluid and Habitability / J.C. Bridges, S.P. Schwenzer
  • Ancient habitability in Early Archaean volcanic and sedimentary rocks: Relevance for habitability in Noachian/Hesperian materials on Mars / F. Westall et al.
  • Evidence for the Long-Term Persistence of Habitable Conditions in the Deep-Subsurface of Mars / S.M. Clifford, M.D. Max