Monthly Archives: December 2011

Family Space Days – Changes for 2012

In order to better serve families and reach out to our community, the LPI is changing things up! We will offer two new programs in 2012! While we have enjoyed sharing Earth and space science with you through the Family Space Days program for the past eight years, our Family Space Days Saturday events at LPI will no longer be offered. We hope you will join us in our new endeavors:

Programs at Local Libraries

Children ages 5 to 8 and their families will be invited to join us at partnering libraries for hands-on science activities. Beginning in spring 2012, check your local library listings to find the program nearest you. The events will be designed to help parents effectively engage and interact with their children in science during the event and in continued explorations at home. Our goals for this new effort include generating strong partnerships with local libraries, reaching new communities, and providing avenues for families to continue their explorations of science beyond our events. This program is in development, and further details will be available in the future.

Family-friendly Night-sky Viewing Events

LPI, with its partner, the JSC Astronomical Society, will continue to offer night-sky viewing events – open to explorers of all ages – at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. Night-sky viewing events will be offered about four times a year. We will continue to have hands-on activities in addition to viewing through telescopes, weather permitting.

Holiday Schedule

The LPI will be closed beginning December 26 and will reopen again January 3, 2012. The building will be locked between December 26 and January 2, but there may be staff working. If you wish to use the library during that time, make prior arrangements or call 281-486-2182 to ensure that someone will be available to let you enter. Happy Holidays!

From the Moon: Mapping & Exploration Exhibit

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston in Charleston, North Carolina, is currently presenting the exhibit From the Moon: Mapping & Exploration.

This exhibit addresses our visual perceptions of the Moon, from Earth and from space, and demonstrates how advances in optical technologies have increased our understanding over time.

Several artifacts on loan from the Lunar and Planetary Institute Library are on display in this exhibit. The exhibit runs through March 3, 2012.