Monthly Archives: May 2012

High School Lunar Research Projects

The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA’s Johnson Space Center is looking for teams of highly motivated and dedicated high school students and their teachers to participate in a two-semester lunar research program for the 2012–2013 academic year. Under the mentorship of a lunar scientist, students work alongside their teachers as they undertake a national standards-based research project that engages them in the process of science and supports the science goals of the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI). At the end of the program, students present their research results to a panel of lunar scientists, competing with other teams for a chance to present their work at the NLSI Forum held in July 2013.

Two informational telecons will be held for teachers who would like more information about the program: June 7, 2012 from 5 – 6pm Central Time and June 11, 2012 from 5 – 6pm Central Time. The application for the 2012–2013 program will be available online beginning June 11, 2012.

For more information, including information on connecting to the informational telecons, please contact Andy Shaner at 281-486-2163 or

Annual Reviews on Your Smartphone


  • Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Science
  • Annual Reviews of Fluid Mechanics

Users can now browse, search, and read full-text content anytime, anywhere on the Annual Reviews mobile site. Visit from a mobile device to:

  • Browse journals and articles
  • Search journals by keyword, author or title
  • View abstracts
  • Read full-text articles
  • Read forthcoming articles
  • View and search references and related links
  • Download articles to your mobile device for offline reading
  • Share articles and links via Social Networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Select journals and articles as favorites
  • Accessing Full-Text Articles Via Mobile Pairing

To access full-text articles from journals that have been licensed by the LPI Library, simply visit from your mobile device while on an authenticated institutional wi-fi network. Your mobile device will be automatically paired with the LPI’s access rights. The pairing will then enable you to access content while offsite; it lasts six months, and will be refreshed each time you access the Annual Reviews website while within the LPI’s network.

Webcast with Artist Brent Bishop

Join the MyMoon webcast on May 10 at 8 pm ET for a lively discussion with artist Brent Bishop about lunar art. Brent is a painter who was influenced by the astronomy department at the University of Colorado Boulder as an undergraduate, helping him win first place in a NASA art competition on Life and Work on the Moon. Join us and hear him talk about his work.

Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin Issue 128/129 Now Available

The latest Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin, double issue 128/129, is now available.

Features in this issue include:
Feature article “What a Long, Strange Trip: 50 Years of Planetary Exploration” by Andrew Chaikin

News From Space

MESSENGER Provides New Look at Mercury’s Landscape, Metallic Core, and Polar Shadows
A Magnetic Surprise for Venus Express
GRAIL Videos for Moon’s Farside Excite Students
NASA Spacecraft Reveals Recent Geological Activity on the Moon
NASA Planning Group Takes Key Steps for Future Mars Exploration
New Views Show Old NASA Mars Landers
Durable NASA Rover Beginning Ninth Year of Mars Work
Camera on NASA Mars Odyssey Tops Decade of Discovery
“Mountain Sharp” on Mars Links Geology’s Past and Future
Cassini Detects Hint of Fresh Air at Dione
Dawn Obtains First Low-Altitude Images of Vesta
Vesta Likely Cold and Dark Enough for Ice
Kepler Mission Finds Three Smallest Exoplanets
Organics Probably Formed Easily in Early Solar System
Hubble’s 22nd Anniversary Image Shows Turbulent Star-Making Region

Meeting Highlights

43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

Spotlight on Education

Continuing the Year of the Solar System (YSS)
Sun-Earth Day
Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops
Communicating Science, a National Conference on Science Education and Public Outreach
Announcing New EarthSpace Website
Sudbury Field Camp

In Memoriam

James R. Arnold
Susan Niebur
Anthony “Tony” Calio


Grunsfeld to Head NASA Science Directorate
Figueroa Named as Chair of New Mars Program Planning Group
NASA Announces Senior Leadership Changes
Columbia University Names Solomon as Director of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Grinspoon Selected as First Astrobiology Chair
LPI Announces Career Development Award Winners
McSween Receives Lawrence Smith Medal
Hawking Accepts Prestigious NSS Award
Kouveliotou Receives 2012 Dannie Heineman Prize in Astrophysics
Gerstenmaier Receives AIAA Von Karman Award
NASA Announces Student Winners in Space Game Design Challenge
NASA Announces 2012 Carl Sagan Fellows
NASA Selects Next Class of Student Ambassadors
Community College Scholars Selected to Design Rovers
Montana Students Pick Winning Names for Moon Craft
Educators Selected to Fly on SOFIA Airborne Observatory
Cassini Mission Receives Air and Space Museum Award
Kepler Mission Wins Aviation Week Award
NASA Ames Honored for 2011 NASA Government Invention of the Year
NASA’s Twitter Account Receives Shorty Award
NASA Announces Aeronautics Research Institute
“We Are the Explorers” Video Showcases Legacy of Exploration, Future NASA Missions
The Epic Struggle Between Birds and Pigs Moves to Space with a NASA Science Twist
NASA Releases First Multi-Player Facebook Game

New and Noteworthy

New products of interest to the community


Upcoming scientific conferences and workshops

Final Cosmic Explorations Lecture for the 2011-2012 Season

The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series wraps up its 2011-2012 season on Thursday, June 7, with a presentation by Dr. Steve Clifford of the Lunar and Planetary Institute. His talk is entitled “Mars: Discoveries and Insights from 50 Years of Robotic Exploration.”

You can learn more about Dr. Clifford at his LPI page.

This free presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and will be followed by a light reception and an opportunity to meet and chat with Dr. Clifford.

View the Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus

Free Event on Tuesday, June 5 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

View the transit of Venus through telescopes at the free Sky Fest event at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. Discover Venus and the Sun through hands-on activies. Explorers of all ages are invited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.