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