Monthly Archives: December 2012

Next MyMoon Webcast

Join the next MyMoon webcast on Wednesday, January 9 at 8 pm ET for a discussion with Dr. Michelle Kirchoff of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Kirchoff will be discussing her primary interest—lunar craters and where they are found. These craters are created by asteroids and meteors hitting the surface on the Moon over time, and little is known about the bombardment history of the Moon after the Late Heavy Bombardment (~ 3.8 billion years ago) until today—the Moon’s “Middle Ages.”

Mars Rover Celebration

Volunteers are needed for the 11th Anniversary Mars Rover Celebration taking place on the University of Houston central campus on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Be a judge, tour guide, or member of the logistics and operations team.
To prepare for the Mars Rover Celebration, primary (grades 3-5) and middle school (grades 6-8) students interested in science and engineering participate in the design and construction of a model rover to carry out a specific science mission on Mars. The model is a mock-up constructed at a minimal cost, comprised of found objects and simple art supplies. Student teams build the models as part of a six-week classroom or homework project conducted during the fall of 2012. Teams conduct basic research on Mars to determine the operational objectives and structural features of their rover. For 2013, over 800 students organized into 240 teams are expected to participate.
Find out more about the event and how to get involved online.

Subscribe to the Planetary Exploration Newsletter

The Planetary Exploration Newsletter (PEN) provides an open conduit of news and announcements across the professional community of planetary science and related disciplines. It distributes messages from NASA officials, meeting announcements, job announcements, and submissions of news regarding or impacting solar system exploration, upcoming mission events, policy issues, and editorials. The PEN is distributed nominally once a week, although there are times when volume or events will require more frequent PEN distributions. The PEN website also hosts an extensive and up to date calendar for planetary meetings, conferences and workshops around the world. Subscribe today.

UH-Clear Lake Physics and Space Science Seminar Series

The University of Houston-Clear Lake has announced its Physics and Space Science Spring 2013 Seminar Series. Several LPI scientists will be speakers during this series, including Dr. Stephen Clifford, Dr. Paul Spudis, and Dr. Georgiana Kramer. All talks take place on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm in room 1218 in the Bayou Building.

University credit is available for this series at a cost of $15 per individual seminar, $40 for any three seminars, or $99 for the entire series. Those not pursuing univesity credit are welcome to attend at no charge. Contact the UH-Clear Lake Center for Educational Programs at 281-283-3530 for more information.

Keep Up With What’s Going On

There are lots of ways to keep up with what’s going on:

Lunar and Planetary Institute Facebook Page
Universities Space Research Association Facebook Page
MyMoon Facebook Page

Lunar and Planetary Institute Library Twitter Page
LPI Meetings Twitter Page
Universities Research Association Twitter Page
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Lunar and Planetary Institute Meetings RSS Feed
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USRA News RSS Feed
MyMoon Blog

Revised Holiday Schedule

LPI has announced a revised holiday schedule. The USRA Houston building will be closed to visitors during the holidays from Monday, December 24, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Please note that the building will NOT be open on December 24 as previously announced.

Cosmic Explorations Speakers Series Continues

The Lunar and Planetary Institutes invites all inquisitive adults to attend Dark Energy: A Universe Out of Control, a presentation by Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 7:30pm. Dr. Suntzeff is an observational astronomer and professor at Texas A&M University.

This presentation is the second of the 2012-2013 Cosmic Explorations Speakers Series. The series is called “A User’s Guide to the Universe: You Live Here. Here’s What You Need to Know” and focuses on topics of current research in astronomy including the formation of the Universe, dark energy, galactic evolution, and black holes.