Monthly Archives: December 2012

Books by Patrick Moore

Sir Patrick Moore–astronomer, writer, researcher, and television presenter–died on Sunday, December 9 at the age of 89. The LPI Library has many of his books, including Astronomy for the Beginner (1992), The Data Book of Astronomy (2000), Venus (2002), Atlas of the Universe (2003), Moore on Mercury: The Planet and the Mission (2007) and Bang! The Complete History of the Universe (2007) written with Brian May and Chris Lintott. Several of Moore’s books are currently on display in the library. A complete list of his works at the LPI Library is available at the catalog.

Planetary Science Research Discoveries

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.

The current headline article is Zinc Isotopes Provide Clues to Volatile Loss During Moon Formation written by G. Jeffrey Taylor.

WISH: Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

The application deadline for NASA’s Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars (WISH) project has been extended to January 3, 2013.

The WISH project offers one-of-a-kind experience for female high school students to explore the possibilities of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related major or career. Find out more at the WISH website.

Holiday Schedule

The Lunar and Planetary Institute will be closed from December 25 through January 1 for the holidays. Please note that the building will be open on Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) but closed on Monday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve). We will resume regular hours on January 2.

The building will be locked during this holiday closure, but there may be staff working. If you wish to use the library during this time, please make prior arrangements or call 281-486-2182 to ensure that someone will be available to let you enter. Happy holidays!

MyMoon Webcast with Blaze Sanders

Join the MyMoon webcast on Thursday, December 13 at 8 pm ET for a discussion with Blaze Sanders about space commercialization. He will discuss the unique technical aspects of building a lunar robot, the commercial need his JURBAN team is trying to fulfill, and some of the political concerns relating to the Google LunarX competition.

Blaze Sanders is the Technical Program Manager for the Google LunarX Team JURBAN, is an electrical engineer at NASA Marshall Space Center, and is CEO/CTO of Solar System Express (Sol-X).