Monthly Archives: January 2013

Earth and Mars as Art

The USGS Earth as Art exhibit provides fresh and inspiring glimpses of different parts of our planet’s complex surface. These images come from sensors aboard satellites orbiting the Earth, including Landsat, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).

The Mars as Art exhibit showcases images selected for their aesthetic rather than for their scientific value. These are actual images of Mars taken from orbit and from the surface by spacecraft that have visited there.

NASA Open Data Project

The Open Data Project is part of the NASA Open Government Initiative and is intended to improve access to NASA data. This data catalog is a continually-growing listing of publicly available NASA datasets. These datasets have been grouped into nine broad categories: aeronautics, earth science, space science, life science, climate, engineering, operations, institutional, and external NASA catalogs.

The Lunar Sample Atlas has been added to the Open Data Project catalog. The Lunar Sample Atlas provides pictures of the Apollo samples taken in the Lunar Sample Laboratory, full-color views of the samples in microscopic thin-sections, cutting views and diagrams that illustrate how the samples were subdivided for scientific analyses, and in situ views of the samples on the lunar surface. The atlas contains information about the type of sample (e.g., rock, soil), the lithology (e.g., basalt, norite), and a description of the sample.

LPSC Deadlines

The 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference has a couple of important deadlines approaching:

January 18, 2013 – Deadline to submit requests for peripheral meeting space
January 25, 2013 – Deadline to register for the exhibitor showcase

The conference program and abstracts will be available online on January 31, 2013. The conference will be held March 18-22, 2013 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Planet Hunters

Planet Hunters is a citizen science project. Participants help sieve through data taken by the NASA Kepler space mission with the goal of discovering planets, hence the name “Planet Hunters.” Planet Hunter participants may be better than computers at recognizing data patterns that indicate the presence of planets.

All the details, including a planet hunting tutorial, can be found on the Planet Hunters website.

NASA Spinoff

A NASA spinoff is a technology, originally developed to meet NASA mission needs, that has been transferred to the public and now provides benefits for the Nation and world as a commercial product or service. NASA spinoffs enhance many aspects of daily life, including health and medicine, transportation, public safety, consumer goods, energy and environment, information technology, and industrial productivity. These spinoffs are transferred to the public through various NASA partnerships including licensing, funding agreements, assistance from NASA experts, the use of NASA facilities, and other collaborations between the Agency, private industry, other government agencies, and academia. As of 2012, NASA has documented nearly 1,800 spinoff technologies in the annual NASA Spinoff publication.

View the latest issue, NASA Spinoff 2011, online or request a free copy.