The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series lecture presented by Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff on Thursday, January 31, entitled Dark Energy: A Universe Out of Control is now available online.
EarthSpace is your One-Stop Shop for information and resources for undergraduate education in planetary science and solar and space physics. At EarthSpace you will find the latest news, funding opportunities, and educational research for undergraduate faculty. This clearinghouse is a place where you can submit and find materials for your classroom, including lectures, activities, home work, and other assets.
Fourteen major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions have joined together to form the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) Project. Their goal is to digitize the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections and make it available through a global “biodiversity commons.” There are now over 58,000 titles online including subject areas of geology, mines and mineral resources, and paleontology.
The Lawrence Hall of Science presents 24/7 Science, a collection of interactive science activities to experiment, design, test, and discover amazing things about science and the world around us. Among the activities, you can find out about Jupiter’s moons, take a trip around the Earth, and explore the electromagnetic spectrum. Along with this collection are archived webinars designed to enhance professional development and how-to videos.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute will be closed Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, February 19.
Vote for your favorites names for Pluto’s two moons currently called P4 and P5. The P4/P5 Discovery Team of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, are taking your votes and suggestions at the Pluto Rocks website. This input will be taken into consideration when they propose the names for P4 and P5 to the international astronomical community. Voting ends at noon EST on Monday, February 25th, 2013.
Visit NASA Landsat News online and find out how Landsat is improving everyday life.
The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) builds on a rich legacy of service to society. LDCM, launched successfully on February 11, is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series and will be renamed Landsat 8. This mission will extend the more than 40-year-long Landsat record of Earth’s continental and coastal landscapes. Since the launch of Landsat 1 in 1972, Landsat satellites have become an integral part of many operational land management activities around the world.
The Landsat Application Book, Landsat: Continuing to Improve Everyday Life (PDF, 101 Mb), explores a number of important everyday uses of Landsat that benefit us as a society. The application book was published in February 2013 and an eBook version will be available soon.
Rice University is offering a free public lecture, Gender, Math, and Science, presented by Harvard University Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Spelke. This Martel Distinguished Lecture in Gender and Science will be on Thursday, February 21, at 6 pm in McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall. More information about this event can be found online.
The deadline for registering for the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) at a reduced rate is February 24. Cost, dates, payment information and other details can be found on the LPSC Registration webpage.
Join MyMoon on February 13 for the next webcast as we speak with the folks at Moon Express, a private company that plans to send a series of robotic spacecraft to the Moon for exploration and commercial development. The company’s inaugural mission, MoonEx-1, is in competition for the Google Lunar X PRIZE.