The latest Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin, issue 133, is now available.
This issue includes:
Feature article “Chelyabinsk Air Burst: A Dramatic Illustration of a Near-Earth Asteroid Impact”
News From Space
Spotlight on Education
New and Noteworthy
The search engine of the JPL Small-Body Database can be used to generate custom tables of orbital and/or physical parameters for all asteroids and comets (or a specified sub-set) in the database. A tutorial is available to explain how to search and provides examples. For details on a single object, use the Small Body Browser.
The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution has a number of online exhibits to browse and enjoy. Among the featured topics are Apollo to the Moon, Exploring the Planets, Looking at Earth, Milestones of Flight and Space Race.
The LPI has compiled and made available online a number of technical documents that describe exploration strategies, equipment, and geological tools used to explore the lunar surface, plus Apollo landing site descriptions and Apollo mission summaries. This online collection includes the transcript and film of President Kennedy’s “We choose to go to the Moon” speech, Apollo spacecraft specifications, details about the Apollo science experiments, astronaut voice transcripts and more.
Mark your calendar–pending approval, the 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) will be held March 17-21, 2014.
Hurricane season is almost here. The library has several books and videos about the effects of hurricanes on the Gulf Coast and about how to prepare:
Hurricane Ike: A Photographic Account presented by the Houston Chronicle
Ike’s Wake: Southeast Texas Endures Hurricane’s Devastation by the staff of Beaumont Enterprise
Overcoming Ike: Standing by You–Commemorative 6 Month Anniversary DVD by KHOU-TV
Hurricane Rita: Reflections of a Generation Witnessing Disaster edited by Vertna Bradley
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson
Hurricane Preparedness: Before, During, & After by ShowMeHow Videos
Five newly digitized Neil Armstrong transcripts from the HQ Historical Reference Collection are available on the NASA Oral History Collections webpage. These transcripts are of interviews and a press conference dated 1966 to 1979.
NASA ScienceCasts are short, timely videos on fun and unusual topics from NASA’s science missions. Watch them, then post your comments online.
Join the conversation with Dr. Sarah Noble, a program scientist at NASA Headquarters who is also an artist. Sarah studies lunar soil to unravel the mysteries of space weathering, and her passion for the wonders of the solar system has bled over into her artistic life—her paintings convey the joy and wonder of space exploration and the stark beauty of these alien worlds, particularly her favorite—the Moon.
The MyMoon webcast will be held on Tuesday, June 11, at 8 pm EDT.
Video footage of the Scientia Conference on Space Exploration and Human Imagination held April 11-12 at Rice University, containing all presentations, is now available online. The conference examined how our growing understanding of the universe is changing our perceptions of humanity, what the societal and cultural implications are of the expansion of human presence in space, and how the culture of space exploration is changing.