Monthly Archives: May 2013

Open-Access Scientific Journal: Elementa

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is an open-access, nonprofit journal, founded by BioOne and five collaborating academic institutions: Dartmouth, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington.

Elementa publishes original research reporting on new knowledge of the Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems; interactions between human and natural systems; and steps that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to global change. The journal is organized into six knowledge domains–atmospheric science, earth and environmental science, ecology, ocean science, sustainable engineering, and sustainability transitions. Elementa is now accepting submissions.

Send Your Name and Haiku to Mars

Submit your name and a message, in the form of a haiku poem, to be sent into Mars orbit on the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. The top three most popular haikus, decided by a public vote, will be sent to Mars onboard the MAVEN spacecraft and will be prominently displayed on the MAVEN website. The deadline is July 1. MAVEN is scheduled to launch this November.

Submit your name and message and see the contest rules online.

Skylab Anniversary

On Monday, May 13, NASA will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launch of Skylab, America’s first space station, with a televised roundtable discussion featuring Skylab astronauts, a current astronaut, and agency managers planning future space missions. The discussion, open to NASA employees and the public, will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT in the James Webb Auditorium of NASA Headquarters at 300 E St. SW in Washington. The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Participants will include:
Owen Garriott, science pilot, Skylab 3
Gerald Carr, commander, Skylab 4
Kevin Ford, commander, International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 34
D. Marshall Porterfield, director, Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division, NASA Headquarters
Jason Crusan, director, Advanced Exploration Systems, NASA Headquarters

See it live on NASA TV.

AIAA Annual Technical Symposium

The American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA) Houston chapter is holding their Annual Technical Symposium on Friday, May 17 at the Gilruth Center, NASA/Johnson Space Center. This all-day conference will cover a variety of topics including space exploration, space commercialization, astrodynamics, robotics, human space policy, and space history.

The cost to attend the conference is $15. Registration is open to all–AIAA membership and JSC badging is not required–and walk-ins are welcome. Find out more at the 2013 Annual Technical Symposium webpage.

Cosmic Explorations Lecture: Black Holes

The Lunar and Planetary Institutes invites all inquisitive adults to attend Black Holes Inside and Out, a presentation by Dr. Andrew Hamilton on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Hamilton is a professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

This presentation is the last of this season’s Cosmic Explorations Speakers Series called “A User’s Guide to the Universe: You Live Here. Here’s What You Need to Know.”