The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) provides a wide range of astronomical data and products, and serves as the official source of time for the U.S. Department of Defense and a standard of time for the entire United States. USNO products support activities in astrometry, astronomical applications, and Earth orientation. Visit the USNO website for information about their many resources.
This fall Rice University will offer online courses aimed specifically at K-12 science teachers through the online education provider Coursera. For each course completed successfully, participants can earn a certificate for 16 hours of continuing-education credit. Find out more about the new courses, including links for registration, online.
The MAVEN Message-to-Mars haiku contest winners were announced today on the Going to Mars campaign website.
The latest edition of the LPI Earth and Space Science News is available on the LPI website. This edition includes a calendar of special events, a list of workshops and courses, information about grants and funding, mission news and science, and ways to get involved.
The Handbook of Iron Meteorites, a book in three volumes, has been digitized at the University of Hawai‘i as it is still an extraordinarily valuable resource and is no longer in print. Digitization in 2013 was supported by a grant from the NASA Cosmochemistry program.
From the USGS, The Geologic Time Spiral – A Path to the Past. This graphical representation of geologic time is available to download and print on letter-size paper or larger.
First unveiled in 2006, the Mars as Art online exhibit showcases images returned by spacecraft from NASA and European Space Agency selected for their aesthetic rather than scientific value. These are actual images of Mars, taken from orbit and from the surface by spacecraft that have visited there.
The Twenty-Sixth Annual William F. Marlar Lecture will be presented on Wednesday, September 25 at 7 pm at McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, on the campus of Rice University. Dr. Linda J. Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), will be discussing the Cassini mission and science highlights. This event is free and open to the public.
To keep pace with a rapid schedule and increasing demand, the USGS has designed new maps covering Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and made them available online for free download.