The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory is celebrating its and has planned a full year of activities around the state to commemorate the occasion. Events will run through August 2014 and include a speakers series featuring McDonald Observatory astronomers in multiple cities, an Open House at the Observatory, and more. Join in the celebration!
The Planetary Habitability Laboratory (PHL), managed by the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, is a research and education virtual laboratory dedicated to studies of the habitability of Earth, the Solar System, and exoplanets. Their online library has scientific and educational resources, and there are data and software tools related to planetary science and astrobiology of interest to scientists, students, and the general public.
Need an earth science image? The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has specialized photograph collections online. All images produced or published by the USGS are in the public domain and can be freely used without permission.
Want to tour the Moon? There’s an app for that. Moon Tours is a free app from NASA that makes it easy to conduct detailed explorations of the lunar surface using a mobile device. It’s the mobile version of the NASA’s Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal, the repository for over 600+ geospatial lunar data products and imagery from historical and current lunar missions.
Students in grades 5 – 12 have an opportunity to be a Scientist for a Day by describing in an essay which Cassini research target–Saturn, Iapetus or Dione–is best. Essays no more than 500 words in length should explain which target would yield the best scientific results. The deadline for the U.S. contest is Friday, October 25, 2013. Other participating countries may have different deadlines.
One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) is a NASA-wide system for the recruitment, application, selection and career development of undergraduate and graduate students primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Eligible students can access a portfolio of NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities through a single portal and a single application.
The Rice Space Institute presents a lecture by Dr. Linda Spilker on Wednesday, September 25 at 7 pm on the campus of Rice University. Dr. Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be discussing the Cassini mission and science highlights. This event is free and open to the public.
See the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute weekly colloquium presentations online. Along with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, topics include observational and theoretical astronomy, astrobiology, the outer planets, and earth sciences.
The MESSENGER mission team has been posting featured images of Mercury at regular intervals since the first posting in August 2005. They have now hit 1000 featured images. Search for MESSENGER imagery and data online.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series lecture “Solar Storm: Space Weather’s Impacts on Society and the Economy” on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado will be discussing the socioeconomic impact of severe space weather. This free lecture will be presented at the Lunar and Planetary Institute.