Monthly Archives: December 2013

Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package (ALSEP) Online Archive

There are now 427 documents in the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package (ALSEP) online archive. These documents are related to the development, deployment, and operation of ALSEP experiments on the lunar surface. Relevant documents can be identified using the search utility and user-selected keywords. Within each document, it is possible to use the Find or Search function of your PDF reader to search for keywords of interest. This archive includes daily status reports about the operation of ALSEP on the Moon, but it does not include the scientific data generated by these experiments. Experiment results are available from the National Space Science Data Center.

Traveling Library Exhibits

The Lunar and Planetary Institute is excited to share its science topics with the public through fantastic traveling exhibits.  Designed for libraries, these banners use colorful images and text to share current lunar science and exploration stories. The displays can be used to excite and engage patrons in further exploration through library resources and programs. Tell your local library about these exhibit created for library display.

NASA Earthrise 45th Anniversary


In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth. This video produced by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center re-creates the Apollo 8 Earthrise using Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) data.

Horizons Online

The November/December 2013 issue of Horizons is now available online. Horizons is a bimonthly publication of the Houston Section of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). This issue includes articles about the giant polygons on the Martian surface and a short report from the Golden Spike Workshop held at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in early October.


Holiday Closure

The USRA Houston building will be closed to visitors during the holidays from Wednesday, December 25, 2013 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Normal operating hours will resume on Thursday, January 2, 2014. Happy holidays!