Monthly Archives: May 2014

Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication


The new book in the NASA History Series, Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication edited by Douglas Vakoch, is available to read online. The contributors to this collection raise questions that may have been overlooked by physical scientists about the ease of establishing meaningful communication with an extraterrestrial intelligence. The free download is available online in a variety of formats.

Hurricane Resources

Hurricane season begins on June 1. 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
  • In 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

These books and DVDs are currently on display in the library.

Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest Winners


The Cassini Scientist for a Day 2014 essay contest winners have been announced. Participants examined three possible observations taken by Cassini and were tasked to choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. Their choice had to be supported in  a 500-word essay. Winning essays have been posted online. Find out what these students think about the future of the exploration of Saturn.

Meteor Crater Field Camp

Applications are being accepted now through July 11 for the Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater camp, a week long field class and research project based at Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona (also know as Meteor Crater). The goal of the field camp will be to introduce students to impact cratering processes and provide an opportunity to assist with a research project at the crater. The online application and details about the program, including eligibility requirements, can be found on the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE) webpage.

USGS Volcano Resources


Sunday, May 18, 2014, was the 34th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington. Here are a few volcano resources from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) that may be of interest:

Hubble by the Numbers


Beginning its 25th year of service, NASA takes a look at some of the Hubble Space Telescope’s amazing statistics: Hubble has observed 38,000 celestial targets; around 4000 astronomers from all over the world have used the telescope to probe the universe; Hubble currently generates 844 gigabytes of data per month; and Hubble has orbited Earth more than 3 billion miles along a circular low-Earth orbit. For images and more information about Hubble, visit NASA’s Hubble website.