Monthly Archives: June 2014

Video Simulations of Impact Cratering Processes


The LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration has prepared a series of video simulations of impact cratering processes for classroom use. The videos explore how impactor size and velocity, as well as target gravity and temperature, affect the sizes and morphologies of impact craters.  The videos can be run in real time from the website or, if users prefer, downloaded to their own computers.

United States Topo Maps


United States Topo quadrangles are digital topographic maps produced by the National Geospatial Program of the US Geological Survey (USGS). Created in the familiar 7.5-minute quadrangle format like the legacy paper maps, US Topo maps support frequent updating, wide and fast public distribution, and basic, on-screen geographic analysis. US Topo maps are available for free Web download from the USGS Store.

Khan Academy Math, Science and Partner Content

The Khan Academy, a not-for-profit organization providing free world-class education online for anyone anywhere, offers math and science content including physics, cosmology and astronomy. The Khan Academy has also partnered with NASA, the Exploratorium and the California Academy of Sciences among others to bring additional content to students, parents and teachers.

Oral History of the Lunar Receiving Laboratory Online

JSC veterans Gary McCollum and Don Bogard share their memories of the development, construction, and operation of the Lunar Receiving Lab. The NASA Johnson Space Center Oral History Project Edited Oral History Transcript of the interview held on June 18, 2012, is available online.

The document Lunar Receiving Laboratory Project History (NASA/CR–2004–208938) by Susan Mangus and William Larsen provides additional information and details about the lab’s origins and history.