Enjoy 32 of the best Earth images taken by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in the Best of the Blue Dot mission gallery. Blue Dot is the name of his six-month International Space Station mission launched in May 2014. The term “Blue Dot” refers to American astronomer Carl Sagan’s description of Earth as “a pale blue dot” in a photograph taken by NASA’s Voyager spacecraft six billion km from our planet.
The Aeronautics and Space Report of the President, Fiscal Year 2014 Activities is available as a full-text document online. This report is a comprehensive description of the activities and accomplishments of United States agencies in the areas of aeronautics and space. These annual reports are prepared on a fiscal-year basis consistent with the federal government’s budgetary period. This year’s report covers activities that took place from October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014.
A new video and soundtrack have just been released that illustrate features that might be explored by a human-assisted sample-return lunar mission to the Schrodinger basin within the South Pole-Aitken basin. Watch Sampling the Lunar Farside in the South Pole-Aitken’s Schrödinger Basin online.
Today we welcome our Exploration Science Student Interns to the Lunar and Planetary Institute. These students will be involved in activities that support missions to both the Moon and near-Earth asteroids and that provide a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities. Their desks and workspaces are located in the library.
Check out the many e-books that are available from NASA. They cover topics such as NASA history, aeronautics, and technology.
Did you miss Dr. Seth Shostak’s lecture at the LPI on May 7? He discussed the scientific community’s attempts to work with Hollywood in an effort to make movies more scientifically accurate. This presentation was part of the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s 2014–2015 Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series — “Science” on the Silver Screen. It is now available to watch online.
LPI scientist Dr. Paul Schenk shares his thoughts about the upcoming Pluto encounter on his blog Dr. Schenk’s 3-D House of Satellites.
Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2015) to be held on Monday, July 20, 2015 at the NASA Ames Research Center, preceding the NASA Exploration Science Forum. With the expanded interests of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), the scope of this year’s LunGradCon is expanded to include both lunar and small bodies science. LunGradCon provides an opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present their research on lunar and small body science in a low-stress, friendly environment, being critiqued only by their peers. In addition to oral presentations, the conference presents opportunities for professional development and networking with fellow grad students and postdocs, as well as senior members of SSERVI. A limited amount of funding will be provided for travel and lodging costs. The deadline for registration and abstract submission is June 5th 2015, 11:59 PM PDT.
The next SkyFest will take place on International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN). The event will be held on Saturday, September 19, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. There will be hands-on activities and night sky viewing of the Moon. Everyone is welcome and it’s free. Mark your calendar and make plans to join us.