Monthly Archives: October 2015

Astrobiology Memorial Presentation


In honor of the men and women who have made great and lasting contributions to astrobiology, the NASA Astrobiology Institute has put together a film paying tribute to twelve scientists and leaders who have recently passed away. These individuals are remembered not only for their enduring work in the field, but as astrobiologists who touched the lives of many during their lifetime.

Industrial Design Exhibit in the Library


The student exhibits from the Lund University Industrial Design School field trip program are now on display in the library. These students are one of two groups spending a total of three weeks in the library searching the literature, checking databases, visiting with mentors, attending lectures, and developing their concepts. The final piece of this field trip experience was an exhibit in JSC’s Building 4. Now that the student field trip experience is over and the students are returning to Sweden, Larry Toups, JSC sponsor, loaned the student exhibits to USRA-Houston for display. You are welcome to come to Library 2 to view the exhibits and to observe the issues the students addressed. Please remember these student exhibits are from an industrial design program and not from geology, astronomy, biology, or medical programs.

The exhibits will be on display until November 9. Please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues. Any visitors to the building are also welcome to view the exhibit.

More information about the STARS Design 2015 on the field trip Tumblr site (

‘Pluto Time’ Mosaic Connects People with Science


Since the Pluto Time campaign was announced in June, NASA received more than 339,000 visits to the Pluto Time widget and almost 7,000 image submissions from across the globe, including: the U.S., Italy, New Zealand, Netherlands, Canada, Brazil, Qatar, France, Australia, Romania, India, Colombia, Venezuela, Egypt, Greece, Russia, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, England, Malaysia, Uruguay and Spain. Thousands of those submissions have now been assembled into three stunning mosaics of Pluto, Charon, and a combined image of the two.

NASA/JPL Edu Website


The education office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently relaunched its website with new capabilities and offerings for formal and informal educators, K-12 students and aspiring JPL interns and fellows. The updated website, called “NASA/JPL Edu,” features a growing assortment of educator and student activities and resources, events, internship programs and educational news and blogs.

Daily Views of Earth Available on New NASA Website

epicday260-1041x586NASA has launched a new website so the world can see images of the full, sunlit side of the Earth every day. The images are taken by a NASA camera one million miles away on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Air Force. Once a day NASA will post at least a dozen new color images of Earth acquired from 12 to 36 hours earlier by Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC). Each daily sequence of images will show the Earth as it rotates, thus revealing the whole globe over the course of a day. The new website also features an archive of EPIC images searchable by date and continent.