Monthly Archives: December 2015

LROC Images: Featured Lunar Sites


Check out the collection of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) images from featured lunar sites. From new lunar features that our camera discovered, to the closest images of the Apollo landing sites since the astronauts left, these are some of the most requested LROC image collections. The collection includes Ranger Landing Sites, Apollo Landing Sites, New Impacts, and 21st Century Landing Sites.

Mars Rover Celebration

logo_marsroverThe 14th Annual Mars Rover Celebration will take place on January 30, 2016 on the University of Houston campus in the Houston Room of the Student Center. This event is an exciting educational opportunity for primary and middle school students to learn how to build a model rover to perform a mission on Mars. Over 700 students representing 200 teams are expected. Find out how to help by being a volunteer.

Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Greetings


Christmas Eve, 1968. Millions around the world were watching and listening as the Apollo 8 astronauts – Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders – became the first humans to orbit another world. As their command module floated above the lunar surface, the astronauts beamed back images of the moon and Earth and took turns reading from the book of Genesis, closing with a wish for everyone “on the good Earth.” Happy holidays!

2015-2016 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest


The 2015-16 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12.

There are three essay topics to choose from:

Target 1. Saturn’s rings and three moons: Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas

Target 2. Jupiter, as seen from a billion miles away

Target 3. Saturn’s moon, Tethys, passing behind Rhea (27-frame movie)

Students are invited to choose one of these topics and write an essay about why they think this image should be taken by the Cassini spacecraft. What questions do they hope will be answered by taking this picture?

The contest deadline is Friday, February 26, 2016. All essays must be submitted by the student’s teacher (or parent, if homeschooled). If the essay contest is used as a class assignment, please send the top 3 essays from each class, along with a list of other students who wrote essays for the contest. All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation. U.S. winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists. U.S. and international winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website.

For contest rules, videos about each essay topic, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more information, visit: For questions about the contest or to sign up for the contest’s email distribution list, email Good luck!

Feature Films on DVD in the Library



Did you know that the LPI library has some of the best space movies on DVD in our collection? We do! Gravity, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Moon, The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, Contact, Europa Report, October Sky, and The War of the Worlds (1953) are available to check out. We also have a great selection of documentaries and children’s videos.