Monthly Archives: May 2016

Mars Exploration Zone Map Design Competition


What kind of map is needed to best aid human explorers of Mars? The International Cartographic Association Commission on Planetary Cartography is inviting students, cartographers, and graphic artists from all countries to design Exploration Zone maps and participate in planning the first human mission to Mars. Create a cartographic product that can be used by the astronauts during their approximately one-year long mission within the Exploration Zone. All submitted maps must be accompanied by a short paper in English. Submission deadline is September 1, 2016.

Planetary Science Nuggets


Planetary Science Nuggets are PowerPoint slides that have been provided to NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Planetary Science Division by members of the scientific community to highlight important science results or mission activities. A subset of these submissions are selected by the Planetary Science Division to be presented to SMD leadership and, potentially, NASA leadership, OSTP and the White House. The collection of those selected Nuggets is available online.