Monthly Archives: August 2016

Solar System Ambassadors Program

mqzZoThe Solar System Ambassadors Program (SSA) is a public outreach program designed to work with motivated volunteers across the nation. These volunteers communicate the excitement of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s space exploration missions and information about recent discoveries to people in their local communities. Applications to become a Solar System Ambassador are accepted once a year during the month of September. Successful candidates begin their one-year, renewable term of service the following January 1. The Announcement of Opportunity and application form will be posted on the Solar System Ambassadors Program website on September 1.

Cosmic Explorations 2016-2017 to Begin in October

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A new season of Cosmic Explorations will be starting this fall. The 2016-2017 series, “Mercury to Mars: LPI Explores the Solar System,” will feature our own LPI scientists discussing their research and how their work supports NASA’s solar system science and exploration efforts. The first lecture will be presented by Dr. Paul Spudis on October 6. Join us here at the LPI or watch it streamed live through the USRA Ustream channel.

The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Virtual Conference


On August 21, 2017, we will be treated to the first total eclipse of the sun visible in the continental U.S. in almost 40 years. Teachers of students in grades 4-12 are invited to take part in “The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017: Are You and Your Students Ready for the Sky Event of the Decade?,” a National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) virtual conference. Find out more about this professional learning opportunity online.

Space Robotics Challenge Registration Now Open

14034982_10154289130530853_3186513218876027849_nRegistration begins today for the Space Robotics Challenge, offering a $1 million prize purse for teams that successfully program a virtual Robonaut 5 robot through a series of complex tasks in a simulated Mars habitat. This event seeks to develop the capabilities of humanoid robots to help astronauts on the journey to Mars. The qualifying round runs from mid-September to mid-November, finalists will be announced in December, open practice runs from January to early June 2017, and the final virtual competition will be held in June 2017.

SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)


The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a digital library portal for researchers in astronomy and physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). The ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 12.2 million records covering publications in astronomy and astrophysics, physics, and the arXiv e-prints. Abstracts and full-text of major astronomy and physics publications are indexed and searchable, and a set of browsable interfaces are also available.