Happy Halloween! This image of the Sun from the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows active regions that give it the appearance of a spooky jack-o’-lantern.
The 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, The Woodlands, Texas, March 20–24, 2017. To receive LPSC updates by e-mail, submit an Indication of Interest form by Sunday, November 20. The abstract submission form is scheduled to open on Monday, November 21, and the abstract deadline is January 10, 2017.
The 49th American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting will take place December 12 – 16 in San Francisco, CA. Find out all about it online.
In case you missed it, the Cosmic Explorations lecture presented on October 6 by Dr. Paul Spudis, “The Value of the Moon,” is now online.
NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD) is planning to host a community workshop at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC on February 27–28 and March 1, 2017. This workshop is meant to provide PSD with a very long-range vision of what planetary science may look like in the future. The workshop is to gather the leading experts in Solar System planetary science and related disciplines, together with experts in space technologies, to identify potential science goals and enabling technologies that can be implemented by the end of the 2040s and would support the next phase of Solar System exploration. Receive e-mail notifications regarding this meeting by submitting an Indication of Interest online.
To a scientist, “crust” is the outermost layer of a planet, but the public may think of “crust” as the edge of a pizza. The American Geophysical Union discusses how to avoid jargon when communicating science and offers a handy reference called “Watch Your Words: Science Vocabulary with Dual Meanings.”
Do you enjoy beautiful astronomical images? Take a look at the Astronomy Picture of the Day website. Each day a different image is featured with an informative caption.
The latest issue of News & Notes from the NASA History Office is online. It features an article about the 40th anniversary of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM).
The next Rice Space Institute Spaceport Frontiers Lecture will feature Chirag Parikh, Director of the Office of Source Strategies, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The lecture, “Blurred Lines: The Eroding Boundaries between Civil, Commercial and Security Space,” will take place on Thursday, October 20, at 7:15 pm in McMurty Auditorium, Duncan Hall, on the campus of Rice University with a reception immediately preceding.