Monthly Archives: November 2016

Eyes on the Solar System: Juno

15135868_10154591440240853_2530123259687700696_nUsing NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System and simulated data from the Juno flight team, you can ride on board the Juno spacecraft in real-time at any moment during the entire mission. NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System program is a web-based tool to journey with NASA’s spacecraft through the solar system. The experience is available on a Mac or PC by downloading NASA’s Eyes. NASA’s Eyes interactives require a one-time download of the app.

LPI Summer Intern Program Applications Accepted Now

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The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. As a Summer Intern, you will work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. The 10-week program runs from June 5, 2017 – August 11, 2017. The deadline to apply is January 6, 2017.

This Day in History: Mariner 9 Orbits Mars


On this day in 1971, Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet – Mars. The primary goal of the mission was to map about 70% of the surface during the first three months of operation. The dedicated imaging mission began in late November, but because of a major dust storm on Mars during this time, photos taken prior to about mid-January 1972 did not show great detail. By February 1972, the spacecraft had identified about 20 volcanoes, one of which, later named Olympus Mons, dwarfed any similar feature on Earth.

The First Billion Years Intiative


The Lunar and Planetary Institute is excited to announce a new initiative — The First Billion Years — designed to encourage trans-disciplinary study of this formative era. The initiative’s core will be a coordinated series of topical conferences, 2017–2019, emphasizing fundamental processes during The First Billion Years: Accretion, Differentiation, Bombardment, and the Rise of Habitability. Beyond the conferences, we anticipate spinoffs of special sessions at other meetings, focused special publications, and topical workshops. Details and a proposed schedule are online. 

Universe in the Classroom Electronic Newsletter

uitc93-1The Universe in the Classroom is an electronic educational newsletter for teachers and other educators around the world who want to help students of all ages learn more about the wonders of the universe. The Fall 2016 issue is available online now. The feature article is “Getting Ready for the All American Eclipse! An NGSS Storyline Approach to Classroom Instruction.”