Today is NASA’s Day of Remembrance, honoring the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery. The agency also pays tribute to its fallen astronauts with special Day of Remembrance online content.
Join us for the next SkyFest event, “Observing the Night Sky,” on Saturday, February 25. Explore telescope basics, build a simple telescope to take home, learn about the next big space telescope, and enjoy night sky viewing (weather permitting). Skyfest will take place 7:00 – 9:00 pm, all ages are welcome, and it’s free!
NASA is using PubMed Central (PMC) to permanently preserve and provide easy public access to the peer-reviewed papers resulting from NASA-funded research. Beginning with research funded in 2016, all NASA-funded authors and co-authors (both civil servant and non-civil servant) will be required to deposit copies of their peer-reviewed scientific publications and associated data into NASA’s publication repository called NASA PubSpace. This EXCLUDES patents, publications that contain material governed by personal privacy, export control, proprietary restrictions, or national security law or regulations.
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has been asked by the Unicode Technical Committee to provide a list of suggestions for science-related emojis. Science-related emojis can help communicate science and represent sciences in social media. If you could add a few science emoji, especially for the geosciences, what would they be? Send AGU your suggestions.
There’s a new addition to the LPI library collection — a 6-inch-diameter Pluto globe created from New Horizons images. Sky & Telescope collaborated with LPI scientist Paul Schenk, Ross Beyer of SETI/NASA-Ames, and the New Horizons team to produce a base map showing details as small as 1 mile (1 1/2 km) across. It’s currently on display in the library.
Join us in April for another Cosmic Explorations lecture. LPI postdoctoral fellow Dr. Patricia Craig will present “Mars: Are We There Yet?” on Thursday, April 13. The presentation begins at 7:30 pm at the USRA-Houston building, and as always, it’s free. A reception will follow. If you can’t make it, watch it streamed live through the USRA Ustream channel.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents The Educator Event at the museum on Saturday, January 21 from 8 am to 1 pm. This conference-style event gives educators a unique chance to learn about the educational opportunities provided by museums, educational nonprofits, and local organizations in and around Houston. Attendees will earn three hours of CPE credit by attending a variety of exciting hands-on workshops. Registration is free for all educators. Sign up today.
What’s up for January 2017? This short video from the NASA jet Propulsion Laboratory suggests what to look for in the night sky this month, including a comet, the Moon, Venus, Mars, and Quadrantid Meteor shower.
The Juno mission team invites the public to participate in selecting image targets for JunoCam. Each perijove (or PJ — pass close to Jupiter) may have special constraints, special opportunities, or unique goals the team is trying to meet. Suggest points of interest and give your comments. Get details and view the latest images online. Voting for PJ4 begins on January 19.