A recent post on the American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog offers tips and advice on “Sciencing & Social Media.”
The investigation into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has been completed. Conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the lander to crash close to its planned landing site. The report from the Schiaparelli Inquiry Board is available online.
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon. This year InOMN will be Saturday, October 28. Find out how to get involved and browse event materials and related activities and resources online.
On this day in 1961, President John F. Kennedy addressed a joint session of the United States Congress announcing his decision to send astronauts to the Moon by the end of the decade. A number of documents and other information related to the decision to go to the Moon and Project Apollo have been made available online by the NASA History Office.
New NASA budget documents, strategic plans and performance reports are now available online.
The final lecture of the 2016-2017 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series will be on Thursday, June 1, at 7:30 pm. LPI staff scientist Dr. Steve Clifford will present “The Evolution of Water on Mars.” If you can’t make it in person, watch it live online on the USRA Ustream channel. Don’t miss this free presentation.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute and Sci Art Exchange announce the Eclipse Over Houston Art Competition to celebrate the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21. All Houston-area artists are invited to submit original visual or literary work about the science behind a solar eclipse or how eclipses impact humanity. Winners will be selected from multiple age groups: 5-9, 10-13, 14-18, and adult. Winning artwork will be displayed at the Freeman Public Library, Levy Park, and the Lunar and Planetary Institute and featured during the Eclipse Over Houston festivities. Artwork must be submitted by August 1.
Check out the Bruce Murray Space Image Library, a unique collection of space images and a feature of the Planetary Society website. Co-founder of the Planetary Society and emeritus director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Bruce Murray helped change the way we view the solar system.
Learn about the many ways that space technologies and expertise benefit life here on Earth. Since 1976, the publication “Spinoff” has highlighted theses benefits. The 2017 edition of “Spinoff” is available in print and in a variety of digital formats. An issue archive is also online.
A MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) outreach webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24 at 7 pm EST (4 PM PST). Dr. Shannon Curry from the University of California Berkeley will discuss how planetary bodies such as Mars and Venus can be used to provide insight into how atmospheres evolve, as scientists model and begin to observe directly the atmospheres of exoplanets. This professional development opportunity is for formal and informal educators, troop leaders, museum docents, and others interested in MAVEN and Mars science.