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Annual Reviews on Your Smartphone


  • Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Science
  • Annual Reviews of Fluid Mechanics

Users can now browse, search, and read full-text content anytime, anywhere on the Annual Reviews mobile site. Visit from a mobile device to:

  • Browse journals and articles
  • Search journals by keyword, author or title
  • View abstracts
  • Read full-text articles
  • Read forthcoming articles
  • View and search references and related links
  • Download articles to your mobile device for offline reading
  • Share articles and links via Social Networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Select journals and articles as favorites
  • Accessing Full-Text Articles Via Mobile Pairing

To access full-text articles from journals that have been licensed by the LPI Library, simply visit from your mobile device while on an authenticated institutional wi-fi network. Your mobile device will be automatically paired with the LPI’s access rights. The pairing will then enable you to access content while offsite; it lasts six months, and will be refreshed each time you access the Annual Reviews website while within the LPI’s network.

LPI Summer Workshops for Teachers

The Unknown Moon Institute
July 25-29, 2012

High school science teachers both those currently teaching high school and those preparing to teach high school, are invited to attend this 35-hour, 5-day institute, investigating the Moon, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston. Topics include:
The lunar polar environment
Water at the lunar poles
Working in the lunar environment
Robotic exploration of the Moon
Human missions to the Moon
Formation of the Moon
Geology of the Moon
Moon phases and eclipses

For further information or to apply to attend, go to

Lunar Workshops for Educators
Taking place in several different locations across the United States this summer

Grade 6-12 science teachers are invited to attend a week-long workshop focused on lunar science, exploration, and how our understanding of the Moon is evolving with the new data from current and recent lunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has allowed scientists to measure the coldest known place in the Solar System, map the surface of the Moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment around the Moon – and its potential effects on future lunar explorers, and much, much more!

Workshop participants will:
Learn about the latest discoveries in lunar science from LRO and other recent lunar missions
Reinforce your understanding of lunar science concepts
Gain tools to help address common student misconceptions about the Moon
Interact with lunar scientists and engineers
Work with LRO data
Learn how to bring these data and information to your students using hands-on activities aligned with National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks

For further information or to apply to attend, go to

Mars Revealed: Evolving Technology, Advancing Science
July 19-23, 2012

High school teachers, both those currently teaching high school and those preparing to teach high school, are invited to attend this week-long workshop investigating Mars science and exploration, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston.

Topics include:
Earth/Mars Geology
Earth-Mars Comparisons
Martian Volcanic and Aqueous Mineralogy
Reflectance Spectrometry
Past, present, and future missions to Mars
Relationship between science and technology
Online tools to access and manipulate spacecraft data of Mars

Workshop registration is free, and includes breakfasts and lunches. Workshop participants will receive a $700 stipend upon completion of the workshop.

Applications are not online yet but will be available soon. For further information or to apply to attend, go to

Planetary Data: A Workshop for Users and Software Developers

Flagstaff, Arizona (USA)
June 25-29, 2012

We are pleased to announce Planetary Data: A Workshop for Users and Software Developers to be held June 25–29, 2012, at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona. The meeting facility is at the du Bois Conference Center on the NAU campus. The two content tracks will share a common day on Wednesday to hold talks of overlapping interest. One or both tracks can be attended and there is no registration fee for either. Abstract submissions for presentations and/or posters are due by April 30, 2012.

Planetary Data Users Track
Share information on digital planetary data, including availability, access and analysis methods.
Present how-to guides for locating, acquiring, processing and working with digital planetary data.

Planetary Software Developers Track
Bring researchers and technology experts together to discuss and exchange ideas to identify difficult planetary research issues that can be addressed by software development.
Present planetary data processing and software development methods and techniques.

The Planetary Data Users track is sponsored by the NASA Planetary Data System, the Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program (PG&G), and the Regional Planetary Image Facility network. The Planetary Software Developers track is sponsored by the NASA PG&G Cartography Program.


April 30, 2012 – Deadline for Abstract Submission (for presentation or poster)
June 15, 2012 – Registration Deadline (if not submitting an abstract)
June 25-29, 2012 – Workshop: Data Users (June 25-27), Software Developers (June 27-29)

MyMoon Webcast with the NASA Desert RATS

Don’t forget to join MyMoon next week, September 6 at 1 pm Eastern for a special webcast with Dr. Jake Bleacher from NASA Goddard. Jake is currently in the Arizona desert near the Black Point Lava Flow with the NASA Desert RATS conducting integrated mission simulations to evaluate different conditions that will enable multiple destinations for future human exploration including the Moon, near-Earth asteroids (NEAs), Mars moons, and ultimately the surface of Mars. Jake will join us live from the habitat module as he discuss the hardware and protocols the team is testing and will answer questions about the Desert RATS test and objectives.

Join MyMoon for Jake’s webcast at 1pm Eastern on September 6.

Follow the Desert RATS during this year’s field tests through blogs, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube:

Read their weblog
Follow them on Twitter
Flickr photostream
YouTube Channel

Are you a teacher? Do you know a teacher? The Desert RATS education group has created classroom activities for grades 5-12.

The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series

The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series returns September 22, 2011 for the 2011-2012 series. Join LPI as we celebrate NASA’s Year of the Solar System. The Year of the Solar System is a 23-month event celebrating NASA’s exploration of the solar system. The scientific results from robotic missions sent to explore the solar system are changing our perceptions of the solar system, while compelling us to ask new questions.

Join LPI as we partner with the University of Houston-Clear Lake on September 22, 2011 to kick-off the 2011-2012 series – New Missions, New Perspectives, New Questions – with a very special guest speaker. Dava Sobel, author of Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, and The Planets, will explore humanity’s changing relationship with the solar system. Included in her presentation will be a discussion of our transition from a mythological to scientific perspective of the planets and our transition from a geocentric to heliocentric perspective of the solar system.

You can learn more about Dava Sobel at her website.

In anticipation of a large turnout, the University of Houston-Clear Lake has graciously agreed to host Ms. Sobel’s presentation in the theater in the Bayou Building on the UHCL campus. UHCL is located at 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058.

Directions to UHCL
Campus map

Free parking will be available in the Student Parking Lot that evening for those attending the presentation. Because night classes will be in session, the Student Parking Lot will be in use by UHCL students so groups attending the presentation should plan to carpool.

This free presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a light reception and an opportunity to meet Ms. Sobel. Please note that this event is not a book signing. Ms. Sobel will be available to speak with attendees but will not be able to sign books. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the photography exhibit “Celebrating Shuttle: An American Icon” on display at the time of the presentation.

If you have any questions regarding the location of and parking at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, please contact the University Advancement Office at 281-283-2021.

Archive of PSRDpresents Slide Sets

The Archive of PSRD presents Slide Sets could be a useful supplement to textbooks for teaching the latest planetary science. Planetary Science Research Discoveries (PSRD) is an educational site sharing the latest research by NASA-sponsored scientists on meteorites, asteroids, planets, moons, and other materials in our Solar System. The website is supported by the Cosmochemistry Program of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and by Hawai’i Space Grant Consortium and is a vital link for planetary and space sciences, and for learning how science works.
Some slide sets are:
Crystallizing the Lunar Magma Ocean
A Traveling CAI
Timeline of Martian Volcanism
Wet, Carbonaceous Asteroids: Altering Minerals, Changing Amino Acids
Mineral Abundances in Martian Soils
Supernova Confetti in Meteorites
Unraveling the Origin of the Lunar Highlands Crust
New View of Gas and Dust in the Solar Nebula
Damp Moon Rising
Formation of Stony-Iron Meteorites in Early Giant Impacts
A Younger Age for the Oldest Martian Meteorite
Asteroid, Meteor, Meteorite
Dynamics and Chemistry of Planet Construction