Author Archives: David Bigwood

Exploring Mars Habitability Conference

The abstract book and conference presentations from the Exploring Mars Habitability Conference held on 13 to 15 June in Lisbon, Portugal are now available. Some of the talks include:

  • The Nakhlite Impact Hydrothemal Cell: Mineralogy, Fluid and Habitability / J.C. Bridges, S.P. Schwenzer
  • Ancient habitability in Early Archaean volcanic and sedimentary rocks: Relevance for habitability in Noachian/Hesperian materials on Mars / F. Westall et al.
  • Evidence for the Long-Term Persistence of Habitable Conditions in the Deep-Subsurface of Mars / S.M. Clifford, M.D. Max

Reprinting NASA Publications

NASA is looking for partners to publish their out-of-print materials. NASA recognizes the power of strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships to improve efficiency and maximize its outreach to the public concerning NASA’s programs. To this end, NASA seeks unfunded partnerships with organizations to help promote awareness of NASA’s history. The purpose of this Announcement is to determine interest by non-government entities in reprinting NASA historical publications that were originally published by the Government Printing Office. NASA would benefit by having valuable historical publications available to the public, which will increase general awareness in the U.S. and abroad of NASA historical programs and activities; and respondents could benefit from enlarging their portfolio of aerospace publications and increasing sales worldwide. A complete listing of NASA History Series titles, as well as related historical publications not formally in the NASA History Series, is available online.

Additions to Flicker

Ten new NASA press release images are available on our Flicker site. They are:

  • Updrafts of Large Ammonia Crystals in Saturn Storm
  • Springtime at Marsʼ South Pole
  • Hematite in Capri Chasma
  • Harris Crater Delta
  • Daedalia Planum Lava Flows
  • Wallow Fire, Arizona
  • Tornado Track near Sturbridge, Massachusetts
  • Fractured Impact Melt
  • Granular Flow
  • Another Look at Atget

Discover Earth: A Century of Change

Application deadline: September 2, 2011

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning at Space Science Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project, announces a new traveling exhibition opportunity for public libraries. Ten public libraries will be selected to host an interactive exhibition called Discover Earth: A Century of Change.

Discover Earth will tour from January 2012 to December 2013, visiting each of the ten selected sites for a period of eight weeks. The exhibition requires approximately 500-750 square feet of space for optimal display. Each site will be awarded a grant of $1,000 to support public programs related to the exhibition.

The Discover Earth exhibition will focus on local earth science topics—such as weather, water cycle, and ecosystem changes—as well as a global view of our changing planet. The primary message of the exhibition is that the global environment changes – and is changed by – the local environment of all exhibition-hosts’ communities. Interactive, multimedia displays will allow exhibit visitors to interact with digital information in a dynamic way, encouraging new perspectives on our planet.

Discover Earth is made possible through the support of the National Science Foundation. The exhibition and its educational support materials and outreach opportunities are part of the STAR (Science-Technology Activities and Resources) Library Education Network (STAR_Net), a hands-on learning program for libraries and their communities.

Apply online
Site Support Notebook (coming soon)
Community of Practice (CoP)
Grant guidelines (PDF)

Seen on the ALA site

LPI Earth and Space Science News

The LPI Earth and Space Science News is available on our website, and also through a regularly updated RSS feed. This newsletter highlights Earth and space science education workshops, grants, competitions, events, resources, and news.

Included in this issue:
Link to the Year of the Solar System, a national astronomy education conference, the launch of a mission to study Earth’s oceans and another to orbit Jupiter, and the arrival of a spacecraft at an asteroid, in Calendar
Learn about a free AAAS climate workshop, a Desert RATS Webinar, and online Seminars on Science at Workshops and Courses
Find out about a North Atlantic spring bloom webinar, Vesta Fiesta, and the ASP national conference in Events
Become a NASA Endeavor Fellow or a NASA Earth Ambassador, or participate in a new citizen science project to find new icy bodies or in an astronomy research program for teachers in Get Involved
Connect to lessons about the Earth’s surface, the interactive online California Geotour, a new Mars website, an article to address rumors and fears about Comet Elenin, a podcast about this spring’s tornados, a new NASA website for kids, and the Earth Science Week Tookits in Resources
Read about a paradigm-shattering quasar, magnetic bubbles at the edge of our Solar System, changes to our solar cycle, new observations of black holes in the early universe, the salty ocean on Enceladus, how galaxies grew in the early universe, and the relationship between recent wild weather and La Niña in Mission News and Science

Hurricane Season is Here

Hurricane season began June 1.

The library has books and videos showing the effects of recent hurricanes on the Gulf region. They include:
Active and passive microwave measurements in Hurricane Allen by Victor E. Delnore et al.
The formation and future of the upper Texas coast: a geologist answers questions about sand, storms, and living by the sea by John B. Anderson
Hurricane Ike: A photographic account presented by the Houston Chronicle
Hurricane preparedness: before, during, & after by ShowMeHow Videos
Hurricane Rita: reflections of a generation witnessing disaster edited by Vertna Bradley
Hurricane! coping with disaster : progress and challenges since Galveston, 1900 edited by Robert Simpson
In Ike’s wake: Southeast Texas endures hurricane’s devastation by the staff of Beaumont Enterprise
Isaac’s storm: a man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history by Erik Larson
Overcoming Ike: standing by you–commemorative 6 month anniversary DVD by KHOU-TV

Aeronautics and Astronautics: A Chronology, Books in PDF

The NASA history Office has announced the availability of two new NASA History chronologies. Alice R. Buchalter and William Noel Ivey compiled Aeronautics and Astronautics: A Chronology, 2006 (NASA SP-2011-4032) and Marieke Lewis compiled Aeronautics and Astronautics: A Chronology, 2007 (NASA SP-2011-4033). Both of these publications are available online only in pdf format

Lunar and Planetary information Bulletin, Issue no. 125

The latest Lunar and Planetary information Bulletin, issue no. 125, is now available. Features in this issue include:

  • Visions and Voyages: Decadal Survey Report at LPSC
    Transcript of presentation by Steve Squyres during the 42nd LPSC, intended to explain the planetary Decadal Survey report to the planetary and international communities and answer questions about specific components of the report


  • News From Space
    • NASA’s MESSENGER Spacecraft Begins Historic Orbit Around Mercury
    • SOFIA Completes First Flight of German Science Instrument
    • Scientists Find New Type of Mineral in History Meteorite
    • NASA Spacecraft Reveal Mysteries of Jupiter and Saturn Rings
    • Cassini Sees Seasonal Rains Transform Titan’s Surface
    • Cassini Sees Saturn Electric Link with Enceladus
    • NASA’s Jupiter-Bound Spacecraft Taking Shape in Denver
    • NASA Releases Images of Man-Made Crater on Comet
    • NASA Stardust Spacecraft Officially Ends Operations
    • Dawn Gets Vesta Target Practice
    • NASA Selects Investigations for Future Key Missions
  • Meeting Highlights
    42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
  • Spotlight on Education
    • Continuing the Year of the Solar System
    • CosmoSparks Reports and Slide Sets
    • New “Discoveries in Planetary Science” PowerPoints
    • ASP Conference on Science Education and Public Outreach
    • Share Your Lunar Education Efforts at the NASA Lunar Science Forum
    • NASA Research Announcement for Competitive Program for Informal Education Institutions
    • NASA Accepting Applications from “Inspired” High School Students
  • Milestones
    • LPI Career Development Award Recipients Announced
    • LPI Selects Planetary Science Interns
    • Center for Lunar Science and Exploration Announces 2011 Intern Class
    • Mars Tribute Marks Memories of Shepard’s Flight
    • NASA Selects Classroom Teachers for SOFIA Science Flights
    • Two NASA Sites Win Webby Awards
    • NASA Announces 2011 Carl Sagan Fellows
    • NASA Announces Spaced Out Sports Challenge Winners
    • Community College Scholars Selected to Design Robotic Rovers
    • NASA’s Hubble Celebrates 21st Anniversary with “Rose” of Galaxies
    • NASA Device Inducted into Space Technology Hall of Fame
  • In Memoriam
    • Elisabetta Pierazzo
    • Heinz-Hermann Koelle
    • James L. Elliott
    • Baruch Blumberg
  • New and Noteworthy
  • New products of interest to the community