Author Archives: Linda Chappell

NASA Celebrates 40 Years of Spinoffs


Space exploration has spun off many technologies that help us here on Earth, from medical science breakthroughs to consumer goods and industrial productivity. This year marks 40 years of NASA’s Spinoff, an annual publication that highlights the practical benefits of NASA technology. Find out more about Spinoff and NASA’s Technology Transfer Program online.

Space Travel Posters from JPL


Want to travel in space? New travel posters from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory envision a day when the creativity of scientists and engineers will allow us to do things we can only dream of now. Take a virtual trip to 14 alien worlds, and maybe even plaster your living room with planetary art, via the new, futuristic space tourism posters. The posters are available free for downloading and printing.

Cassini Scientist for a Day Student Essay Contest


Cassini Scientist for a Day, an essay contest for students in grades 5 – 12, challenges students to learn about Saturn, examine three possible observations taken by the spacecraft, and consider the scientific results of each. Then students choose a target and defend that choice in an essay of up to 500 words. Contest details are online. The deadline to submit an essay is February 26.

Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal


The Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal (LMMP) is a convenient location for lunar visualization data, including the most recent lunar surface imagery, altimetry, spectral reflectance, temperature, and lighting provided by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LPO) spacecraft. The portal also includes data from past lunar missions including Apollo, Lunar Orbiter, Lunar Prospector, Clementine, and Chandrayaan-1. The portal features an easy-to-use browsing tool and feature search.

Mars Trek Visualization Online Tool


Mars Trek is a free, web-based application that provides high-quality, detailed visualizations of Mars using real data from 50 years of NASA exploration. The application allows astronomers, citizen scientists, and students to study the Red Planet’s features. It features an easy-to-use browsing tool which provides layering and viewing of high-resolution Mars data products in 2D and globe view, allowing users to fly over the surface of Mars. It also has tools for 3D printing, elevation profiles, sun angle calculations Sun and Earth positions, and more.

Asteroid Day 2016


Asteroid Day 2016 is scheduled for June 30. Co-founded in 2015 by Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist for the rock band Queen, Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and German filmmaker Grig Richters, Asteroid Day is an annual event designed to increase public awareness of potential asteroid impacts on Earth. A press conference for the event will take place on February 9.