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.
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.
The American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog highlights four strategies in communicating science to non-scientists: outreach, crowd-sourcing, management-oriented tools that support the generation of information, and co-production.
The Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) highlights Earth’s diverse processes and phenomena through photos, imagery, graphics, and artwork with short explanatory captions. EPOD is a service of the Universities Space Research Association (USRA).
New books featuring spectacular images of the Moon and Mars are currently on display in the library.