The book “Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters” was created with the NASA Lunar Science Institute and features tactile diagrams of the lunar surface designed to educate the blind and visually impaired about the wonders of Earth’s moon. The first reprintings of this publication have run out, but a text-only version and an audio file of the book are available to download.
The Digital Access to a Sky Century at Harvard (DASCH) project is looking for digital volunteers to transcribe the logbooks that document the most important discoveries in astronomy in the early 20th century. More than 100 logbooks containing about 10,000 pages of text need to be transcribed. Participate in this new “citizen scientist” initiative and help preserve astronomical history.
Online registration for the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series presentation of “Gravity” on September 18 is now open. The link to the online registration page is located near the bottom of the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series webpage. Sign up early–seating is limited to 250 for this special free event.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reminds us that September is National Preparedness Month. The USGS provides the science that helps us prepare for natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides and volcanic eruptions and help us make informed decisions when they occur.
The LPI Library has new Mars publications on display, including Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission (2014), Why Mars: NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration (2014), and the Geologic Map of Mars (SIM 3292) from the United States Geological Survey (2014).
The Lunar and Planetary Institute will be closed Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, September 2.
The LPI introduces the second Mars topical website, Mars Polar Science and Exploration. It is intended to provide one-stop access to the latest news, information about past and future meetings, a searchable database of Mars polar science peer-reviewed publications and special issues, educational resources, and a variety of other web-based resources, for scientists, students, educators and the general public.
The online Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature contains detailed information about all names of topographic and albedo features on planets and satellites (and some planetary ring and ring-gap systems) that the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named and approved from its founding in 1919 through the present time.
The new edition of the LPI Earth and Space Science Newsletter is now available online. Find out about workshops and courses, events, resources, mission news, and more.
Due to increased interest in LPI’s Cosmic Explorations Speakers Series, event registration will be required this season. Online registration for the first presentation, “Gravity,” will open on September 4 and is limited to 250.