The USRA Houston building will be closed on Monday, February 17, in observance of Presidents’ Day. Normal operating hours will resume on Tuesday, February 18.
The latest issue of the LPI Earth and Space Science Newsletter is now available online. This newsletter includes a calendar of upcoming events, a list of workshops and courses, ways to get involved, information about grants and funding, a list of educator resources, and mission news and science. Sign ip to receive the monthy newsletter as an email.
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) announces their new open access journal, Earth Space and Science, the only journal that reflects the expansive range of science represented by AGU’s more than 62,000 members, including all of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences, and related fields in environmental science, geoengineering, space engineering, and biogeochemistry. The journal will publish articles under the Creative Commons Attribution License enabling authors to be fully compliant with open access requirements of funding organizations where applicable. The publication fee will be competitive with those of other broad open access journals.
MESSENGER has now surpassed 200,000 images acquired from orbit about Mercury! And there are still many more to come. In particular, acquiring Narrow Angle Camera images when the spacecraft is closest to the planet is a priority for the remainder of the mission; such images will allow the highest resolution views of Mercury’s surface to be captured.
Dr. Bruce Betts, Director of Projects at the Planetary Society, is teaching a free virtual college class at California State University Dominguez Hills called Physics 195: Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy. This online class covers the solar system and universe and is heavy on imagery and fun and light on math, while still providing a strong introduction to what we know and how we learn more. The live classes will be held on Wednesday afternoons from February 5 through May 7.
Do you remember your first scientific meeting? All of those people, everyone seems to know everyone else, and how do you decide which talks to attend? Here’s your chance to help someone. LPI is looking for scientists to be Meeting Mentors for participants of this year’s Undergraduate Research Conference scheduled on Sunday, March 16, and held in conjunction with the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. More information is available online at the Education/Public Outreach Events webpage, or contact Andy Shaner at email@example.com.
The February 2014 issue of the Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter is now available online.