Join us at the LPI on Saturday, August 8, for Passing Pluto, a special event for all ages. Learn about solar system exploration and hear about the first close-up pictures of Pluto received from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. Hands-on activities will run from 6:30 to 7:45 pm, and the presentation begins at 8 pm. It’s free and everyone is welcome.
is a United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) photography competition held in cooperation with NASA and Astronaut Scott Kelly to highlight the role of space for sustainable development. Take a picture of what space means to you in your daily life in relation to the theme of the month and post it on Instagram using . Photo submissions with short captions are due by the 10th of each month. Find out more online.
Did you know that the LPI Library has a collection of globes and models that can be checked out? We do!
Join us the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm CDT for Google Plus Hangouts cohosted by Cosmoquest and the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE). During June’s Hangout, Brian Day discussed the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), and the video can be viewed online. The next Hangout will be on July 7 and will feature Dr. David Kring of CLSE.
2015: The Year of Pluto is a one-hour documentary which takes on the hard science and gives us answers to how the mission came about and why it matters. Interviews with Dr. James Green, John Spencer, Fran Bagenal, Mark Showalter and others share how New Horizons will answer many questions. New Horizons is part of the New Frontiers Program, managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Look Up! list of events has several activity and programming resources that can be used to explore the solar system and the New Horizons mission to the Pluto system.
The American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog runs down a list of a few FAQs about scientists working with the media. What do reporters want from scientists? How should scientists interact with the media?
The new Texas Geology Web Map Viewer from the USGS is an interactive web-based tool that allows a broad range of users to explore the geology of Texas at a scale of 1:250,000. Users can navigate the map with a simple click-and-point tool, or by using the location search tool to search for common geographic place names, latitude/longitude coordinates, and other areas of interest. The interactive map viewer allows users to turn data layers on or off, identify layers of interest, and retrieve detailed information about each geologic formation, such as the feature name, geologic age, and feature description.
A new animated video of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, provides a unique perspective of this heavily cratered, mysterious world. The video is based on observations of Ceres that were taken from Dawn’s first mapping orbit, at an altitude of 8,400 miles, as well as the most recent navigational images taken from 3,200 miles.
The June 2015 edition of the Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter is now available online.