Author Archives: Linda Chappell

NASA & Planetary Resources Asteroid Data Hunter App


The NASA & Planetary Resources Asteroid Data Hunter App is a software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge that has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers. Analysis of images taken of our solar system’s main belt asteroids between Mars and Jupiter using the algorithm showed a 15 percent increase in positive identification of new asteroids. There is also a desktop version developed by NASA in partnership with Planetary Resources, Inc., of Redmond, Washington. The application is based on an Asteroid Data Hunter-derived algorithm that analyzes images for potential asteroids. The tool can be used by amateur astronomers and citizen scientists.

NASA at the SXSW 2015 Interactive Festival


NASA returns to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival beginning today, March 13, through March18 in Austin, Texas, to share with festival attendees how technology drives exploration, how we are exploring Earth, the solar system and beyond, updates on the journey to Mars, and how anyone can get involved with NASA. Eleven sessions will feature a range of space-related topics including a look at life on the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope turning 25, and NASA prizes and challenges.

X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge


NASA’s Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge is designed to engage college students directly in the design, research and development of functional components of future space habitats. The challenge also helps develop strategic partnerships with universities to increase knowledge in critical exploration capabilities and technology risk reduction activities. Applications for the challenge will be accepted through April 30.

Exhibits During LPSC


Don’t forget to stop by the Town Center Exhibit Area during the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference to check out the many commercial, scientific, and educational organizations displaying their products and services. The exhibit area will be open from Monday, March 16, through Thursday, March 19, including evening hours on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. A list of exhibitors can be found online.

NEW DATE! Next SkyFest: Happy Anniversary, Hubble!

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Join us at the Lunar and Planetary Institute on Saturday, April 11, from 8 – 10 pm for the next SkyFest event, “Happy Anniversary, Hubble!” There will be hands-on activities, and, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, there will be viewing of the night sky. The event is free and open to explorers of all ages, but children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or adult the entire time they are visiting the LPI.