Fly your sketch or graphic of an exoplanet on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). All ages and skill levels are welcome. (Anyone under 18 must have permission of a parent or guardian to participate.) Submissions will fly aboard the TESS spacecraft while it searches the sky for exoplanets. The deadline for submissions is November 20 or when capacity of the drive that will carry submissions to space is reached, whichever occurs first.
Planetary Science Nuggets are powerpoint slides that have been provided to NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Planetary Science Division by members of the scientific community to highlight important science results or mission activities. A subset of these submissions are selected by the Planetary Science Division to be presented to SMD leadership and, potentially, NASA leadership, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the White House. These selected submissions can be found on the LPI website.
One way to view the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21 is with a pinhole projector. You can make your own 3D printed pinhole projector in the shape of the USA or a US state. Downloadable files and steps are online.
The Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin June 2017 issue is now available online. The cover story is “Cassini’s Swan Song.”
Want to find out more about exoplanet science? A number of key documents, mission concept reports, search tools and other valuable resources have been compiled and are available on the NASA Exoplanet Program Documents webpage.
Social media users are invited to apply for access to a two-day event culminating in the triumphant end of NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn after nearly 20 years in space. Up to 25 selected participants for the September 14-15 event will tour, explore and share their experiences from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Writers, vloggers, photographers, educators, students, artists and other curious minds who use social media to engage specific audiences are encouraged to apply. The deadline is Thursday, June 29.
The Texas State Historical Association presents “An Evening with NASA Pioneers” on Saturday, August 19, at 5:00 pm at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. This Dine & Dialogue event includes dinner and conversation with astronauts and engineers from NASA’s first sixty years. Scheduled to speak are Walter Cunningham, Robert Crippen, Bonnie Dunbar, Bernard Harris, Glynn Lunney, Michael Fossum, Jerry Bostick, and Thomas Moser.
A short animation from NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio illustrates what happens during a solar eclipse.
The Exploratorium in San Francisco just announced the release of its new Total Solar Eclipse app. This free mobile and tablet app will have live video streams of the August 21 event. Use it to plan eclipse viewing and watch videos about eclipses and safe viewing. And everyone can join the conversation via the app’s Twitter view.