The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration of the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA Johnson Space Center are pleased to announce the 2016 class of Exploration Science Summer Interns. These interns and the LPI planetary science interns will be arriving soon and will have desks and work spaces in the library. Congratulations to the nine students chosen to participate in this summer’s program!
Did you know that the LPI has a Flickr page? New planetary images are added monthly.
Minutes and findings from the March 2016 meeting of the Planetary Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) are available for review.
LPI senior staff scientist David Kring will present “Lunar Exploration, A Captivating Science” at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 pm as part of their Distinguished Lecture Series. Tickets are available online or at the museum.
On May 9, Mercury will move across the face of the sun, offering a rare viewing opportunity for professional astronomers and backyard sky watchers alike. This edition of ScienceCasts explains the transit and the best way to view it.
The final Cosmic Explorations lecture of the 2015-2016 season will be on Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Allan Treiman, senior staff scientist at the LPI, will present an update on “The Curiosity Rover on Mars.” This free public event will be held at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and will be streamed live through the USRA Ustream channel. A light reception and an opportunity to chat with the speaker will follow.
Applications are being accepted now through June 3 for the Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater. This week-long field class and research project based at Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona (more popularly known as Meteor Crater) will introduce students to impact cratering processes and provide an opportunity to assist with a research project at the crater. Eligibility requirements and application details are available online.
The new book The Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon’s Resources written by LPI senior staff scientist Paul Spudis and published by Smithsonian Books has just been added to the library collection.
The Moon: ESA’s Interactive Guide has been released by the European Space Agency (ESA). The guide features many prominent ESA lunar researchers discussing the why and how of lunar exploration.
There will be a viewing of the planet Mercury as it crosses the face of the sun on Monday, May 9 from 10 am to noon in the parking lot of the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane in Houston. Join us and safely view the sun with a telescope provided by the LPI. This is a free event and all ages are welcome. (Viewing will not take place if skies are cloudy.)