Looking to explore your favorite space images in striking detail or take a virtual trip to Mars? The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has apps for that. All the best JPL science, images and more are available from several new JPL applications, including Space Images V2, Moon Tours, Be a Martian, and Space Place Prime. These apps will keep you informed and entertained no matter where you are.
Community college students from across the nation are invited to apply to become National Community College Aerospace Scholars. Students who dream of having a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) career can learn more about what NASA does and how to become a part of the exciting future of space exploration. Details are available online, and there will be two informational webinars on August 11 at 9 am and 4 pm CDT. Applications are due August 18.
The August 2014 issue of the Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter is now available online.
In the early days of lunar exploration, no one knew what the surface of the Moon was really like. Fifty years ago on July 31, 1964, NASA obtained the first close-up photographs of the Moon from Ranger 7, a spacecraft that made a historic impact that day. The short 1964 documentary “Lunar Bridgehead,” produced by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, chronicles the moments leading up to and following Ranger 7 mission’s lunar impact 50 years ago. The 29-minute film is available to watch online.
NASA has a growing collection of 3D models, textures, and images. Many are available for 3D printing. All of these resources are free to download and use and are without copyright.
The JPL Small-Body Database Browser provides data for all known asteroids and many comets. Available data include orbital elements, orbit diagrams, physical parameters, and discovery circumstances.
The Humans in Space Art Video Challenge is on! The Humans in Space Art Program and NASA’s International Space Station Program together invite college students and early career professionals to take a journey with us. Through the international Humans in Space Art Challenge, we invite you to explore “How will humans use space science, and technology to benefit humanity?” and to express your answer creatively in a video three minutes long or less. The deadline to submit a video is November 15, 2014.
Check out the Once and Future Moon blog of Dr. Paul Spudis of the Lunar and Planetary Institute on the Air & Space Smithsonian website.
Moon Zoo is a great place to learn about the Moon, its geology, lunar exploration, and more.
The American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog invites you to artify your science abstracts. Artistic creativity can help you reach a broader audience. Make an art version of your abstract and submit it to the blog Tumblr site.