New books featuring spectacular images of the Moon and Mars are currently on display in the library.
A recent post on the American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog discusses the process of creating comics that explain and communicate geoscience research.
A white paper has been released on the value of Participating Scientist programs within NASA’s planetary mission portfolio. The paper, led by LPI Director Louise Prockter and coauthored by representatives of the NASA Analysis and Assessment groups, is based on data collected from surveys of the planetary science community and mission leadership. The full report can be found online.
If you are in the area, make plans to attend the Rice University Observatory Open House on Friday, May 5, from 7:30 to 10:00 pm at Room 101 and the 4th Floor of the Brockman Hall for Physics. There will be a lecture from 7:30 to 8:00 pm entitled “The Great American Solar Eclipse,” followed by observation, weather permitting.
What’s up for May? This month, Jupiter is well placed for easy evening viewing, Saturn rises before midnight, and the Moon dances with Venus, Mercury and Mars.
The Cassini mission will come to an end on September 15 in a Grand Finale. Between now and September 2017, the spacecraft will undertake a daring set of orbits that is, in many ways, like a whole new mission. Cassini will leap over the planet’s icy rings and begin a series of weekly dives between the planet and the rings. Find out more about this final phase with the Grand Finale Toolkit. It features an overview, resources, 3-D interactive, milestones, and more.
Richard Binzel, Professor of Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Renee Dotson, Managing Editor at the LPI, pose with the 11 books that have been produced in the Space Science Series under a collaborative agreement between the University of Arizona Press and the LPI. Binzel serves as the General Editor for the Series, and Dotson serves as the Production Editor. All of these titles are available at the LPI library.
Learn about ocean worlds in our solar system and beyond in the special online presentation “Ocean Worlds.”
Did you miss “Mars: Are We There Yet?,” the recent Cosmic Explorations presentation by Dr. Patricia Craig of the LPI? You can watch the recording online, along with recordings of past lectures.