Author Archives: Linda Chappell

USRA’s Earth Science Picture of the Day


The Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) highlights the diverse processes and phenomena which shape our planet and our lives. EPOD, a service of Universities Space Research Association, collects and archives photos, imagery, graphics, and artwork with short explanatory captions and links exemplifying features within the Earth system. The community is invited to contribute images, captions, and relevant links.

A Night at the Museum with Dr. Paul Schenk – TONIGHT


Join the LPI’s own Dr. Paul Schenk at the Houston Museum Natural Science for his presentation “NASA’s Year of the Dwarves: Exploration of Ceres and Pluto” tonight at 6:30 p.m.

LPI staff and friends receive $5 off the regular ticket price for this event at the museum celebrating the New Horizons mission. Present the coupon code Lec$5off when purchasing tickets at the museum box office or by calling 713-639-4629. (The discount coupon will not be accepted for online ticket purchases.)

Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture: 13 Things That Saved Apollo 13


On Thursday, September 3, the Rice Space Institute presents the next Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture, “13 Things That Saved Apollo 13.” Jerry Woodfill, former Apollo 13 Spacecraft Warning System Engineer, will speak about his personal experience during that April week in 1970 and his research of the event. The talk will be presented in McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, on the campus of Rice University and will begin at 7 pm with a reception at 6:30 pm in the lobby.

Mars Trek and Experience Curiosity


On the three-year anniversary of the Mars landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover, NASA is unveiling two new online tools–Mars Trek and Experience Curiosity–that open the mysterious terrain of the Red Planet to a new generation of explorers, inviting the public to help with its journey to Mars.

  • Mars Trek is a free, web-based application that provides high-quality, detailed visualizations of the planet using real data from 50 years of NASA exploration and allowing astronomers, citizen scientists and students to study the Red Planet’s features.
  • Experience Curiosity allows viewers to journey along with the rover on its Martian expeditions and simulates Mars in 3-D based on actual data from Curiosity and NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), giving users first-hand experience in a day in the life of a Mars rover.