The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been in space for five years, and in those five years, it has continued to shape our view of the Moon. In honor of the fifth anniversary, the LRO project kicked off the Moon as Art Campaign. The public was asked to select a favorite orbiter image of the moon for the cover of a special image collection. After two weeks of voting, the public has selected Tycho Central Peak as its favorite moon image. The stunningly beautiful Tycho Central Peak rests inside an impact crater and has a boulder over 100 meters wide at its summit. It showcases a breathtaking view of the lunar landscape.
All of the 2014 LPI Summer Interns have arrived and have begun working on their projects. Since 1977, groups of undergraduate student interns have spent part of their summer performing research at the LPI or with the JSC Astromaterials group. Lists of former summer interns along with group photos are available at the LPI Summer Intern Alumni webpage.
The LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration has prepared a series of video simulations of impact cratering processes for classroom use. The videos explore how impactor size and velocity, as well as target gravity and temperature, affect the sizes and morphologies of impact craters. The videos can be run in real time from the website or, if users prefer, downloaded to their own computers.
United States Topo quadrangles are digital topographic maps produced by the National Geospatial Program of the US Geological Survey (USGS). Created in the familiar 7.5-minute quadrangle format like the legacy paper maps, US Topo maps support frequent updating, wide and fast public distribution, and basic, on-screen geographic analysis. US Topo maps are available for free Web download from the USGS Store.
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is asking scientists to share their work and field locations by submitting a Postcard from the Field to the AGU’s new Tumblr site. Take a picture of your field site and submit it, along with a short, postcard-style note, and tag it as a “postcard from the field.”
The final episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey aired last night. Senior Producer and Director of the original COSMOS series Geoff Haines-Stiles shares his thoughts and reactions about the remake and how it compares to the original.
Need tips on how to communicate your science? Need advice on how to create visuals for a presentation? Visit “The Plainspoken Scientist,” the American Geophysical Union’s blog on science communication for scientists.
The Khan Academy, a not-for-profit organization providing free world-class education online for anyone anywhere, offers math and science content including physics, cosmology and astronomy. The Khan Academy has also partnered with NASA, the Exploratorium and the California Academy of Sciences among others to bring additional content to students, parents and teachers.