Category Archives: New and Noteworthy

SkyFest August 6


The Lunar and Planetary Institute, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, presents SkyFest on August 6 from 1 – 3 pm at the LPI. The topic is the Juno mission to Jupiter. This free event is open to explorers of all ages and includes hands-on activities as well as viewing through telescopes (weather permitting).

A Trip to Pluto


Made from more than 100 New Horizons images taken over six weeks of approach and close flyby, a new video produced by New Horizons scientists offers a “trip” to Pluto. It starts with a distant spacecraft’s view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon – closing the distance day by day – with a dramatic “landing” on the shoreline of Pluto’s informally named Sputnik Planum.

OSIRIS-REx Launch Professional Development Experience


Attention camp professionals and park educators/interpreters! Apply now for the Exploring Solar System Beginnings: The OSIRIS-REx Launch Professional Development Experience for Camp Professionals and Park Educators/Interpreters. Join educators from the Lunar and Planetary Institute for a two-day professional development training that will provide you with hands-on activities and other resources to help you bring NASA’s solar system science and exploration into your programs. The training will be followed by a day of activities at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, culminating in a viewing of the OSIRIS-REx launch! Training will be September 6 – 7 and launch activities are scheduled for September 8. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 22 at 5:00 pm CDT.

Viking 40th Anniversary


NASA is celebrating the first successful landing on Mars by a U.S. spacecraft – Viking 1 — with a history discussion from 2 to 3:30 pm EDT on Tuesday, July 19, and a Viking 40th anniversary symposium 8 am to 5:10 pm Wednesday, July 20 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Portions of these events that highlight the initial steps on the Journey to Mars will air live on NASA Television and stream on the agency’s website.