The Lunar and Planetary Institute will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen with regular hours on Monday, November 30. Have a safe and happy holiday!
The observatory at Rice University is having an open house tomorrow, November 20, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the 4th floor Observatory, Brockman Hall for Physics on campus. Professor of Physics and Astronomy Dr. Patricia Reiff will give a planetarium presentation on the evening and morning sky, including the dance of the morning planets. Observation (if clear) will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The open house is free and open to the public.
The NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest is going on now. This annual contest, open to all students up to 12th grade (18 years old) from anywhere in the world, is a competition of student-developed space settlement designs and related materials. Rules, guidelines, and submission information can be found online. All submissions must be received by March 1, 2016. Good luck!
Check out the Mars Survival Kit, lessons and activities to guide students’ exploration of Mars. There are activities for every level from K through 12.
Miss any of the recent Rice Space Institute Houston Spaceport lectures? Video recordings are online.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is accepting proposals for the 2016 Building STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) with Día mini-grants. The ALSC will award up to ten libraries $2,000 each to implement a Building a STEAM with Día program in their community. The project year for this grant is January 2016 through May 2016. For more information and to apply for a mini-grant, please visit the Building STEAM with Día mini-grants site. Applications are due Monday, November 30, 2015 at 5 pm CT.
Sixteen short film finalists of the first annual CineSpace competition will be screened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on Friday, November 13, beginning at 7 pm. The CineSpace competition is a collaborative project of Houston Cinema Arts Society and NASA–194 films were submitted and were judged on creativity, innovation, and attention to detail – the same hallmarks of spaceflight. Enjoy the awards presentation and screening of the films with astronaut Don Pettit and other guests. Find out more and get tickets online.
The annual meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) was held October 20-22 in Columbia, Maryland. The presentations given at the meeting are now online (except for those where permission was not given to post).
Abstract submission for the next Lunar and Planetary Science Conference is scheduled to open Friday, November 20.
The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series continues in 2016 with three free public lectures. On January 28, Dr. Scott Messenger will discuss the OSIRIS-REx mission to Asteroid Bennu, on April 28, Dr. Fran Bagenal will discuss the Juno mission at Jupiter, and on June 2, Dr. Allan Treiman will present a mission update on the Mars Science Laboratory. Make plans to join us.