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).
In the future, Mars will need all kinds of explorers, farmers, surveyors, teachers, and technicians. Join the Journey to Mars as we explore with robots and send humans there one day. A set of Mars Explorers Wanted posters is available to download and print. Mars needs YOU!
Journey through the alphabet and learn about asteroids, Earth’s rocky neighbors, with the Asteroid Alphabet. This educational resource includes downloadable and printable cards that showcase an asteroid in our solar system for each letter of the alphabet.
Here’s a NASA infographic that summarizes the history of the exploration of Jupiter. This colorful poster is free to download and print.
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.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute library has made a number of classic lunar and planetary publications available online as e-books. Check them out.
Did you know that the LPI library has a lot more than books and journals? We do! We have DVDs, globes, models, teacher’s guides and children’s materials, documents, maps, and images.
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.
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.
The July 2016 edition of the Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter is now available online.