Friday, April 22, is Earth Day. This year, NASA wants to capture what people all around the world are doing to protect, improve and celebrate Earth. Take a picture or a short video of whatever Earth-focused activity you are doing on Earth Day and post it on social media with the hashtag #24Seven. Pictures and videos can be posted to Twitter, Instagram and to the official NASA Facebook Event page. Share your Earth Day!
The Zooniverse team invites you to review and classify surface features found at Mars’ south pole taken from orbit. Help planetary scientists characterize surfaces on Mars by examining images taken with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Context Camera. A Terrain Spotter’s Guide and FAQs are offered as helpful resources.
LPI Senior Staff Scientist Dr. Paul Spudis has a new book coming out. The Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon’s Resources, published by Penguin Random House, will be available on April 26. It can be pre-ordered now.
How would you like to make your own Pluto globe using NASA’s New Horizons updated global map? You can! The projection and instructions are available on a recent Planetary Society blog post.
Did you know that the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has a number of educational videos and animations available online? They have many short videos covering topics such as volcanoes and remote sensing.
Did you attend the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference? How was your experience? The online conference survey is still open and we’d like your feedback.
The Physics Lecture Series at the University of Houston-Clear Lake is free and open to the public. Lectures are held Monday evenings in the Student Services and Classroom Building (SSCB) Room 1100 and begin at 7:00 pm. Topics include cosmology and gravitational wave astronomy. Attend the three remaining lectures this semester, or watch recordings of previous lectures online.
Check out What’s Up for April 2016 from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This month it’s Jupiter, Mars, the Lyrid meteor shower and 2016’s best views of Mercury.
Here’s a short virtual tour of the library at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. If you are in our area, stop by and have a look around!
For those with an interest in history and space, the new publication “Historical Studies in the Societal Impact of Spaceflight” is an official NASA e-book and is available as a free download.