Category Archives: New and Noteworthy

LPI Summer Intern Program Applications Accepted Now

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The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. As a Summer Intern, you will work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. The 10-week program runs from June 5, 2017 – August 11, 2017. The deadline to apply is January 6, 2017.

This Day in History: Mariner 9 Orbits Mars

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On this day in 1971, Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet – Mars. The primary goal of the mission was to map about 70% of the surface during the first three months of operation. The dedicated imaging mission began in late November, but because of a major dust storm on Mars during this time, photos taken prior to about mid-January 1972 did not show great detail. By February 1972, the spacecraft had identified about 20 volcanoes, one of which, later named Olympus Mons, dwarfed any similar feature on Earth.

The First Billion Years Intiative

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The Lunar and Planetary Institute is excited to announce a new initiative — The First Billion Years — designed to encourage trans-disciplinary study of this formative era. The initiative’s core will be a coordinated series of topical conferences, 2017–2019, emphasizing fundamental processes during The First Billion Years: Accretion, Differentiation, Bombardment, and the Rise of Habitability. Beyond the conferences, we anticipate spinoffs of special sessions at other meetings, focused special publications, and topical workshops. Details and a proposed schedule are online. 

Universe in the Classroom Electronic Newsletter

uitc93-1The Universe in the Classroom is an electronic educational newsletter for teachers and other educators around the world who want to help students of all ages learn more about the wonders of the universe. The Fall 2016 issue is available online now. The feature article is “Getting Ready for the All American Eclipse! An NGSS Storyline Approach to Classroom Instruction.”

Cosmic Explorations Presents Dr. Buck Sharpton

The next Cosmic ExplorationsSharpton lecture is next week on Thursday, November 17. LPI senior staff scientist Dr. Buck Sharpton will be discussing impact cratering across the inner solar system. The presentation begins at 7:30 pm at the USRA-Houston building, and as always, it’s free. A reception will follow. If you can’t make it, watch it streamed live through the USRA Ustream channel. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend or watch.

Become a Planet Hunter

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Are you ready to discover new worlds? Become a Planet Hunter. As a Planet Hunter, you can inspect stars’ brightness measurements called light curves to find planets missed by automated detection algorithms. No training required is required — all you need is your keen eyes and a web browser to join the hunt.

LROC Quickmap

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The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Narrow Angle Camera (LROC NAC) is systematically collecting images, with the ultimate goal of complete coverage of the Moon. Quickmap allows you to quickly sort through all these data. It includes overlays of lunar feature names, locations of featured images, a Wide Angle Camera (WAC) basemap, WAC topography, NACs with Sun angles to enhance surface features and more.