Abstracts are now being accepted for Accretion: Building New Worlds, the first topical conference of the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s “The First Billion Years” initiative. The conference will be held August 15–18 at the LPI in Houston, Texas. The abstract deadline is June 1 — submit your abstract online.
The American Geophysical Union’s Sharing Science program helps scientists communicate about Earth and space sciences with a broad audience. It offers lots of resources and ideas to improve science communication and visibility. Find out more about how to share your science.
The Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms, or THEMIS, mission recently marked its 10th anniversary in space. In 2010, after the end of THEMIS’ prime mission, two of the five mission spacecraft split off to start the Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon’s Interaction with the Sun (ARTEMIS) mission to study the Moon and its space environment. Here is an infographic that describes THEMIS by the numbers.
Check out this fact sheet about solar and lunar eclipse observations enabled by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). It can be found on the International Observe the Moon Night 2017 website.
Are you a student attending the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference for the first time? Are you unsure how to navigate the conference? Are you nervous about networking? The “LPSC Insights: Get Connected, Stay Connected” program will introduce registered first-time student attendees to experienced LPSC attendees to learn about the conference and networking. Pairs will spend Monday morning, March 20, attending sessions and networking together. Interested students and experienced LPSC attendees can register for the program online. The deadline for students to register is March 10 at 5:00 pm US CST.
Librarians, camp programmers, and other out-of-school time facilitators are invited to join STAR_Net and the Lunar and Planetary Institute on March 1 for two free professional development webinars on “Playful Building” activities — Simple Machines and Design Challenges. Register online.
If in Houston, consider attending the next Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture on Thursday, February 23 at Herring Hall on the campus of Rice University. Rick Tumlinson, founder of the New Worlds Institute, will present “Gods & Rockets: The Who? What? and Why? of the Space Revolution.” A reception will be held at 6:30 pm followed by the lecture at 7:00 pm. This free event is open to the public.
A recent post on the American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog discusses the benefits of promoting scientific research through social media and other online platforms.
To celebrate the many ways Cassini’s exploration of Saturn has sparked curiosity and wonder, the mission is launching a campaign that will continue through its conclusion in September. The activity, called “Cassini Inspires,” invites members of the public to share their original Saturn-inspired artistic creations in a variety of different media (including painting, music, poetry, fiction, video or any format that can be shared online). To participate, artists can post their creations on the social media platform of their choice, and tag them #CassiniInspires. How has Cassini inspired you?