Category Archives: New and Noteworthy

SkyFest on May 9 – The Dawn Mission Arrives at Ceres

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Join us at the Lunar and Planetary Institute on Saturday, May 9, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm for the next SkyFest event, “i C Ceres: The Dawn Mission Arrives at Ceres.” There will be hands-on activities, and, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, there will be viewing of the night sky. The event is free and open to explorers of all ages, but children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or adult the entire time they are visiting the LPI.

Name New Features on Pluto Campaign Extended

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The public has until Friday, April 24 to help name new features on Pluto and its orbiting satellites as they are discovered by NASA’s New Horizons mission. Announced in March, the agency wants to give the worldwide public more time to participate in the agency’s mission to Pluto that will make the first-ever close flyby of the dwarf planet on July 14. The campaign extension, in partnership with the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Paris, was due to the overwhelming response from the public.

NASA’s Earth Day #NoPlaceLikeHome Project

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This Earth Day, April 22, NASA is asking people around the world to share pictures and videos on social media that show there is no place like home – planet Earth. NASA’s Earth Day #NoPlaceLikeHome project seeks to get the public involved in highlighting the great diversity of the places, landscapes and ecosystems of our home planet. Participants are invited to post photos and videos that answer a simple question: What is your favorite place on Earth?