Category Archives: New and Noteworthy

Genesis Solar Wind Sample Catalog Update

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The Genesis mission, launched in August 2001, collected solar wind for 28 months and returned to Earth in September 2004. These samples are analyzed by sophisticated laboratory instruments to precisely determine the composition of the Sun and derive a good estimate of the composition of the solar nebula at the time when the planets were forming. The catalog of Genesis solar wind samples was recently updated in December 2015 and can be searched online.

LROC Images: Featured Lunar Sites


Check out the collection of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) images from featured lunar sites. From new lunar features that our camera discovered, to the closest images of the Apollo landing sites since the astronauts left, these are some of the most requested LROC image collections. The collection includes Ranger Landing Sites, Apollo Landing Sites, New Impacts, and 21st Century Landing Sites.

Mars Rover Celebration

logo_marsroverThe 14th Annual Mars Rover Celebration will take place on January 30, 2016 on the University of Houston campus in the Houston Room of the Student Center. This event is an exciting educational opportunity for primary and middle school students to learn how to build a model rover to perform a mission on Mars. Over 700 students representing 200 teams are expected. Find out how to help by being a volunteer.

Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Greetings


Christmas Eve, 1968. Millions around the world were watching and listening as the Apollo 8 astronauts – Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders – became the first humans to orbit another world. As their command module floated above the lunar surface, the astronauts beamed back images of the moon and Earth and took turns reading from the book of Genesis, closing with a wish for everyone “on the good Earth.” Happy holidays!