There are several important Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) deadlines approaching.
- Abstract Deadline: Tuesday, January 6, 2015
- Dwornik Award Applications: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
- Career Development Award Applications: Friday, January 9, 2015
- Peripheral Meeting Requests: Friday, January 9, 2015
At the end of each year, it has become a MESSENGER mission tradition to compile some of the featured images as a way to celebrate the mission’s accomplishments. Revisit the previous compilations from 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, highlighting the many views of Mercury that the mission has provided over its years of operations.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute will be closed for the holidays beginning at noon today, December 24. We will reopen with regular hours on Monday, January 5, 2015.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!
The NASA Planetary Data System is pleased to announce a new delivery of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) data for the following instruments: CRaTER, DLRE, LAMP, LEND, LOLA, LROC and RSS.
From eclipses to meteor showers to spacecraft encounters, there is always something happening in our solar system! There are also many annual celebrations of Earth and space. These events present opportunities for educators to share the excitement of space science and exploration with their audiences. A list of events taking place in 2015 is available on the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore! Calendar webpage.
To celebrate MESSENGER’S 10 years of spectacular science, the public is invited to suggest names for five impact craters on Mercury. Submissions will be accepted until January 15, 2015. Find out more online.
An international forum of scientific experts, the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG), has worked to create guidelines ensuring that future explorers of Mars don’t contaminate potential hot spots for Martian life with microbes from back home. The full report about how to safeguard these hot spots, or “special regions,” has been published in the journal Astrobiology.
Courtesy of the European Space Agency, wish your friends and family happy holidays by sending an out-of-this-world e-card.
The winter solstice is approaching. Find out everything you need to know about the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere from EarthSky.