Make your own greeting cards with the Martian Shades of Winter Collection. These “HiCards” are in pdf format designed to print out double-sided on glossy paper. There are eleven card designs in all, each one featuring a HiRISE image of the Martian surface.
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.
REMINDER: The deadline for abstract submission for the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference is Tuesday, January 12. Abstracts must be in by 5 pm US Central Standard Time that day.
Find out What’s Up for January 2016. This month will feature a meteor shower, a binocular comet, and the winter circle of stars.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute remains closed today and tomorrow in observance of New Year’s Day. Regular hours will resume on Monday, January 4, 2016.
We wish everyone a happy and safe New Year!
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.
The latest issue of the Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin is now available online. The cover story is “The Lunar and Planetary Institute: Serving Planetary Science Since 1968.”
The 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.
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!
The 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference will feature special sessions “NASA’s Planetary Science Division Facilities,” “New Horizons at Pluto,” and “Ceres Unveiled: What We Have Learned from Dawn.”