The June 2015 edition of the Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter is now available online.
“Suit Up – 50 Years of Spacewalks” celebrates 50 years of extravehicular activity (EVA) or spacewalks that began with the first two EVAs conducted by Russian Alexey Leonov in March 1965 and American astronaut Edward White in June 1965. This documentary features interviews with astronauts, engineers and designers and personal stories and thoughts that cover the full EVA experience. See it online.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has an archive of their “STEM in 30” program presentations online. The program consists of live, fast-paced, 30-minute webcasts designed to increase interest and engagement in STEM for students. Archived presentations cover a variety of space-related topics. Stay tuned for more dates and topics.
Today we welcome our LPI Summer Interns to the Lunar and Planetary Institute. For the next ten weeks these students will be working one-on-one with scientists at either the LPI or at the Johnson Space Center on research projects of current interest in planetary science. Their desks and workspaces are located in the library.
Enjoy 32 of the best Earth images taken by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in the Best of the Blue Dot mission gallery. Blue Dot is the name of his six-month International Space Station mission launched in May 2014. The term “Blue Dot” refers to American astronomer Carl Sagan’s description of Earth as “a pale blue dot” in a photograph taken by NASA’s Voyager spacecraft six billion km from our planet.
The Aeronautics and Space Report of the President, Fiscal Year 2014 Activities is available as a full-text document online. This report is a comprehensive description of the activities and accomplishments of United States agencies in the areas of aeronautics and space. These annual reports are prepared on a fiscal-year basis consistent with the federal government’s budgetary period. This year’s report covers activities that took place from October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014.
A new video and soundtrack have just been released that illustrate features that might be explored by a human-assisted sample-return lunar mission to the Schrodinger basin within the South Pole-Aitken basin. Watch Sampling the Lunar Farside in the South Pole-Aitken’s Schrödinger Basin online.
Today we welcome our Exploration Science Student Interns to the Lunar and Planetary Institute. These students will be involved in activities that support missions to both the Moon and near-Earth asteroids and that provide a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities. Their desks and workspaces are located in the library.
Check out the many e-books that are available from NASA. They cover topics such as NASA history, aeronautics, and technology.