‘Pluto Time’ Mosaic Connects People with Science


Since the Pluto Time campaign was announced in June, NASA received more than 339,000 visits to the Pluto Time widget and almost 7,000 image submissions from across the globe, including: the U.S., Italy, New Zealand, Netherlands, Canada, Brazil, Qatar, France, Australia, Romania, India, Colombia, Venezuela, Egypt, Greece, Russia, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, England, Malaysia, Uruguay and Spain. Thousands of those submissions have now been assembled into three stunning mosaics of Pluto, Charon, and a combined image of the two.

NASA/JPL Edu Website


The education office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently relaunched its website with new capabilities and offerings for formal and informal educators, K-12 students and aspiring JPL interns and fellows. The updated website, called “NASA/JPL Edu,” features a growing assortment of educator and student activities and resources, events, internship programs and educational news and blogs.

Daily Views of Earth Available on New NASA Website

epicday260-1041x586NASA has launched a new website so the world can see images of the full, sunlit side of the Earth every day. The images are taken by a NASA camera one million miles away on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Air Force. Once a day NASA will post at least a dozen new color images of Earth acquired from 12 to 36 hours earlier by Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC). Each daily sequence of images will show the Earth as it rotates, thus revealing the whole globe over the course of a day. The new website also features an archive of EPIC images searchable by date and continent.

“What Happens When All Articles are Easy to Find?”


With online journals, digitized archives, and ease of comprehensive relevance ranked searching, the co-founder of Google Scholar Anurag Acharya asks “What happens when all articles are easy to find?” This 2015 Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) Conference keynote session explores how researcher behavior has evolved in response to these changes.

Planetary Science Nuggets


A new website has been created that contains the collection of NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Planetary Science Nuggets for 2015 and 2014. Planetary Science Nuggets are PowerPoint slides that have been provided to NASA’s SMD Planetary Science Division by members of the scientific community to highlight important science results or mission activities. A subset of these submissions are selected by the Planetary Science Division to be presented to SMD leadership and potentially NASA leadership, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the White House. The collection on this website represents those selected nuggets and will be updated as new nuggets are accepted. Anyone in the planetary science community is encouraged to submit nuggets.