Explore! 2015 Calendar of Events

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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.

Safeguarding the “Special Regions” of Mars

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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.