Join us the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm CDT for Google Plus Hangouts cohosted by Cosmoquest and the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE). During June’s Hangout, Brian Day discussed the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), and the video can be viewed online. The next Hangout will be on July 7 and will feature Dr. David Kring of CLSE.
2015: The Year of Pluto is a one-hour documentary which takes on the hard science and gives us answers to how the mission came about and why it matters. Interviews with Dr. James Green, John Spencer, Fran Bagenal, Mark Showalter and others share how New Horizons will answer many questions. New Horizons is part of the New Frontiers Program, managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog runs down a list of a few FAQs about scientists working with the media. What do reporters want from scientists? How should scientists interact with the media?
The new Texas Geology Web Map Viewer from the USGS is an interactive web-based tool that allows a broad range of users to explore the geology of Texas at a scale of 1:250,000. Users can navigate the map with a simple click-and-point tool, or by using the location search tool to search for common geographic place names, latitude/longitude coordinates, and other areas of interest. The interactive map viewer allows users to turn data layers on or off, identify layers of interest, and retrieve detailed information about each geologic formation, such as the feature name, geologic age, and feature description.
A new animated video of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, provides a unique perspective of this heavily cratered, mysterious world. The video is based on observations of Ceres that were taken from Dawn’s first mapping orbit, at an altitude of 8,400 miles, as well as the most recent navigational images taken from 3,200 miles.
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.