NASA is looking for innovative ideas to use in situ (in place) Martian resources to help establish a human presence on the Mars. The In Situ Resource Utilization Challenge offers the public an opportunity to submit designs for structures on Mars that would use existing material. The agency plans to award $10,000 to the first-place winner, with $2,500 each for two second-place submissions. The challenge was announced today at an event honoring the five-year anniversary of the government-wide platform Challenge.gov.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. As a Summer Intern, you will work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. Application deadline is January 8. Find out more online.
The October 2015 edition of the Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter is now available online.
An interview with Cellular and Molecular Neuroscientist Dr. Jancy McPhee, Director of Humans in Space Art (HISA), appears online at the Carbon Culture Review website. She discusses this program that bridges the gap between space exploration and the arts.
The latest issue of the Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin is now available online. The cover story is “Pluto: Up Close and Personal.” Science editor Paul Schenk shares his personal experience during the recent New Horizons encounter with Pluto.
Did you miss the September Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series presentation by Paul Schenk? A video of the lecture is now available online for viewing.
Highlights from the September 28 briefing with NASA officials discussing the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars is available online.
Find out the latest about the 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference scheduled for March 21 – 25, 2016 in The Woodlands, Texas. Keep track of important dates, check out accommodation options, and more.
Here’s a nice visualization of the dwarf planet Pluto including size, composition, distance from the Sun and the size/orbits of its moons. (Credit: Space Facts, http://space-facts.com/pluto-information-infographic/)