Sky Fest Event August 6


The Lunar and Planetary Institute, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, presents Sky Fest on Saturday, August 6, from 1 – 3 pm at the LPI. This free event is open to explorers of all ages and includes hands-on activities as well as viewing through telescopes (weather permitting). Make plans to join us.

LROC Quick Map



The LROC Quick Map includes overlays of lunar feature names, locations of our featured images, a Wide Angle Camera (WAC) basemap, WAC topography, Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) views with Sun angles to enhance surface features and more. Check back often as the NAC coverage increases and more datasets are added.

Mars Exploration Zone Map Design Competition


What kind of map is needed to best aid human explorers of Mars? The International Cartographic Association Commission on Planetary Cartography is inviting students, cartographers, and graphic artists from all countries to design Exploration Zone maps and participate in planning the first human mission to Mars. Create a cartographic product that can be used by the astronauts during their approximately one-year long mission within the Exploration Zone. All submitted maps must be accompanied by a short paper in English. Submission deadline is September 1, 2016.