Planetary Science Nuggets


Planetary Science Nuggets are PowerPoint slides that have been provided to NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (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, OSTP and the White House. The collection of those selected Nuggets is available online.

Sky Fest Event May 21

SkyFest - May2016

The Lunar and Planetary Institute, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, presents Sky Fest on Saturday, May 21, from 8 – 10 pm at the LPI. This free event is open to explorers of all ages and includes hands-on activities as well as viewing Jupiter and other night sky objects through telescopes (weather permitting). Make plans to join us.

CLSE Announces 2016 Intern Class


The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration of the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA Johnson Space Center are pleased to announce the 2016 class of Exploration Science Summer Interns. These interns and the LPI planetary science interns will be arriving soon and will have desks and work spaces in the library. Congratulations to the nine students chosen to participate in this summer’s program! 

Final 2015-2016 Cosmic Explorations Lecture on June 2



The final Cosmic Explorations lecture of the 2015-2016 season will be on Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Allan Treiman, senior staff scientist at the LPI, will present an update on “The Curiosity Rover on Mars.” This free public event will be held at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and will be streamed live through the USRA Ustream channel. A light reception and an opportunity to chat with the speaker will follow.