The new issue of the Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin is now available online. The cover story is “From Mercury to Pluto: Planetary Exploration at APL.”
The New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto and its moons July 13/14, 2015, capturing the first ever close-up images of the Pluto system. The first close-up image of Pluto will be released on July 15. What will the world think the first time we see this image? What will you think? We want to know. Simply tweet the first thought(s) that comes to your mind when you see this first, historic image of Pluto. Won’t see the images until after July 15? No problem! Tweet your thoughts the first time you do see the image, whether it’s July 15 or August 15. When you do tweet your first thought(s), use the hashtag #PlutoRXN. Watch the Twitterfall on the page and read what others are thinking. Be a part of history and let your thoughts on this exciting event be known for generations to come!
This infographic from the European Space Agency summarizes evidence for active volcanoes on Venus, including atmospheric changes, young lava, and transient hot spots.
Check out the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Science Center online. There you will find science results, news and updates, images, and more. NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, manages SOFIA’s science and mission operations in cooperation with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI, University of Stuttgart).
Working with the Media Part 2–The American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog continues its series answering scientists’ frequently-asked questions about working with the media. How should scientists prepare for interviews? How much detail is needed when speaking with reporters?
Join us at the LPI on Saturday, August 8, for Passing Pluto, a special event for all ages. Learn about solar system exploration and hear about the first close-up pictures of Pluto received from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. Hands-on activities will run from 6:30 to 7:45 pm, and the presentation begins at 8 pm. It’s free and everyone is welcome.
#whyspacematters is a United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) photography competition held in cooperation with NASA and Astronaut Scott Kelly to highlight the role of space for sustainable development. Take a picture of what space means to you in your daily life in relation to the theme of the month and post it on Instagram using #whyspacematters. Photo submissions with short captions are due by the 10th of each month. Find out more online.
Did you know that the LPI Library has a collection of globes and models that can be checked out? We do!
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.