Do you need a planetary scientist, astronomer, heliophysicist, or earth scientist to speak to your group? The NASA Science Mission Directorate Scientist Speaker’s Bureau request form will generate a list of potential speakers based upon your request and enable you to contact them.
Want to learn more about the permanent darkness inside Mercury’s craters? Use the MESSENGER Water-Ice Data Exploration (WIDE) tool. The four views shown here were captured from the WIDE tool, and the evidence from the radar, topography, shadow, and temperature datasets all support the presence of water ice in this crater.
This high-resolution geological map of Vesta is derived from Dawn spacecraft data. Brown colors represent the oldest, most heavily cratered surface. Purple colors in the north and light blue represent terrains modified by the Veneneia and Rheasilvia impacts, respectively. Light purples and dark blue colors below the equator represent the interior of the Rheasilvia and Veneneia basins. Greens and yellows represent relatively young landslides or other downhill movement and crater impact materials, respectively. This map unifies 15 individual quadrangle maps and is a Mollweide projection, centered on 180 degrees longitude using the Dawn Claudia coordinate system.
Data gathered by U.S. government sensors and released to NASA for use by the science community reveal that small impact events are frequent and random. A map of these small impact events – known as fireballs or bolides – recently released by NASA shows the frequency and approximate energy released by bolide events detected from 1994 through 2013.
Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko has been in the news a lot lately. How much do you know about comets? NASA’s Lunar and Planetary Science: Comets webpage has lots of resources including a fact sheet, FAQs, mission information, images, and more.
The deadline for submissions to the Humans in Space Art Video Challenge has been extended to Sunday, November 30. Submit a video of any style three minutes or less that explores the question “How will space, science, and technology benefit humanity?”
Electronic versions of key works by D. M. Barringer, B. C. Tilghman, and G. K. Gilbert about the controversy surrounding the origin of Meteor Crater in Arizona have been made available on the LPI website. (Note that the 1910 work of Barringer is published with the permission of his family. The copyrights have expired on the other works provided online.)
Need to convey tricky science concepts to others? Try doodling. Simple drawings can be effective at capturing complex ideas and making them more accessible to a broader audience.
The latest entry on the American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog explains how cartoons can provide visual simplification and enhance science communication.
Registration is now open for the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Lots of information has been added recently to the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) website, including registration information, updated special sessions, updated press information, and more.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute is hosting a special Exploration Science Summer Intern Program to build on the success of the former Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program that was designed to evaluate possible landing sites on the Moon for robotic and human exploration missions. The program for 2015 is designed to have the same impact on future exploration activities, but has a broader scope that includes both the Moon and near-Earth asteroids. Activities may involve assessments and traverse plans for a particular destination (e.g., on the lunar farside) or a more general assessment of a class of possible exploration targets (e.g., small near-Earth asteroids).
This program is open to graduate students in geology, planetary science, planetary astronomy, and related programs. It is also open to exceptional undergraduate students with at least 50 semester hours of credit in those fields. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2015.