Need to book peripheral meeting space at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference? Find out about the peripheral meeting policy and other details online. The deadline is Thursday, January 14.
Whyspacematters is a United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) photography competition 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 several suggested themes and post it on Instagram using #whyspacematters and tagging @UNOOSA. Include a caption with a short explanation about the photo. The deadline for submission of photos under a monthly theme is the 10th of each month. Details are available online.
Locations of more than 1,000 craters mapped on Pluto by NASA’s New Horizons mission indicate a wide range of surface ages, which likely means that Pluto has been geologically active throughout its history.
Geoscience education can lead to many interesting career paths. The American Geophysical Union’s “Paths Through Science” provides some examples of fascinating careers. If you have an interesting geoscience career path, consider sharing your story.
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) events calendar lists upcoming educator professional development events. Many are one-hour webinars for K-12 educators.
Now and throughout NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter (arriving on July 4, 2016), amateur astronomers are invited to submit images of Jupiter from their own telescopes. These views will be the basis for online discussions about which of Jupiter’s swirls, bands and spots the JunoCam instrument should image as it makes repeated, close passes over the planet. The ground-based views will be essential for identifying and tracking changes in the planet’s cloud features as Juno approaches. Find out more at the JunoCam website.
The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration at the Lunar and Planetary Institute has a new traveling library exhibit available for loan. The exhibit, Protecting our Home, discusses the threat of impacts from asteroids, they damage they can cause, and how scientists are studying asteroids to better understand how to mitigate potential impacts from space.
The December 2015 edition of the Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter is now available online.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute has announced its ninth LPI Career Development Award, which is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. applicants. This award will be given to graduate students who have submitted a first-author abstract for presentation at the 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Application deadline is January 15. Find out more online.