A new multiagency report, The National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan, has just been released. While no known near-Earth objects (NEOs) currently pose significant risks of impact, the report is a key step to addressing a nationwide response to any future risks. The full report can be found online.
The 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference will be held March 18-22, 2019. Save the date!
The LPI has a Flickr page with planetary images, photos from meetings and special events, and more. Take a look at the recent additions.
Make plans to join us for the 2018-2019 season of Cosmic Explorations lectures. The series, The LPI at 50: A Half Century of Solar System Exploration, will examine how our understanding of the solar system has changed in the past 50 years. Recent and current planetary missions will be highlighted.
The Up-Goer 5 Challenge is happening again at this year’s American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in Washington, DC. Participants must present five-minute scientific talks using the thousand most common words in English. Find out more about this session online.
A new reception gallery exhibit is on display in the USRA-Houston building highlighting the work of the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Education and Public Engagement team. Some of their activities include scientist engagement workshops, Sky Fest open house events, planetarium shows, and workshops for camp professionals.
Inspiration and Exploration since 1968: A scientist studies a map in the first Regional Planetary Image Facility (RPIF) at the West Mansion. A network of these facilities was established in 1977 to maintain photographic and digital data as well as mission documentation.
Episode 48 of Houston We Have a Podcast, the official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space Center, features Ryan Zeigler, a planetary scientist and the lunar sample curator. He discusses the Moon rocks brought to Earth during Apollo, the facilities that keep them, and what we’re still learning from them.
The Spacecraft AR app, created by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, uses native mobile augmented reality to bring spacecraft explorers from across the solar system to whatever space you’re in. The app allows you to view interactive 3D spacecraft models scaled to table-top size or in their true-to-life proportions. Explore detailed information about these fascinating missions. There’s a camera function too.
Mark your calendars – this year International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is October 20. Find out about InOMN and explore resources for this event online.