Astronomer Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute discusses the accuracies and inaccuracies of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence as portrayed in the 1997 movie “Contact.” This presentation was part of the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s 2014–2015 Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series — “Science” on the Silver Screen.
NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) mission comes to a planned, but nonetheless dramatic, end as it slams into the surface of Mercury’s at about 14,082 kilometers per hour (8750 miles per hour), creating a new crater on the planet’s surface.
New Horizons flies by Pluto, making it the first spacecraft to explore the dwarf planet. The mission has revolutionized researchers’ understanding of Pluto, showing a complex world with towering ice mountains and vast ice plains.
Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution V, co-edited by LPI staff scientist David Kring, is published by the Geological Society of America.
LPI staff and workshop attendees have the unique experience of seeing a life-sized Mars rover firsthand. The rover makes an appearance during the First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars, held at the LPI on October 27–30.
Asteroids IV is published by the University of Arizona Press. This volume marks the 40th book in the prestigious Space Science Series, and the 11th volume produced in a unique collaborative agreement between the LPI and the University of Arizona Press.