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  • August | 2015 | What's New
    to the Moon The Geologic History of the Moon Basaltic Volcanism on the Terrestrial Planets Traces of Catastrophe and Lunar Bases and Space Activities of the 21st Century This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on August 25 2015 by Linda Chappell New Reception Gallery Exhibit in USRA Houston Building The new reception gallery exhibit in the USRA Houston building is To Boldly and Safely Go Biostatistics in Space by USRA s Dr Robert Ploutz Snyder a biostatistician who works at the Johnson Space Center This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on August 24 2015 by Linda Chappell LPSC Special Sessions Deadline Want to propose a special session for the 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Submit ideas and suggestions for special sessions no later than Friday October 2 2015 via the online submission form This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on August 21 2015 by Linda Chappell New Titles in Astrobiology on Display New Titles in Astrobiology is the newest display in the library Items on display may be checked out This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy Recent Additions on August 20 2015 by Linda Chappell Send Your Name to Mars on InSight Mars enthusiasts around the world can participate in NASA s journey to Mars by adding their names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA s InSight Mars lander scheduled to launch next year Hurry the last day to register is September 8 This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on August 19 2015 by Linda Chappell Mars on the Go Apps for Mobile and Tablet Devices Mars on the go Keep up with NASA s Mars missions with several Mars apps for mobile and tablet devices This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy

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  • July | 2015 | What's New
    limited to using only the 1000 most common words in the English language to explain your science The latest post on the American Geophysical Union s blog The Plainspoken Scientist shares how plain language communications skills can be useful in describing scientific concepts This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on July 24 2015 by Linda Chappell Planet Four Terrains Science team members for NASA s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are soliciting help from the public to analyze exotic features near the south pole of Mars By categorizing features visible in images from the orbiter s Context Camera volunteers are using their own computers to help the team identify specific areas for even more detailed examination with the orbiter s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment HiRISE camera HiRISE can reveal more detail than any other camera ever put into orbit around Mars Information about how to participate is at the Planet Four Terrains website This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on July 23 2015 by Linda Chappell AbSciCon 2015 Presentations Online If you missed a talk at AbSciCon 2015 or were unable to attend the plenary sessions and some afternoon sessions were recorded and archived presentations are available online This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on July 22 2015 by Linda Chappell USRA Scholarship Awards Deadline is July 31 The USRA Scholarship Awards provide college scholarship awards to students who have shown a career interest in science or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education Up to four scholarship awards are presented to undergraduate students each fall Applicants must be full time undergraduate students attending a four year accredited college or university that offers courses leading to a degree in science or engineering and applicants must be within two years of earning

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  • June | 2015 | What's New
    Linda Chappell Pluto s First Close Up What will be your PlutoRXN reaction 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 entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on June 24 2015 by Linda Chappell Evidence for Active Volcanoes on Venus Infographic This infographic from the European Space Agency summarizes evidence for active volcanoes on Venus including atmospheric changes young lava and transient hot spots This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on June 23 2015 by Linda Chappell SOFIA Science Center Online 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 This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on June 22 2015 by Linda

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  • May | 2015 | What's New
    Sampling the Lunar Farside in the South Pole Aitken s Schrödinger Basin online This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on May 27 2015 by Linda Chappell Welcome Exploration Science Student Interns Today we welcome our Exploration Science Student Interns to the Lunar and Planetary Institute These students will be involved in activities that support missions to both the Moon and near Earth asteroids and that provide a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities Their desks and workspaces are located in the library This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on May 26 2015 by Linda Chappell NASA E Book Collection Check out the many e books that are available from NASA They cover topics such as NASA history aeronautics and technology This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on May 22 2015 by Linda Chappell Holiday Closure for Memorial Day The Lunar and Planetary Institute will be closed Monday May 25 in observance of Memorial Day We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday May 26 This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on May 21 2015 by Linda Chappell Seth Shostak s Lecture Now Online Did you miss Dr Seth Shostak s lecture at the LPI on May 7 He discussed the scientific community s attempts to work with Hollywood in an effort to make movies more scientifically accurate This presentation was part of the Lunar and Planetary Institute s 2014 2015 Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series Science on the Silver Screen It is now available to watch online This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on May 20 2015 by Linda Chappell Dr Schenk s 3 D House of Satellites LPI scientist Dr Paul Schenk shares his thoughts about the upcoming Pluto encounter on his blog Dr Schenk s 3 D House of Satellites This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on May 19 2015 by Linda Chappell Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference 2015 Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference LunGradCon 2015 to be held on Monday July 20 2015 at the NASA Ames Research Center preceding the NASA Exploration Science Forum With the expanded interests of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute SSERVI the scope of this year s LunGradCon is expanded to include both lunar and small bodies science LunGradCon provides an opportunity for grad students and early career postdocs to present their research on lunar and small body science in a low stress friendly environment being critiqued only by their peers In addition to oral presentations the conference presents opportunities for professional development and networking with fellow grad students and postdocs as well as senior members of SSERVI A limited amount of funding will be provided for travel and lodging costs The deadline for registration and abstract submission is June 5th 2015 11 59 PM PDT This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on May 18 2015 by Linda Chappell Next SkyFest International Observe the

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  • April | 2015 | What's New
    2015 Here are some viewing tips and a schedule of upcoming events to help you enjoy the meteor showers of 2015 This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on April 27 2015 by Linda Chappell Mars Comparisons The Lunar and Planetary Institute s Flickr page contains an album of Mars comparisons a collection of visuals that show size relationships of Mars and its prominent geographical features many are compared to the size of countries and US states This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on April 24 2015 by Linda Chappell Official Image for Hubble 25th Anniversary NASA unveiled the official image for the Hubble Space Telescope s 25th Anniversary featuring a giant cluster of about 3 000 stars called Westerlund 2 This image was released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch on April 24 1990 This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on April 23 2015 by Linda Chappell Happy Earth Day Today April 22 is Earth Day First celebrated in 1970 the event is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network Their year round mission is to broaden diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide through a combination of education public policy and consumer campaigns Find out more online This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on April 22 2015 by Linda Chappell NASA gov Has a New Look Based on extensive user feedback and testing NASA gov has been modernized to work across all devices and screen sizes eliminate visual clutter and put the focus on the continuous flow of news updates images and videos Check out their new look This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on April 20 2015 by Linda Chappell LPI Library Catalog Online Did you know that

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  • March | 2015 | What's New
    Noteworthy on March 27 2015 by Linda Chappell NASA Educator Professional Development Presents Hubble Space Telescope HST 25th Celebration Webinar Series in April April 2015 is Hubble Space Telescope Month The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is providing six 1 hour webinars during the month of April to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope Educators are invited to attend and learn how to incorporate exciting images videos and activities into classroom instruction for students of all ages Register online This entry was posted in Education New and Noteworthy on March 26 2015 by Linda Chappell Our Place in the Universe NRC Space Science Week Public Lecture What is our place in the Universe Throughout human history astronomy has repeatedly overthrown our understanding of this question and new telescopes and astronomers continue to do so Join Jason Kalirai of the Space Telescope Science Institute on April 1 at 6 30 pm EDT as he explores 6 000 years of human astronomy showcases the biggest discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope including some of his own work and ponders current mysteries of the Universe that may be unlocked by NASA s next flagship telescopes This talk is open to the public and accessible to all ages It will be webcast for those who cannot attend Find out more online and register soon This entry was posted in Education New and Noteworthy on March 25 2015 by Linda Chappell Desert Moon Documentary Now Online Watch the documentary film Desert Moon online for free This 35 minute film tells the story of Dr Gerard Kuiper and the dawn of planetary science The film was produced by Jason Davis of the Planetary Society and is narrated by astronaut Mark Kelly This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on March 24 2015 by Linda Chappell Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Gemini Fifty years ago today on March 23 1965 the first manned Gemini mission was flown Astronauts Virgil Gus Grissom and John Young made three orbits around the Earth in 4 hours and 52 minutes The Gemini program defined and tested the skills NASA would need to go to the Moon in the 1960s and 70s and had four main goals to test an astronaut s ability to fly long duration missions to understand how spacecraft could rendezvous and dock in orbit around the Earth and the moon to perfect re entry and landing methods and to further understand the effects of longer space flights on astronauts Find out more at NASA s online presentation Gemini A Bridge to the Moon This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on March 23 2015 by Linda Chappell LPSC Recordings and PDF Presentations Available Online Miss one of the many events at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference this past week There are video recordings and PDF presentations of lots of the events on the LPSC website This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on March

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  • February | 2015 | What's New
    with Schoolyard Geology from the United States Geological Survey USGS This website helps explore geological features found in a typical schoolyard through activities and examples of what to look for creating a rich geologic experience This entry was posted in Education New and Noteworthy on February 23 2015 by Linda Chappell Plainspoken Scientist Science Communication as a Responsibility In a recent post the American Geophysical Union s blog The Plainspoken Scientist presents the idea that scientists have a responsibility to communicate with the public This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on February 19 2015 by Linda Chappell Special Presentation by Dr Paul Schenk NASA s Year of the Dwarves Join us at the LPI on Thursday February 26 at 7 30 pm for a special presentation by Dr Paul Schenk NASA s Year of the Dwarves Exploration of Ceres and Pluto Dr Schenk will provide a preview of the Dawn and New Horizons missions and will discuss what scientists hope to discover with upcoming mission data This presentation is free and open to the public and will be followed by a light reception Registration is not required for this event This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on February 18 2015 by Linda Chappell Our Star The Sun SkyFest Event Join us at the Lunar and Planetary Institute on Saturday February 21 from 1 3 pm for the next SkyFest event Our Star The Sun There will be hands on activities and with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society there will be daytime viewing of the Sun through telescopes with special filters The event is free and open to explorers of all ages but children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or adult the entire time they are visiting the LPI This entry was posted in

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  • January | 2015 | What's New
    an international conference with unique simulated experiences that allow teens ages 13 17 to explore topics of clean water renewable energy food and nutrition in the development of a sustainable community for global citizens on Mars The summit will be held June 15 20 at Space Center Houston the NASA Johnson Space Center s official visitor center in Houston Texas Registration deadline is May 14 This entry was posted in Education New and Noteworthy on January 27 2015 by Linda Chappell International Year of Light The year of 2015 has been declared the International Year of Light IYL by the United Nations To recognize the start of IYL the Chandra X ray Center is releasing a set of images that combine data from telescopes tuned to different wavelengths of light This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on January 26 2015 by Linda Chappell Library Catalog Online Did you know Our library s catalog is available online to anyone anywhere This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy on January 23 2015 by Linda Chappell New Earth Globe The library has a new Earth globe The globe produced by Sky Telescope was created from imaging data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer MODIS This entry was posted in New and Noteworthy Recent Additions on January 22 2015 by Linda Chappell Rice University Observatory Open House If in Houston attend the Rice University Observatory Open House on Friday January 23 from 6 9 30 pm Come early to observe brilliant Venus in the west and the crescent Moon and maybe even get a glimpse of Mercury Later in the evening view the Orion Nebula Comet Lovejoy Mars Uranus and other objects The observatory is on the fourth floor of the Brockman Hall for Physics on the university campus This entry

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