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News from the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) library.

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ESA Bulletin Online

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT

The November 2013 issue of ESA Bulletin, number 156, is now available online.

International Observe the Moon Night 2014

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT

The date for the next International Observe the Moon Night has been set! Mark your calendars for September 5, 2014.

New Aeronautics E-Book

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT

Aeronautics, the first "A" of the NASA acronym, has always been a part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, but aeronautics is easily lost in the shadows of NASA’s marquee space programs. The list of accomplishments for NASA’s first "A" is long, and the new book NASA's First A: Aeronautics from 1958 to 2008 goes a modest way toward sketching these developments. This book is available as a free download.

Holiday Closure

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT

The Lunar and Planetary Institute will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen with regular hours on Monday, December 2.

Geologic Map of the North Polar Region of Mars

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT

The Geologic Map of the North Polar Region of Mars by Kenneth Tanaka and Corey Fortezzo is available online on the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website. A description and informational pamphlet is also available.

Exploring the Night Sky with Your Smartphone and Tablet

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics presents a 14-minute video demonstration of the various apps available on iOS and Google Play for viewing the night sky. These apps can be used as an aid when outside or from inside on a cloudy night. Explore the night sky from your smart phone and tablet.

Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series Archive

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT

Miss an LPI Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series presentation? The Speaker Series archive dating back to November 2008 is online, and there you can find videos of many of the lectures.

New Aeronautics E-Book

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT

The complete story of NASA's AD-1 Oblique Wing Research Aircraft, or "scissors wing" airplane, is told in the new book Thinking Obliquely: Robert T. Jones, the Oblique Wing, NASA's AD-1 Demonstrator, and its Legacy, one of NASA's newest additions to its aeronautics book series. This book, written by Bruce I. Larrimer, is available online at no cost as an e-book in a variety of formats. A print version of the book may be purchased from NASA's Information Center.

Poster Advice

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT

How can a "perfectly putrid poster" sabotage your attempt to clearly communicate your scientific research at a conference poster session? The American Geophysical Union's Plainspoken Scientist shares what NOT to do when preparing a poster.

Rocks from Space Educator Workshop

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT

Come learn about meteorites and Moon rocks from a NASA scientist and how you can incorporate space rock lessons into your existing science curriculum. The Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) presents "Rocks from Space" with Jaclyn Allen, Science Resource Specialist at NASA's Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science, and Lisa Felske, Science Consultant of HCDE. The workshop will be on Thursday, December 5 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Workshop details and registration information can be found online.

HiRISE Images for November

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT

The Planetary Data System (PDS) release of HiRISE images of Mars for November is online. This release covers orbit ranges 33,300—33,699.

Mapping Our World

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT

Explore NASA Earth observing missions with the new online interactive Mapping Our World. This colorful online map allows users to easily point and click to view information on satellite imagery and visualizations, including what missions gathered the data, how the images were created, and why the missions are critical to learning more about our home planet.

STARS Design Projects on Display

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT

STARS Design 2013 projects created by students from Lund University in Sweden are on display in the LPI Library. These projects investigate new ideas to help humans live and work in the unique environment of spaceflight.

New Mercury Maps

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT

A new set of Mercury maps are available on the USGS website. These maps utilize the current best MESSENGER mosaic of Mercury, which covers 100% of the surface.

November SkyFest

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT

Come and enjoy night sky viewing at the Lunar and Planetary Institute as we "Explore Mars with MAVEN." Observe the night sky through telescopes and discover Mars and MAVEN (the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) through hands-on activities. This free event will be held Saturday, November 2, from 7 - 9:30 pm.

Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT

Rice University presents the next Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture on Tuesday, November 19. Maria-Vittoria "Giugi" Carminati, an expert in space law, will be speaking at 7:00 pm in Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium, on the campus of Rice University. This event is free and open to the public.

ALSEP Documents

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT

As part of its work on a NASA-funded Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) data recovery project, the Lunar and Planetary Institute has scanned a collection of ALSEP-related documents. This archive focuses on the development, deployment, and operation of the ALSEP experiments.

Celebrate Geologic Map Day

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT

Celebrate Geologic Map Day on October 18. Geologic Map Day focuses the attention of students, teachers, and the general public on the study, uses, and significance of geologic maps for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns.

Craters and Impacts Educational Resources

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT

The Barringer Crater Company has online educational resources for educators and students about craters and impacts. Resources include slide shows, lesson plans, and related links.

Holiday Closure

Fri, 11 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT

The Lunar and Planetary Institute library will be closed on Monday, October 14, in observance of Columbus Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, October 15.

Earth Science Week 2013

Fri, 11 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT

Take part in Earth Science Week 2013! Held October 13-19, ESW 2013 will promote awareness of the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences. “Mapping Our World” is this year's theme.

Hubble Videos

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT

Check out the collection of short videos illuminating the Hubble Space Telescope's activities, discoveries and science. They are in the HubbleSite movie theater.

New Horizons Message Initiative

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is currently about 3 billion miles from Earth, en route to a historic encounter to reconnoiter Pluto and its moons. The New Horizons Message Initiative hopes to persuade NASA to upload a message to the spacecraft’s memory, following a successful Pluto encounter. Join the effort and sign the peitition.

November SkyFest Event

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT

Mark your calendar for the November SkyFest event. Come and enjoy night sky viewing at the Lunar and Planetary Institute as we "Explore Mars with MAVEN." Observe the night sky through telescopes and discover Mars and MAVEN (the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) through hands-on activities. This free event will be held Saturday, November 2, from 7 - 9:30 pm.

International Observe the Moon Night

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT

Join LPI and the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society on Saturday, October 12, at the George Observatory as we celebrate the 2013 International Observe the Moon Night. The George Observatory is in the Brazos Bend State Park in Needville.