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Special Event: International Observe the Moon Night 2017

October 10

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual, worldwide celebration and an opportunity to take notice of the Moon’s beauty. Join us for an evening of Moon viewing and lunar activities for all ages. Scientists and staff from the LASP Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT) will be available to answer questions and discuss the latest in lunar discoveries and research. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Boulder InOMN celebration, please contact LASP Education and Public Outreach at epomail@lasp.colorado.edu.

LASP to collaborate on new Grand Challenge projects

September 20

The University of Colorado Boulder’s cross-campus Grand Challenge initiative this week announced the selection of three new additions to its portfolio starting this fall. The call for proposals, which was announced in June, funded one large research initiative at approximately $1 million per year and two smaller projects at $250,000 per year, each for at least three years. LASP will collaborate on the research initiative and on one of the two smaller projects.

The selections augment the current Grand Challenge portfolio, building on the accomplishments of Earth Lab, Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing (IRISS), the university’s space minor, and the Center for the Study of Origins.

LASP scientists ready for Cassini’s grand finale

September 13

LASP planetary scientist Larry Esposito has been eying the fabulous rings of Saturn for much of his career, beginning as a team scientist on NASA’s Pioneer 11 mission when he discovered the planet’s faint F ring in 1979.

He followed that up with observations of Jupiter’s and Saturn’s rings from the Voyager and Galileo spacecraft, which carried instruments designed and built at LASP. Now, as the principal investigator for the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, Esposito and his Cassini colleagues are feeling a bit somber as the mission nears its end. The spacecraft has run out of fuel and will disintegrate in Saturn’s dense atmosphere early on the morning of Sept. 15.