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NASA Resources for IYA Summer Star Parties

As we explore the Moon with IYA’s Summer Star Party, NASA is exploring the Moon with two new robotic probes. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is creating a comprehensive atlas of the Moon and returning amazing, high-resolution images of the Apollo landing sites. The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing satellite (LCROSS) is positioning itself for a spectacular lunar impact, directing the Centaur upper stage of its launch vehicle into a permanently-shadowed crater at the Moon’s south pole.

The Universe Comes to the Nation’s Capitol

The “From Earth to the Universe” exhibition (FETTU) has opened outside the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. This display of some 50 large-scale astronomical images will be available to the public through the end of July.
   Also arriving in Washington, DC, later this month will be FETTU panels for the visually impaired. These panels will feature tactile displays of the images as well as Braille versions of the caption material. The exhibit will open on July 18th at the Martin Luther King Jr. library, the main building of the DC Public Library, and run through mid-September.

Hubble’s Diverse Universe

Quick, name a minority astronomer other than Neil Tyson or Derrick Pitts. Can’t? We can change that.Jarita Holbrook, chair of the US IYA2009 Working Group on Cultural Astronomy, and Romeel Davé (both from the Univeristy of Arizona in Tucson) are the lead creators of a new documentary film, “Hubble’s Diverse Universe,” which explores diversity in the field of astronomy. You can watch the trailer here .


International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA)