CEPS News and Highlights
CEPS News and Highlights features not only current events
and happenings at Center for Earth and Planetary Studies and the National
Air and Space Museum, but also reflects ongoing programs and research
involving CEPS staff. Whenever possible, we have provided links to additional
information that can be found on CEPS' own department pages and elsewhere
on the Internet.
July 13, 2012
This year's Mars Day! welcomed over 7,000 visitors. In preparation for the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory in August, several stations were dedicated to the rover, mission and landing site.
April 21, 2012
Scratching Beneath the Surface
What's inside a planet? Two CEPS scientists invited visitors, at the National Air and Space Museum's Explore the Universe Family Day, to explore this and other questions using hands-on activities related to research into tectonics on Mercury.
February 21, 2012
Recent Geologic Activity on the Moon
CEPS scientist discovers recent stretching of the Moon's crust.
July 22, 2011
Over 7,000 visitors participated in this year’s Mars Day! A full-scale model of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover was on display and as an added bonus NASA announced the landing site for the rover live from the Museum.
March 15, 2011
Women in Science
CEPS researchers were interviewed for “Women in Science Month” on the Smithsonian Channel.
Dr. Maria Banks
Sharon Wilson Purdy
Maria and Sharon: How to take a photo of Mars
November 19, 2010
National Geography Awareness Week
To celebrate National Geography Awareness Week, CEPS staff held a Geography From Space Contest on November 17th, 18th, and 19th in the Looking at Earth, Gallery 110.
October 14, 2010
Lakes on Mars
CEPS researchers contributed to three chapters in the book “Lakes on Mars”, the first review on the subject by worldwide leading authorities in the field.
September 15, 2010
CEPS Planetary Mission Involvement
CEPS researchers are involved with two of the latest planetary missions, the first spacecraft to return to the moon and the first spacecraft sent to study asteroids Vesta and Ceres.
August 19, 2010
Incredible Shrinking Moon is Revealed by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
CEPS scientist Thomas Watters is lead author of the paper published in the journal Science.
July 16, 2010
CEPS presented Mars Day! an annual NASM celebration of the Red Planet. Eleven CEPS scientists, as well as scientists from the Museum of Natural History and NASA, were on hand to help visitors learn about Mars with a variety of fun family activities. Over 9,500 visitors participated.
July 16, 2009
Countdown to the Moon Day!
Visitors can celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 with a variety of educational and fun activities throughout the Museum.
April 30, 2009
MESSENGER Discovers Unusual Impact Basin on Mercury
CEPS scientist Thomas Watters is lead author of the report on the findings published in the journal Science.
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