compiled by Michael Wright, Secretary

Apollo 17 Celebration
Moon Zoo ( is celebrating humanity’s final trip to the Moon, Apollo17. They are showing images of the Apollo 17 landing site, taken by NASA’s amazing Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) in which the LEM base and rover tracks can be seen. Also, Moon Zoo is blogging the anniversary at

NASA Johnson Style
What happens when NASA and pop culture collide? Check out this video parody from interns at NASA’s Johnson Space Flight Center:

Space Images, JPL’s Mobile Image App, Reaches 1 Million Downloads
Space Images, the mobile app from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory that puts visuals direct from space missions at users’ fingertips, has reached 1 million downloads. Just this year the app collected exciting images from many of the laboratory’s missions including the Mars Curiosity rover. Vibrant explosions from dying stars, the elegant choreography of Saturn’s moons, and the scarred and cratered surface of a giant asteroid are just a few of the other scenes users can discover through the app. Visit to download Space Images for Apple devices and for Android devices. Explore more mobile offerings from JPL at

Unleash Your Creativity
JPL Infographics, a newly launched website and resource database from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is inviting space aficionados and graphic wizards to take on a visual challenge by grabbing NASA data and transforming them into a scientific work of art.

The website provides extensive collections of NASA science and mission data, graphics and space images that the public can download and use to create their own infographics – creative illustrations of complex data. Users can then upload their infographics, have them reviewed by JPL experts, and share their creations in a public gallery on the JPL website. To sign up for a free account and to start creating and uploading your own creations, visit JPL Infographics at

Already there are many beautiful and fascinating infographics on the JPL site ready for downloading and printing. If you still have the 3D glasses from the December meeting, check out this one:

Shot Away from its Companion, Giant Star Makes Waves

Zeta Ophiuchi. Photo Credit: NASA

Zeta Ophiuchi. Photo Credit: NASA

Like a ship plowing through still waters, the giant star Zeta Ophiuchi is speeding through space, making waves in the dust ahead. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a dramatic, infrared portrait of these glowing waves, also known as a bow shock.

Astronomers theorize that this star was once sitting pretty next to a companion star even heftier than itself. But when that star exploded, Zeta Ophiuchi was kicked away and sent flying. Zeta Ophiuchi, which is 20 times more massive and 80,000 times brighter than our sun, is racing along at about 54,000 mph (24 kilometers per second). For more:

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