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The LPI’s new sign was unveiled this week!
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Richard Binzel, Professor of Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Renee Dotson, Managing Editor at the LPI, pose with the 11 books that have been produced in the Space Science Series under a collaborative agreement between the University of Arizona Press and the LPI. Binzel serves as the General Editor for the Series, and Dotson serves as the Production Editor.
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LROC: This LROC image is an oblique view of the eastern side of Tycho crater's central peak. The image was captured when the sun was relatively high above the horizon. From the viewpoint of LROC, the sun was behind and a bit to the north, so shadows are mostly hidden, and subtle changes in surface brightness dominate the scene. http://ow.ly/NPoL30bgleU
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During its K2 campaign, NASA's Kepler spacecraft observed Neptune and detected small changes in the planet's brightness caused by its daily rotation, the movement of clouds, and even seismic waves from the sun itself. This short video shows some of those changes. http://ow.ly/JVSu30bgkjr

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HiRISE: This HiRISE image shows dark, windblown sand covering intricate sedimentary rock layers of Ganges Chasma, a canyon in the Valles Marineris system. http://ow.ly/xRx330bemyR
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A new study suggests that Mars experienced ten times fewer giant impacts than some previous estimates, revealing a lull in the formation time of mega basins on Mars. http://ow.ly/QxVE30be2LV

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Registration applications are now being accepted for the Accretion: Building New Worlds conference scheduled for August 15–18 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. A list of invited speakers is also available at the conference website. #1st1e9 http://ow.ly/vUIU30be0bn
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CASSINI: This unprocessed image from the Cassini spacecraft shows features in Saturn's atmosphere from closer than ever before. The image was captured during Cassini's first Grand Finale dive past the planet on April 26. http://ow.ly/QPgY30be0TF
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Scientists have discovered a new "iceball" planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun. The planet is likely far too cold to be habitable for life as we know it, however, because its star is so faint. But the discovery adds to scientists' understanding of the types of planetary systems that exist beyond our own. http://ow.ly/bBOK30bcjHs
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Learn about ocean worlds in our solar system and beyond in the special online presentation "Ocean Worlds." http://ow.ly/sv1230bbSs7
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