The LPI, managed by USRA, participates in Sixth Annual Astronomy Festival in Washington D.C.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute, managed by USRA, is participating in the Sixth Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall in Washington , on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Visitors to the nation's capital will be a given a free guided tour of the sky by amateur astronomers. The event will also feature planetarium shows under a 25 foot portable dome and hands-on interactive exhibits. All of the festival's activities will take place near the Washington Monument.
Lunar and Planetary Institute science and education staff will be on-hand to discuss the latest in lunar and solar system science and exploration and to answer visitor questions about the solar system and careers in science. Handouts for all ages will also be available. LPI participation in events like these are prime opportunities to inspire future generations of explorers.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute, a division of the Universities Space Research Association, was established during the Apollo missions to foster international collaboration and to serve as a repository for information gathered during the early years of the space program. Today, the LPI is an intellectual leader in lunar and planetary science. The Institute serves as a scientific forum attracting world-class visiting scientists, postdoctoral fellows, students, and resident experts; supports and serves the research community through newsletters, meetings, and other activities; collects and disseminates planetary data while facilitating the community's access to NASA science; and engages and excites, and educates the public about space science and invests in the development of future generations of explorers. The research carried out at LPI supports NASA's efforts to explore the solar system.
Universities Space Research Association is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other government sponsors.