Current News & Events:
Data Center Director Peter Schultz speaks to the RISD class “Tools: Measuring the Universe,” on January 14, 2016. The students were exploring planetary scales and distances, then using this information to create new ways of expressing these scales visually and graphically.
Recent Events & Activities:
"From Mars to Pluto: Images from Curiosity, Dawn and New Horizons" opened to a packed Data Center Open House on October 17th, 2015 during the annual Brown Family Weekend forums. The exhibit features a large 12-foot Curiosity panorama as well as the latest data from dwarf planet Ceres, Pluto and Charon.
Pluto Pizza Party at the Data Center:
Brown Planetary graduate students and faculty watch the first release of New Horizons Pluto imagery during a televised NASA media conference on July 16th, 2015.
"Plutopalooza" at the Museum of Natural History, celebrating New Horizons' closest approach to Pluto on July 14th. The event was sponsored by RI Space Grant and the Planetary Data Center.
July 9, 2015: Brown University graduate student Terik Daly (left) guides a Summer@Brown class utilizing the Northeast Planetary Data Center's new digital globe and a 3D model of a section of Valles Marineris. This is the second year Brown University offered a summer class in "Habitable Worlds: Possible Places for Life in the Solar System and Beyond." Class participants finished the course by giving presentations to the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.
April 20, 2015: "Icy Worlds & the Discoveries of DAWN and New Horizons" opens at the Museum of Natural History in Providence, Rhode Island. The exhibit was designed and produced by the Northeast Planetary Data Center.
December 12, 2014: Data Center Director Peter Schultz provides instruction in planetary remote sensing and resolution.
November 12, 2014: Relief and excitement after the touchdown of the Philae lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, during a gathering for a European Space Agency live Stream of the event at the Data Center.
October 25, 2014: "Cassini and the Exploration of Icy Worlds" is featured at Brown's 2014 Family Weekend open house and exhibition.
July, 2014: The delivery of the Data Center's new "Magic Planet" -- a digital 3d globe, presents a variety of new opportunities for research, presentation and instruction.
July 9, 2014: Planetary Science graduate students Terik Daly and Stephanie Quintana teach a Brown Summer Studies class in "Habitable Worlds: Possible Places for Life in the Solar System and Beyond".
June, 2014: Visiting student intern supported by Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium built a 3D printer and developed models of planetary surfaces.
June17, 2014: Brown University Ambassadors from the Staff Advisory Committee listen to an update on the Curiosity rover given by Assistant Professor and mission scientist Ralph Milliken.
May 24, 2014: Annual Northeast Planetary Data Center Commencement Open House. "Comet Tales: Comets in Science, History and Popular Culture"
April 23, 2014: "A Day on College Hill"'; Presentation on Curioisty for new STEM undergraduate admissions.
April 22, 2014: Data Center Director Peter Schultz and Rhode Island School of Design professor Michael Lye discussion of surface properties of Phobos for RISD students--"Designing for Deep Space".