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Current News & Events:

"Habitable Worlds? Searching for Life in our Solar System and Beyond" opens at the Museum of Natural History and Cormack Planetarium in Roger Williams Park, Providence RI on November 18, 2017. The exhibit is sponsored by the Brown/NASA Northeast Planetary Data Center and the Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium.


Recent Events & Activities:

Visitors from Bryant University in Rhode Island and the Dunhuang Institute in China examine a Magellan map of Venus during a visit on May 4, 2017.

Visitors listen attentively to Data Center director Peter Schultz during the annual Family Weekend Open House on October 22, 2016, which featured the opening of the exhibit "Inside-Out: The Invisible Worlds Beneath the Surface of Planets."

Graduate student Noah Hammond points out some features of Mars using the Data Center's "Magic Planet" during a workshop on July 7, 2016. Students studied, and then were encouraged to design their own space probes.

"The Red Planet: Going to Mars" opened at the Museum of Natural History and Cormack Planetarium in Roger Williams Park, Providence RI on July 5th, 2016. This exhibit, sponsored by Rhode Island Space Grant and the Northeast Planetary Data Center, features full-scale mock-ups of Mars Ascent Vehicles (MAV) designed by the Rhode Island School of Design's industrial design studio.

Data Center director Peter Schultz explains a feature of Valles Marineris, a large canyon system on Mars, at the May 2016 annual Data Center Commencement Open House. The model was created using the Data Center's new large-format 3D printer.

On March 11, 2016, students from the nearby Wheeler School examine a wall-size Mars anaglyph HiRise image recently printed and installed at the Data Center. The group was introduced to various types of remotely-sensed data and the use of analogs as part of an Earth Science class.

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.

"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"