Ok, let’s get one thing out of the way; I’m Lynette, and I’m a huge space nerd. There I said it – you can’t say you weren’t warned. Now that’s out in the open, I want to tell you all about my most awesome nerdy trip down to Cape Canaveral to watch the latest Mars launch; the MAVEN orbiter!
This is the second part of NASA’s recent unmanned Mars missions. The first, you may have heard about, was the rover Curiosity; which is still up there roving around collecting samples. You can even see what @MarsCuriosity and @MAVEN2Mars are up to on Twitter. Curiosity’s Twitter feed is written from a first person – or first robot – perspective, so I find that to be a very amusing feed to check in on! Check out Spirit - my favorite cartoon done about Curiosity by XKCD. Between the cartoon and the Twitter feed, I can’t help but imagine Curiosity having a real personality not unlike the Pixar movie Wall-E.
Now that this second rocket has gone up, I meet a lot of people who are like, “Mars? What…? Didn’t we just send something up there?” Yes…we did, but it was a multi-part mission! MAVEN just doesn’t have the same level of public image that Curiosity has – but it doesn’t make it any less important. NASA has Curiosity roving down below getting pictures and taking soil samples, but MAVEN will orbit around the whole planet, give us a bird’s eye view, and let us take in information about the atmosphere. What we will learn from this mission is where did the atmosphere around the red planet go? There is strong evidence to support that Mars had an atmosphere much like Earth’s, which means there could have been running water – and maybe even microbial life!
Before I got to see the actual launch of the MAVEN rocket (which is mind blowing, and you should put a rocket launch on your bucket list), I got the pleasure of working with real NASA scientists! They schooled me (and about 40 other librarians who were training with me) all about Mars and the MAVEN launch. Let me share the more mind blowing facts:
- Mars has no plate tectonics like Earth, its crust is solid.
- Mars has 2% toxic water on its surface.
- Meteorites usually explode on contact of hitting a planet – which is why you can’t find the evidence of what made the giant crater!
- Mars has lost all, or almost all, or its magnetic field! Which without it the solar winds were able to strip away the atmosphere over time. No atmosphere, no planet protection for water or life. You can read more about Mars' atmosphere on Popular Mechanics' website.
-Lynette, Youth Services, Shawnee Branch
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The Library is proud to annouce the second annual Louisville Young Filmmakers Festival slated for mid-March.
Students ages 12 to 19 are encouraged to submit their original film works to be shown at a red-carpet event at the Main Library.
Original films on any topic or genre are accepted. Films should be G- or PG- rated and suitable for a teen audience. Profanity and nudity are not allowed. Producers must be Louisville residents between the ages of 12 and 19. Films should be no longer than 15 minutes in length.
Deadline for Submissions is March 1, 2014
Submissions may be turned in, along with a completed entry form, at any Louisville Free Public Library. Submissions should be on a separate flash-drive or disc and addressed to the attention of “Michael Ward – Louisville Young Filmmakers Festival.”
As part of the Festival, the Library will hold several workshops on film-making and editing. Students who attend the workshops will learn how to create, edit and manage their own digital content. All workshops will be held at the Main Library:
- Saturday, January 11, 2:00 pm
- Saturday, January 25, 10:00 am
- Saturday, February 8, 2:00 pm
- Saturday, February 22, 2:00 pm
For more information on the the fesitval, submissions guidlines, or workshops, email Michael.email@example.com.
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Smoke , (released September 10) and Walter Dean Myers' Invasion (September 24)
October New Releases
Hold on to your hats! Here are some of the most anticipated titles of October: the fourth title in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, House of Hades (releases on October 8); Allegiant, the fourth book in the Divergent series (October 22); and a new book in the House of Night series, Revealed (October 15)!
November New Releases
In November, we will see new titles from Margaret Peterson Haddix, Full Ride (November 12); Tamora Pierce, Battle Magic, from the Immortals series (November 24); and of course, we have the theatrical release of Catching Fire (November 22).
So much win for one season!
Are there any upcoming books, or movies you’re excited about? Leave a comment and let us know!
-Stephani, Youth Services, Highlands/Shelby Park Branch
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Maker Faire is a family-friendly event that highlights the creativity and resourcefulness of the Maker movement and tinkerers everywhere. Click the image above for more information.
Stop by the Library's How-to booth and learn about paper crafts, button making, geocaching, stomp rockets, Minecraft hacking, and musical adventures.
Follow @LFPL on Twitter for live Tweets from the event.
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Be sure to turn in your Teen Summer Reading Card before Saturday, August 10 to get your name in for the grand prize drawing.
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