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July 2020 a IPS Communicator
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IPS Newsletter — Issue 17 — JULY 2020 A


Pacific Planetarium Association Covid-19 mini-grants
Image Credit: M55: Globular Star Cluster, B.J. Mochejska, J. Kaluzny (CAMK), 1m Swope Telescope

The PPA (Pacific Planetarium Association) has announced their own Covid-19 mini-grant program. Three awards of $500 UDS will be made through this program. While preference is given to planetariums in the PPA region, all planetariums are invited to apply. More details are available here.

IPS Virtual Conference -Sponsorship Opportunities
Image Credit: NGC1232, European Space Agency (ESO), Hubble Space Telescope

The IPS would like to thank the sponsors of the upcoming virtual conference. Most of the sponsorship opportunities have already been purchased, but a few are still available. A list of current sponsors, and sponsorship opportunities are available here.

NASA Exploration Science Forum
Image: Solar System Exploration Research (SSERVI) logo

The NESF will feature exploration science research on the Moon, near-Earth asteroids and the moons of Mars. Participants will learn about recent mission results and in-depth analyses of science and exploration studies that are helping return humans to the Moon via the Artemis program. A dedicated side conference for students and young professionals ( are being held virtually the week preceding the Forum on July 1st and 2nd, 2020. This year, due to not meeting in person, the SSERVI Focus Groups will not meet during the week of the NESF and are instead scheduling separate virtual meetings.

This meeting is open to the planetary science, human exploration, astrophysics and heliophysics communities, as well as others involved in the science of human exploration.

More information can be found here.

Minor Planet named in honor of IPS member

Image: Minor Planet Larrykrozel certificate issued by Harvard Center for Astrophysics

Affiliates invited to news contributor mailing list
Image Credit: Next Generation was produced by Reto Stöckli, NASA Earth Observatory (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

IPS affiliates should have received an email inviting them to be in the newsletter mailing list which sends two reminders a month to contribute content. This is of course optional. Help your region be better represented in our newsletter with regional news that expand beyond frontiers!

Important Dates

LIPS 2020: Tuesday - Thursday, July 14 -16

IPS Virtual Conference: August 3-7

  • Monday, August 3 from 15:00 - 23:00 (UT)
  • Wednesday, August 5 from 6:00 - 13:00 (UT)
  • Friday, August 7 from 10:00 - 18:00 (UT)

To verify the time for your specific time zone, please go to the Time Zone Converter website.

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