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20 Ebooks for Backyard Astronomers

From JPL Library’s ebook collection on astronomy and physics, there are several books aimed at the general public.  These books will make your star-gazing more informative and  interesting, whether you are in your backyard or at one of the national or state parks.  You can download these books from within the JPL Network, then put them on your mobile device.

  1. 1,001 Celestial Wonders to See Before You Die
  2. Amateur Telescope Making in the Internet Age: Finding Parts, Getting Help, and More
  3. Astronomical Cybersketching
  4. Choosing and Using a Refracting Telescope
  5. The Cosmic Keyhole: : How astronomy is unlocking the secrets of the universe.
  6. Deep-Sky Video Astronomy
  7. Go-To Telescopes Under Suburban Skies
  8. How to Photograph the Moon and Planets with Your Digital Camera
  9. Hunting and Imaging Comets
  10. Make Time for the Stars: Fitting Astronomy into Your Busy Life
  11. The Moon in Close-up: A Next Generation Astronomer’s Guide
  12. Mythology of the Night Sky: An Amateur Astronomer’s Guide to the Ancient Greek and Roman Legends
  13. The Power of Stars
  14. The Rainbow Sky: An Exploration of Colors in the Solar System and Beyond
  15. The Science and Art of Using Telescopes
  16. The Sky at Night
  17. Stars Above, Earth Below: A guide to astronomy in the national parks.
  18. The Sun Recorded Through History
  19. Viewing the Constellations with Binoculars: 250+ Wonderful Sky Objects to See and Explore
  20. Weird Astronomy

JPL Library’s license with the publishers allows for individual downlaod, but not redistribution. If you want to recommend certain books to your colleagues, please ask them to download their own copy. If you are interested in finding more ebooks on this or any other topics, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext. 4-4200 or email library@jpl.nasa.gov

So You Want to Be An Engineer/Scientist/Entrepreneur?

In addition to all the scientific and technical journals and resources, the JPL Library also has books related to planning and managing careers as engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs. All the electronic books can be accessed from within the JPL network, then moved to mobile devices for later reading. Our license with publishers prohibits redistribution of the chapters or books; if you would like to recommend others about certain book, please ask them to download the chapters/books by themselves.

Electronic books related to engineering and scientific careers:

There are additional print books on the subject. Search the Library’s BEACON catalog [http://beacon.worldcat.org] or contact the Library Reference Desk at library@jpl.nasa.gov, ext. 4-4200.

Treatise on Geochemistry (c2014) Online

JPL Library is very happy to announce that the latest edition (2015) of Treatise on Geochemistry is available online from within the JPL network.  Click the title above to go to the Table of Content page on the publisher’s web site.

This extensively updated new edition of the widely acclaimed Treatise on Geochemistry has increased its coverage beyond the range of geochemical subject areas in the first edition, with five new volumes which include: the history of the atmosphere, geochemistry of mineral deposits, archaeology and anthropology, organic geochemistry and analytical geochemistry. Comparing this second edition to the original one, 27% were republished without major changes, 66% were revised and 126 new chapters were added. Here is a list of the volume titles:

  1. Meteorites and Cosmochemical Processes
  2. Planets, Asteroids, Comets and the Solar System
  3. The Mantle and Core
  4. The Crust
  5. The Atmosphere
  6. The History of the Atmosphere
  7. Surface and Ground Water, Weathering, and Soils
  8. The Oceans and Marine Geochemistry
  9. Sediments, Diagenesis and Sedimentary Rocks
  10. Mineral Deposits
  11. Organic Geochemistry
  12. Biogeochemistry
  13. Environmental Geochemistry
  14. Archaeology and Anthropology
  15. Analytical Geochemistry
  16. Index

With the online version, from the Table-of-Contents page, you can browse and navigate by clicking on the “+” sign in front of volume and chapter titles. There is a Subject Index and Author index on the left-hand side, and keyword search box on the top of the page. When reading the articles online, there are hyperlinks allowing for navigation within. The individual articles can be downloaded for off-line reading as well. The Library’s license with the publisher prohibits re-distribution to other people, so if you would want to recommend others about certain articles, please ask them to access and download the articles themselves. You may email the URLs, but not the PDF files.

For more questions and comments about this and other electronic resources, please contact the Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200 or email library@jpl.nasa.gov

 

Treatise on Geophysics (c2015) Online

JPL Library is very happy to announce that the latest edition (2015) of Treatise on Geophysics is available online from within the JPL network.  Click the title above to go to the Table of Content page on the publisher’s web site.

Treatise on Geophysics is the only comprehensive, state-of-the-art, and integrated summary of the present state of geophysics. Offering an array of articles from some of the top scientists around the world, this important reference work deals with all major parts of Solid-Earth Geophysics, including a volume on the terrestrial planets and moons in our solar system. The print version is published in 11 volumes, and each volume is like a textbook on subject. Here is a list of the title of the first 10 volumes, while volume 11 provides index to the whole set:

1 – Seismology and Structure of the Earth

2 – Mineral Physics

3 – Geodesy

4 – Earthquake Seismology

5 – Geomagnetism

6 – Crustal and Lithosphere Dynamics

7 – Mantle Dynamics

8 – Core Dynamics

9 – Evolution of the Earth

10 – Planets and Moons

With the online version, from the Table-of-Contents page, you can browse and navigate by clicking on the “+” sign in front of volume and chapter titles. There is a Subject Index and Author index on the left-hand side, and keyword search box on the top of the page. When reading the articles online, there are hyperlinks allowing for navigation within. The individual articles can be downloaded for off-line reading as well. The Library’s license with the publisher prohibits re-distribution to other people, so if you would want to recommend others about certain articles, please ask them to access and download the articles themselves. You may email the URLs, but not the PDF files.

For more questions and comments about this and other electronic resources, please contact the Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200 or email library@jpl.nasa.gov

 

July 22, 4:00-5:00 PM, JPL Stories: Larry James

JPL Stories Presents:

The Early Days of GPS: My Time as a Shuttle Payload Specialist

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Presented by: Larry James, JPL Deputy Director

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM

@ the HUB, Building 111-104

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GPS (Global Positioning System) is now an indispensable worldwide utility. However, the early days of GPS were both technically and politically challenging. Larry was selected as the Air Force Shuttle Payload Specialist to fly with the first operational GPS satellite. Come hear about the growth of GPS, the Payload Specialist program, and the impact the Challenger disaster had on the overall program.

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The JPL Stories program, sponsored by the Library, Archives, and Records Section, celebrates the Lab’s unique environment and history, and provides an informal way for JPLers to share their stories with each other. For more information about the JPL Stories series, if you have a JPL story to tell, or if you have suggestions for future stories, contact Teresa Bailey, x49233.

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July 21, 12:00-1:00, Summer Movie: Destination Moon

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, we are showing “Destination Moon” on July 21st at the Hub.

Destination Moon

“Destination Moon” is the third in the trio of documentaries about the beginnings of the space age. It documents JPL’s ambitious plan to beat the Soviet Union in robotic space exploration by reaching not only for the moon, but also Earth’s neighboring planets Venus and Mars. But as the hour-long episode documents, JPL would be humbled by a series of failures in attempting to merely hit the moon, let alone visit other planets. “We didn’t know what we were doing,” one veteran JPL engineer confides, “and there was no one around to tell us.” This film shows how JPL did learn to go to the moon and to Venus, bestowing on the United States as a true “First in Space.”

For more information about the movie and other Library and  Archives resources and services, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200,  email library@jpl.nasa.gov., or leave a comment here.

 

 

 

 

July 15, 4:00-5:00, JPL Stories: JPL Visual Strategists

JPL Stories presents:

“You Want to do What???”: And Other Questions That Artists Get When Working at JPL

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Presented by: The STUDIO

Liz Barrios | David Delgado | Dan Goods | Joby Harris | Jessie Kawata | Lois Kim

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM

@ the HUB, Building 111-104

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From brainstorming new missions, to creating new facilities, to communicating with the public, art and design is being utilized at JPL in ways you may have never imagined. Come hear from members of The Studio at JPL and see what has been happening over the past few years.

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The JPL Stories program, sponsored by the Library, Archives, and Records Section, celebrates the Lab’s unique environment and history, and provides an informal way for JPLers to share their stories with each other. For more information about the JPL Stories series, if you have a JPL story to tell, or if you have suggestions for future stories, contact Teresa Bailey, x49233.

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July 13, 12:00-1:30, Summer Movie: The Changing Face of Mars

The JPL Library and Archives is screening a series of videos at the Hub during lunch time this Summer.   Beat the heat, bring your lunch, come to the Hub, and enjoy!

On July 13th, we are showing “The Changing Face of Mars”.

The Changing Face of Mars

Of all the planets in our solar system, Mars has always held the most fascination. — This is the story of the first pioneering missions to reach Mars and how each encounter resulted in surprise, dismay or delight for those who first took us there.

Since the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mariner 4 first visited the Red Planet in 1964, 38 more hopeful explorers around the world have been tasked with investigating Mars and challenging our beliefs about the mysterious planet. Only 15 of these missions have been successful, yet their findings have drastically altered our view of Mars.

This JPL – produced, 90-minute documentary is told through a mix of archival footage and interviews with the scientists and engineers who pioneered Mars exploration. It serves as the fourth installment of Baggett’s Beginnings of the Space Age documentary series chronicling the evolution of space exploration since the first rockets were launched into space.

For more information about the movie and other Library and  Archives resources and services, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200,  email library@jpl.nasa.gov., or leave a comment here.