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First photo from Perseverence Mars Robot Feb. 2021
This is the first image NASA’s Perseverance rover sent back after touching down on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. The view, from one of Perseverance’s Hazard Cameras, is partially obscured by a dust cover. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On Thursday, NASA’s Perseverence Rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars – and scientists are already studying photos transmitted across the miles of space. “A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith.”

If you’re a “space geek” or wonder why “space geeks” are out there, you might want to listen to Why do Humans Want to Set Foot on Mars?

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Mars: When Will Humans Get There? The Economist. 2019. Academic Video Online: Premium Database. Web.

Congratulations to NASA and the Perseverence Team! For more on astronomy, see the Astronomy Subject Guide.


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Great Decisions Lecture Series

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WAC), of which Grand Rapids Community College is an institutional member, annually sponsors a Great Decisions Lecture Series. The series includes lectures by diplomats, policy makers, think tank specialists, and journalists on compelling issues identified by the Foreign Policy Association as highly pertinent, with special reference to the US role on the world stage.

GRCC students, faculty, and staff may attend the lectures free of charge. This year, the lectures will be held virtually and livestreamed on Monday evenings between 6:00 and 7:15 p.m. Those unable to attend the live presentation can view a recorded version after the event.

If you miss those extracurricular academic events that colleges offer so well, visit the WAC Great Decisions website for more information. For other viewing options, visit the Multimedia tab on the Political Science Subject Guide.

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Test Your News Literacy Fitness

This is National News Literacy Week, sponsored by the News Literacy Project. “News literacy is the ability to determine the credibility of news and other content, to identify different types of information, and to use the standards of authoritative, fact-based journalism to determine what to trust, share and act on. Being news-literate also means recognizing the critical role of the First Amendment and a free press in a democracy and interacting with news and other information in ways that promote engaged participation in civic life.

Test Your News Literacy Fitness by taking the Quiz!

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For more on News Literacy, see the Fake News Subject Guide.

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Virtual Summer Research Fair

Find out about the many summer research programs available to ALL students! Join us on Zoom for one – or all – sessions, and check out the [Summer Research Hub] tab on our TRiO Subject Guide for more information on these and other research options.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 26
  • 11:00am-1:30pm

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Happy Belated Public Domain Day 2021

Librarians, faculty and scholars eagerly await “new titles” (books, music, movies) that exit from under US Copyright restrictions and enter the public domain. This year, titles originally published in 1925 and now freely-available include:

Great Gatsby cover
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
  • Irving Berlin’s Always
  • Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Doolittle’s Circus
  • Gertrude “Ma” Rainey’s Counting the Blues

Works from 1925 were supposed to go into the public domain in 2001, after being copyrighted for 75 years.” The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, Sonny Bono Act, aka the Mickey Mouse Protection Act, extended their copyright term to 95 years. Wait no longer! Access to these and other older titles will soon be available – in full-text version – in the Internet Archive, HathiTrust, and Google Books.

Happy Belated Public Domain Day!

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