The out-of-this-world NASA calendar

April 8, 2019

2019 Explore Science. The selected images from outer space in the calendar are nature’s art. Each is a moment in space and time that represents the efforts of many individuals committed to the scientific pursuit of knowledge and advancement of humankind.

Close your eyes and visualize the fantastic photography that characterizes the 2019 NASA Calendar. Here’s are brief descriptions of images featured in this year’s calendar to “just imagine.”

May: Tracking Landslide Potential in the Americas. Thanks to a new landslide model and detailed satellite measurements of precipitation made by NASA, scientists can look at landslide threats anywhere in the world in real time.

July: Celebrating 50 Years Since America Landed on the Moon. Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969, carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.

October: The Bluest Blue. The part of this iceberg in Antarctica’s McMurdo Sound that is below the water surface appears vibrant blue primarily due to the blue light from the water in the sound.

To adventure into outer space you can purchase one of the now limited edition of NASA 2019 calendars still available.

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About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.


Celebrate Technology Day with Federal Digital Publications at the GPO Bookstore

January 4, 2019

Technology has become a game-changer. It might have started centuries ago with the advent of the wheel but today’s techno-world has moved eons beyond the days of yore when Emerson created the electric light bulb and old fashion dial-up telephones were all the rage.

National Technology Day is celebrated January 6. Imagine our world without the technological advances that have become almost ho-hum routine in just the past decade!

From the wheel to smartphones, technology has been changing the world. January 6 is the day to recognize those achievements and to look to the future of technology.

The Technology field is one of the strongest and fastest growing industries. No industry can competitively survive without remaining up to speed with the latest tech advances in their respective fields. Agriculture, healthcare, entertainment, and many more use technology to keep us connected, informed, and safe.

The GPO online bookstore has entered the world of “techno-publishing” by offering numerous titles as eBooks (often free) across many subjects. A sampling of eBooks can be found below.

There are many printed and eBook (often also known as ePubs) publications for those in search of the latest information on a variety of subjects from health to financial services. Plus many more for the adventurous to find at the GPO online bookstore.

Exercise & Physical Activity (PDF eBook)

Learn to age well with exercise! This easy-to-read Exercise & Physical Activity Guide from the National Institute on Aging is filled with useful information, tips on how to get started, sample exercises, and real-life success stories to help you:

– Learn about the 4 types of exercise and how they can improve your health.

– Determine your current fitness level, set goals, make an exercise and physical activity plan, and talk with your doctor about increasing your physical activity level.

– Exercise safely, build up the benefits, and have fun!

The guide also has photos and detailed exercise instructions, worksheets to help you track your progress, and tips on eating a healthy diet.

Understanding Alzheimers Disease (ePub ePub)

This easy-to-read booklet will help readers learn about Alzheimer’s disease, its symptoms and treatments, when to see the doctor, research studies, and where caregivers can get help. Includes vignettes, a resource list, and glossary.

Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid (ePub eBook)

This guide provides a description of Federal Student Aid programs and the application process. Readers will find information on federal student aid as a source for funding postsecondary education, and know where to go for more detailed information.

To download FREE ePub eBooks from the GPO online bookstore, just add to cart then checkout for free. Reading ePub eBooks on your computer requires free ePub reader software for your PC, Mac or mobile device or an ePub-capable eReader hardware device such as Apple iPad, Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony e-Reader, Kobo e-Reader, etc.

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

HOW DO I OBTAIN THESE RESOURCES?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.


National GIS Day

November 13, 2018

Wednesday, November 14 is National Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day. The annual event celebrating technology and all of the benefits it has brought to the world of geography has been recognized since 1999.

GIS is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present spatial or geographic data. However, GIS can refer to a number of different technologies, processes, and methods.

This year’s theme is Discover the World through GIS, with a focus on demonstrating the real-world GIS applications that are making a difference in our society. GISday.com has several story maps available that allow users to experience the changes our world has undergone through the use of mapping. One in particular, 100 Years of the National Park Service, takes you on a chronological journey of the significant events in the establishment and growth of America’s unparalleled system of public parks.

The US Government Publishing Office (GPO) has a long history of working with Federal depository libraries to provide Government information, including maps and GIS data. On govinfo, GPO offers a snapshot of the Federal Register Volume 75, Issue 173, where the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of a final GIS tool and its user guide titled, “ICLUS v1.3 User’s Manual: ArcGIS Tools and Datasets for Modeling U.S. Housing Density Growth.”

GPO also offers access to several items that can help you celebrate this unique day, as the Government Bookstore offers several titles about this topic. Some of those include:

  • Washington: The Nation’s Capital  This handy pamphlet provides a color map of Washington, DC with all the major landmarks, memorials, monuments, and tourist attractions clearly marked, and folds up to fit easily in a pocket or purse.  It also features a timeline of important events with information about key historical sites on the other side, including the newest attractions, such as the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.  Sold in packages of 100 copies only.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park (Map) Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road – which crests at over 12,000 feet including many overlooks to experience the subalpine and alpine worlds – along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and fun times. The Rocky Mountain National Park map is a 1:50 000-scale topographic map.
  • National Park Service Centennial 1916-2016 (Map and Guide) – The National Park Service celebrated 100 years on August 5, 2016. This map shows locations of historic parks in celebration of the centennial for tourists to use as a guide.

GPO’s commitment to Keeping America Informed will continue to strive to provide access to Government information on all issues that affect the public in all aspects of their life.

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

HOW DO I OBTAIN THIS RESOURCE?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

About the author: Blogger contributor Scott Pauley is a former Writer and Editor in GPO’s Library Services and Content Management office.


Down to Earth Publications for Earth Science Week

October 12, 2018

How does our Earth inspire you? That’s the question being asked this Earth Science Week 2018, which has a theme of “Earth as Inspiration.” According to earthsciweek.org, Earth Science Week was started in 1998 “to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth sciences and to encourage the stewardship of the Earth.” And what better way to gain an understanding of Earth than through reading and hands-on educational activities?

Know a youngster who has a knack for science? NSI: Nature Science Investigator from the U.S. Forest Service is a self-guided activity book for children ages 8–14 that enables students to become the scientist. They’ll have the opportunity to try their hands in all sorts of roles, from an ecologist to a soil scientist to an atmospheric scientist to a biological scientist and more! With this booklet, students are introduced to outdoor, hands-on activities like looking for litter, finding the tallest tree, rubbing a sample of soil and inspecting insects. No matter where they like to explore – in the schoolyard, at home, in the park, or at the playground – young nature science investigators can spend their day as a real scientist with this booklet.

It’s no secret that it’s pretty darn hot on the sun, but how much do we really know about the climate of space or the sun? For those interested in the events and processes that connect the Sun to the Earth, The Sun, the Earth, and Near-Earth Space: A Guide to the Sun-Earth System from NASA is an obvious choice. This colorful book provides concise explanations and descriptions of what is now known about the Sun-Earth System and offers a particular emphasis on space weather and sun-climate.

Also from NASA comes Our Changing Atmosphere: Discoveries From EOS Aura. This booklet details discoveries from the Earth Observing System satellite Aura, which was launched in 2004. According to NASA, “Aura’s measurements will enable us to investigate questions about ozone trends, air quality changes and their linkage to climate change.” Aura is part of the Earth Science Projects Division of NASA, a program dedicated to monitoring the complex interactions that affect the globe using NASA satellites and data systems.

The GLOBE Earth System Poster Learning Activities book is designed to help scientists, teachers, students, and others understand variations in environmental parameters by examining connections among different phenomena measured on local, regional and global scales. It demonstrates the relationships between and among environmental data. Readers will learn about how the environment is the result of the interplay among many processes that take place on varying time and spatial scales. This book also explains that environmental processes are not bound by oceans, mountains, or country delineations, but are truly global in scope. Also available from the GPO Bookstore to go along with this publication is Satellite Images to Accompany the GLOBE Earth System Poster Learning Activities Guide.

We hope we’ve inspired you to immerse yourself in all that these Earth publications have to offer! There really is no place like Earth (well, that we know of at least!), so it’s vital that we take the time to learn about our planet and be thankful for all it has to offer. What are you waiting for? Head over to the GPO Bookstore and get down to Earth!

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

HOW DO I OBTAIN THESE RESOURCES?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

About the author: Blogger contributor Cat Goergen is the PR Specialist in GPO’s Public Relations office.


GPO Summer Travel Series: Seeing Stars

July 24, 2018

A kid in foggy goggles yells BELLY FLOPPP!, the sound of the lifeguard whistle blows, the smell of Chlorine fills the hot air, and suddenly, nostalgia has made her way to us. What are some of your best summer memories? Maybe it’s chasing after the ice cream truck, cannonballing into the lake, catching fireflies in jars, or selling lemonade to the cars that pass by. All make for a pretty epic summer break. But what about stargazing at a National Park? If you have children in your life, it’s essential you add stargazing to their list of favorite summer pastimes! And hey – you’re never too old to create a new memory yourself.

Midwest National Parks of the United States offer a sanctuary of natural darkness, making them perfect stargazing sites. Head over to one before the summer is over – many parks actually have night sky programs. Pick the park of your choice and ask the folks at the visitor center about the program. Thank your lucky stars (and your national park ranger) for the opportunity because that giddy summer’s here feeling you had as a kid is about to return.

Before setting off for your stargazing adventure, order Junior Ranger Night Explorer, an activity booklet from the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior. To start off, the booklet will guide you through smart stargazing, including what items to bring with you so you can see all the planets and star clusters up close and personal. With Junior Ranger Night Explorer, your little rising stars will learn how to find the North Star, track phases of the moon, learn about galaxies, and use all their senses to explore the night environment at a national park.

What’s perhaps even cooler is that right inside the booklet are some stargazing tools! Cut out the planisphere (also known as a star wheel) and holder provided in the booklet. Then turn the wheel until the date appears above the time that you are out at night. The constellations visible at that time will appear in the window. Next, hold the planisphere above your head and look up at it to see where each constellation is located in the sky.

If you notice that some stars appear to be different colors than others, it’s because they are! The colors of stars indicate what temperature they are. For example, blue stars are hot, while red stars aren’t so hot. The sun is yellow, which means it’s a medium temperature. By studying the color of a star, astronomers can learn about its birth, life and death. That’s right! Just like us, stars are born, alive for some time (about ten billion years that is), and eventually die.

Creative Junior Night Explorers can even make up their own constellation story. The Big Dipper was known to Native Americans and Greeks as a big bear, but farmers in England knew it as a plow. Their differing ways of life actually influenced what they believed the shape to be – pretty incredible, right? Now grab your handy dandy Junior Ranger Night Explorer activity booklet and draw your own constellation!

You can now add stargazing to your list of favorite summer activities. Stay tuned to Government Book Talk to see what’s written in the stars for next time, our devoted travelers!

More from our Summer Travel Series:

GPO Summer Travel Series: Cave Dwellers, Fossil Finders and Dinosaurs Galore

GPO Summer Travel Series: Beach Health and Safety

GPO Summer Travel Series: California, Here GPO Comes

GPO Summer Travel Series: Exploring the Everglades

GPO Summer Travel Series: A Cape Cod Vacation

GPO Summer Travel Series: Your Trip to Yellowstone

GPO Summer Travel Series: Discover the Grand Canyon

GPO Summer Travel Series: What to Do and See in Washington DC

Don’t forget to check out our latest catalog America The Beautiful.

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

HOW DO I OBTAIN THESE RESOURCES?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Blogger contributor Cat Goergen is the PR Specialist in GPO’s Public Relations office.


Far Out NASA Publications You Need for National Space Day 2018

May 3, 2018

“That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong

Faster than you can quote the great Neil Armstrong, National Space Day 2018 is here. National Space Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday of May. It was created by Lockheed Martin in 1997 as a day to promote the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields among young people and to encourage youth to learn more about space and space exploration. From calendars to books, the GPO bookstore has everything your favorite stargazer needs to celebrate the solar system.

We all know NASA. In layman’s terms, it’s where some of the most brilliant people build rocket ships and send men floating into space. Even a simple Google search for “What does NASA do?” will turn up the result that the agency “is responsible for science and technology related to air and space.” But don’t believe everything you read on the internet. GPO is here to tell you this: NASA technology is not just made for air and space. It’s all around us. Right here on planet earth.

Spinoff 2018 is a newly-released book published by NASA that highlights this commercialized NASA technology, which can be found in lots of everyday items from phones to furniture to cars. We won’t give it all away, but in the book, NASA walks readers through initial uses for the technology and how these spinoffs have helped make advances in health and medicine, public safety, energy and the environment, information technology, and more. You’ve got to read it to believe it.

Need a little more space? Your wish upon a luminous point in the night sky is our command. The International Space Station: Operating an Outpost in the New Frontier is also available for purchase now. NASA’s flight director, who authored the book, takes readers through the operations of the International Space Station from the perspective of the Houston flight control team.

Know someone who’s a total space cadet? Keep them organized with the NASA Science 2018 Commemorative Calendar, still available for purchase. It’s full of mesmerizing photos of the stars, galaxy and everyone’s favorite planet … Earth, of course. Sorry, other planets. You’re great with all your rings and ice. Just not very inhabitable.

Go on, get lost in space. Check out these publications.  May the fourth be with you!

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

HOW DO I OBTAIN THESE RESOURCES?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Blogger contributor Cat Goergen is the PR Specialist in GPO’s Public Relations office.

 


GPO Has You Covered for the Great American Eclipse

August 16, 2017

On August 21, 2017, the entire United States will be looking to the skies for a phenomena that rarely happens. For the first time in almost 100 years, the total eclipse will occur primarily in the U.S. and could be one of the most important astronomical events of the century for our country.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released several printouts and downloadable content to use in the build up to this historic event. By visiting eclipse2017.nasa.gov, you can learn all about the importance of this particular eclipse, where to best view it, and when it should occur in your location.

GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program hosted a free webinar on the upcoming eclipse, “Government Information on the Great American Eclipse.” It was presented by Linda Zellmer, Government Information & Data Services Librarian / Liaison to Physical & Natural Sciences & Agriculture at Western Illinois University. Access the recording of the session and the accompanying slides. You can also visit nationwide Federal depository libraries to access more information on the eclipse from NASA.

Being able to unite the masses in the interest of science can be pretty rare, but as this is a particularly rare event, it has even drawn the honor of being formally recognized on the House floor as representative Mike Bost likened the event to the “astronomical Super Bowl.” The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is proud to offer the digital copies of these rare instances on govinfo.gov.

The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) also has several items that pertain to the eclipse such as:

In the U.S. Government Bookstore, you can find several items from NASA that should be able to keep the magic of the Great American Eclipse going for the rest of the year. You could check out the Astronomical Phenomena for the Year 2017, which offers dates for solar equinoxes, solstices, and phases of the Moon along with other dates for various planetary phenomena and interesting astronomical information for the year.

There’s also the popular title NASA’s Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration, which communicates NASA’s strategy and progress to learn about the Red Planet, to inform us more about our Earth’s past and future, and may help answer whether life exists beyond our home planet.

If you’re more of a visual learner, there is also the NASA Science 2017 wall calendar that covers fascinating images of the earth, heliophysics, astrophysics, Pluto’s “Heart” and other planetary images and more.

The collections never end, and with GPO’s help you can make learning about space and astronomy a fun journey for your entire family.

HOW DO I OBTAIN THESE RESOURCES?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at http://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Blogger contributor Scott Pauley is a Writer and Editor in GPO’s Library Services and Content Management office.


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