KECK INSTITUTE FOR SPACE STUDIES

       

Upcoming Events

December
5 - 8

Exoplanet Imaging and Characterization - Part 2

The second workshop will refocus on conceptual instrument designs, and on identifying technology development work packages. An ancillary goal will be to consolidate the complementarity and synergies between ground- and space-based platforms.



December
20

Proposals Due (noon)

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) is soliciting concepts for Study Programs to be carried out during the 2017 calendar year. We intend to select and support 3-4 Study Programs for the 2017 calendar year.



January
18 - 20

Star Formation and Nearby Galaxies with JWST

This workshop will bring together researchers and JWST technical experts to engage in science and observation planning. Time will be devoted to both hands-on tutorials with a range of JWST tools, as well as presentation and discussion of science results that motivate the next crucial steps with JWST.


Optical Communication on SmallSats - Part 2

In this second workshop, we will dive deeper into the current challenges, in order to craft recommendations for further investment from our sponsors and key stakeholders. Our findings, captured in the final report, will inform and guide strategic decisions in the implementation and maturation of optical communication subsystems that will enhance the quality of scientific observation from space, and reduce the mass and power utilization required for communication.

27
August
 Tyranny of the Rocket Equation
27
October
Profits in the Final Frontier
Space Entrepreneurship Panel:

Profits in the Final Frontier
22
December
Proposals Due
7 - 11
December
Methane on Mars
Workshop:

Methane on Mars
15
February
Proposals Selections Announced
Proposals Selections Announced
14 - 17
June
Methane on Mars - Part II
20
December
Proposals Due

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Operational Thoughts on Data Driven Decision Making

Watch astronaut Tyler N. "Nick" Hague from NASA Johnson Space Center talk about operational perspectives on the use of telepresence to support planetary exploration.

Based on experiences gained training for spaceflight and supporting operations onboard the International Space Station, considerations for the implementation of robotically enhanced exploration will be discussed in the context of several operational environments.

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White House, NASA to Discuss Asteroid Redirect Mission’s Importance for Journey to Mars, Planetary Defense

NASA will provide three virtual updates on two planned Asteroid Redirect Missions (ARM) Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

NASA Television will provide coverage at 11 a.m. EDT of the first briefing to discuss ARM’s contributions to the Journey to Mars and protection of our planet.

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Short Course: Mastering the Wave - The Whys and Hows of Exoplanet Imaging

The essence of imaging faint planets lies in controlling and canceling light waves from the parent star to great precision. This is a challenging problem, regardless of whether it is attempted through the Earth’s turbulent atmosphere or from the serenity of space. This is an exciting time, as the first dedicated planet imagers hunt for giant planets using the world’s largest telescopes, and as NASA plans ambitious missions in search of bona fide earth twins.

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