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Upcoming Events

August
8 - 11

Workshop: Unlocking the Climate Record Stored within Mars' Polar Layered Deposits

This workshop will establish a core group of researchers and technologists that will be likely to propose a future mission to the Martian polar regions and identify opportunities to leverage existing facilities for the study of Mars ice analog samples and testing hardware for future missions.


August
16

JPL Postdoc Research Day

The JPL Office of the Chief Scientist and Chief Technologist cordially invite you to attend the 2017 JPL Postdoc Research Day on August 16, 2017. There will be over 70 posters on display in the following disciplines: technology, instrumentation and engineering ; astrophysics and space science; earth science; planetary science and life detection.


August
30

Symposium: DaMaSC IV - Beyond WIMP Dark Matter

The fourth edition of the DaMaSC (Dark Matter in Southern California) symposium will focus on dark matter beyond the WIMP paradigm. Motivated by intriguing hints from astrophysical observations and by the ever more restrictive bounds on WIMPs from direct detection experiments, now is an excellent time to consider alternatives to WIMP dark matter, from both observational and model building perspectives, and compare them with the standard WIMP picture.

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
26-31
March
Caltech Space Challenge 2017
03-04
June
The Dawn of Private Space Science Symposium
15
May
Cassini's Grand Finale
16
August
JPL Postdoc Research Day

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Space Robots

Hot off the press - read "Exploration Telepresence: A Strategy for Optimizing Scientific Research at Remote Space Destinations" to learn how modern telerobotic technologies offer astronaut scientists real-time presence on planetary surfaces without the risk and cost of putting them all the way there. This KISS study is getting ready to finish up their work in July 2017 at their final workshop.

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ISS Observations Offer Insights Into Plant Function

In 2018 technologies on the International Space Station will provide ~1 year of synchronous observations of ecosystem composition, structure and function. This KISS study just published a paper that discusses how these instruments will improve our understanding of the current state of terrestrial ecosystems.

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Cassini's Grand Finale: Capstone for Saturn Exploration

Cassini, orbiting Saturn for nearly 13 years, has revolutionized our knowledge of the Saturn system and informed us of new places to search for habitable environments. Cassini will send back its final bits of unique data on September 15th, 2017, as it plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere, vaporizing and satisfying planetary protection requirements.

Before that time, Cassini will continue its legacy of exploration and discovery in 2017 and return unique science data provided by 22 orbits, taking the spacecraft into unexplored regions near Saturn and its rings.

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Extrasolar Planets

Meet Professor Gregg Hallinan - an astrophysicist who has led a successful KISS Study on planetary magnetic fields.

Planetary-scale magnetic fields are a window to a planet’s interior and provide shielding of the planet’s atmosphere and surface for life.

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