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Upcoming Events

October
1

Call for Concepts for 2019 Study Programs

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) is soliciting concepts for Study Programs to be carried out during the 2019 calendar year. Concepts are solicited in the areas of space engineering, planetary science, remote sensing and earth system science, astrobiology, and astronomy and physics from space.


October
15

KISS Affiliates Program – 2019 Solicitation

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) is soliciting nominations for KISS Affiliates who will begin their tenure during the 2019 calendar year. We intend to select one graduate student and one postdoctoral scholar from each of the EAS, GPS and PMA divisions, adding a total of 6 new KISS Affiliates to the ongoing program.


October
15

Short Course: Tidal Heating on Solar System Worlds

This short course will explore the process of tidal heating in rocky and icy worlds through the lenses of orbital dynamics, deformation, and evolution of interior properties. The course will cover how orbits and tides drive geological activities and alter the surface/subsurface environments of Solar System satellites, as well as how measurements of these processes, and of global properties, such as shape, gravity and orbit, inform our understanding of the tidal heating process.

October
15 - 19

Workshop: Tidal Heating – Lessons from Io and the Jovian System

This workshop will emphasize the Jovian system, and Io in particular, as the best laboratory for understanding the fundamental processes of tidal heating.

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

Profits in the Final Frontier
6
November
Proposal Concepts Due
Proposal Concepts Due
22
December
Proposals Due
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
3
October
Solicitation Release Date
Solicitation Release Date
3
November
Proposal Concepts Due
Proposal Concepts Due (noon)
20
December
Proposals Due
Proposals Due (noon)
18-20
January
Co-Sponsored Event
Star Formation and Nearby Galaxies with JWST
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
October
3
Call for Concepts for Study Programs
November
3
Proposal Concepts Due
Announcement:

Proposal Concepts Due
December
20
Proposals Due
Announcement:

Proposals Due
November
15
JPL Research Poster Conference
February
12-16
MarsX: Mars Subsurface Exploration
March
19-23
Designing Future CMB Experiments
December
9
Plan B: Engineering a Cooler Earth
22
February
The Interstellar Age
2
April
Moon Diver Mission Concept
15
October
Tidal Heating on Solar System Worlds
June
20
2018 JPL Postdoc Research Day
July
19
Solar Probe

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