KECK INSTITUTE FOR SPACE STUDIES

       

Upcoming Events

June
3 - 4

The Dawn of Private Space Science Symposium

The Dawn of Private Space Science Symposium is a new platform to facilitate communication between the private space industry and scientists. The symposium brings together leading scientists, foundations, corporations, policy makers, and commercial spacelines under one roof to create opportunities for scientific research in space. This groundbreaking collaboration will enable advancement of science that will benefit our species, planet, and existence.


June
5 - 8

Workshop: Cryogenic Comet Sample Return – Compelling New Science vs. Technological Challenges

This workshop will evaluate a comet’s nucleus interior based on the new results from the Rosetta mission and determine the science impact tradeoffs for a series of temperature ranges for a cryogenic comet nucleus sample return mission.


July
11 - 13

Workshop: Space Science Opportunities Augmented by Exploration Telepresence - Part II

This workshop will analyze how rapid progress in telerobotic technology might change the face of space exploration on the timescale foreseen for sending humans to Mars.

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

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Lecture: The Glass Ceiling and The Glass Universe

Women found an early, productive place in the activities of the Harvard College Observatory. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th century, as many as twenty women at a time made fundamental discoveries in astrophysics by examining glass photographic plates taken hour by hour, night after night, in both the northern and the southern hemisphere. The women’s efforts led to a globally accepted classification for the stars that is still in use today, and understanding of the chemistry of the heavens, and a means for measuring distances across space.

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Training Ground

Newly minted PhDs Jessica Hinojosa and Abigail “Abby” Crites (BS ’06) are traveling to far-flung corners of the world to advance their research and learning how to be leaders in their fields—from running a laboratory to searching for new questions to explore.

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Lecture: Hybrid Rocket Propulsion for a Low Temperature Mars Ascent Vehicle

Watch a video of Dr. Ashley C. Karp's lecture, where she discusses a new hybrid propulsion system for a conceptual Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV). As part of a potential Mars Sample Return campaign, the MAV would be responsible for lifting Martian samples from the surface of Mars to orbit around Mars.

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Caltech Space Challenge 2017

The organizers of the 2017 Caltech Space Challenge are pleased to announce that they had received an unprecedented amount applications this year. There are 840 candidates who will be competing for a chance to participate in the space mission design competition that involves engineering a Lunarport supply station for deep-space missions. The number of candidates this year is greater than the amount of applicants from the past three challenges combined. Selecting 32 finalists from so many highly qualified students will  result in a  3.8% acceptance rate. The organizers will be announcing their selections in early 2017.

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