KECK INSTITUTE FOR SPACE STUDIES

       

Upcoming Events

August
27 - 31

NASA Summer School on Satellite Observations and Climate Models

Our yearly summer school focuses on the topic of "Using Satellite Observations to Advance Climate Models". Students will explore how satellite observations can be used to evaluate and improve climate models, and will hear from a range of speakers on climate model diagnostics and evaluation and remote sensing of the planet.


October
1 - 5

Workshop: Unlocking a New Era in Biodiversity Science - Linking Integrated Space Based and In-Situ Observations

The focus of this workshop is to advance progress towards the development of a global biodiversity observation system that couples space-based and ground-based approaches to quantifying biodiversity, to identify gaps in biodiversity traits and EBVs, and to explore how the fusion of diverse remote sensing measurements can contribute to monitoring biodiversity change.

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
June
20
2018 JPL Postdoc Research Day
July
19
Solar Probe

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Parker Solar Probe

Parker Solar Probe: Exploring the Plasma Physics of the Solar Corona and Inner Heliosphere

The magnetic field is fundamental to solar and stellar activity and shapes the inter-planetary environment, as demonstrated by many past and present interplanetary and remote sensing spacecraft. Magnetic fields are also the source for coronal heating and the very existence of the solar wind; produced by the sun’s dynamo and emerging into the corona, magnetic fields become a conduit for waves, act to store energy, and then propel plasma into the Heliosphere in the form of Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs).

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PhotoSpec

Final Report: Techniques and Technologies for Investigating the Interior Structure of Venus

This Technical Development Report describes the infrasound technique for seismic investigation of Venus.

A number of alternative pathways to understanding the interior of Venus are now being pursued towards application on a mission including both orbital and balloon based concepts.

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PhotoSpec

PhotoSpec: A New Instrument to Measure Spatially Distributed Red and Far-Red Solar-Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence

We present a novel ground-based spectrometer system - PhotoSpec - for measuring SIF in the red (670–732 nm) and far-red (729–784 nm) wavelength range as well as canopy reflectance (400–900 nm) to calculate vegetation indices, such as the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), the enhanced vegetation index (EVI), and the photochemical reflectance index (PRI).

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Methane on Mars

Technology Requirements to Operate at and Utilize the Solar Gravity Lens for Exoplanet Imaging

The interest in the SGLF mission is that it may provide the best, affordable way to achieve kilometer scale images and spatially resolved spectra of resolved features associated with a putative biomass.

This study provided an opportunity for in-depth discussion in science, instrumentation and mission – which we hope will lead to specific design and technology development proposals to enable this mission to be launched in the mid-2020s.

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