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Upcoming Events

November
26

Mars InSight Landing: Viewing Party and Discussion

Join Caltech and The Planetary Society as the newest visitor from Earth lands on the Red Planet. InSight is the first robotic explorer built to study the interior of Mars and take the planet's vital signs, including its pulse and its temperature. Watch NASA's live coverage of the landing, which will come from the InSight Team at the Caltech-managed Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Mat Kaplan of The Planetary Society's Planetary Radio series will host a panel of experts who will provide additional commentary on the event on the Beckman Auditorium stage.


December
18

2019 Study Program Proposals Due (noon)

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.

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
1
November
Proposal Concepts Due
Proposal Concepts Due
5
November
KISS Affiliates
KISS Affiliates Program Nominations Concepts Due
November
7
2018 JPL Research Poster Conference
18
December
Proposals Due
Proposals Due
November
7
2018 JPL Research Poster Conference

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Final Report: Methane on Mars

Future Mars exploration programs will have to expand the integration of complementary areas of expertise to generate synergistic and innovative ideas to realize breakthroughs in advancing our understanding of the potential of life and habitable conditions having existed on Mars. In this spirit, we conducted a set of interdisciplinary workshops. From this series has emerged a vision of technological, theoretical, and methodological innovations to explore the martian subsurface and to enhance spatial tracking of key volatiles, such as CH4.

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The Space Barons and the New Space Age

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The Space Barons is the story of a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. Nearly a half-century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, these Space Barons are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space travel, and send humans even further than NASA has gone. These entrepreneurs have founded some of the biggest brands in the world-Amazon, Microsoft, Virgin, Tesla, PayPal-and upended industry after industry.

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OFC final report

Final Report: Optical Frequency Combs for Space Applications

An Optical Frequency Comb (OFC) is an optical spectrum consisting of uniformly spaced lines. The stability of the line spacing is controlled by a radio frequency or microwave source. Moreover, if the comb is spectrally broadened to encompass an octave of bandwidth, it is also possible to "self-reference" the comb, endowing it with absolute frequency stability at a Hertz level. It is accordingly a very precise spectroscopic tool for measuring different frequencies of light and is sometimes referred to as an optical ruler.

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Parker Solar Probe

Student-Built Satellite Telescope Prepares for Space

In 2008, a series of workshops at the Keck Institute of Space Studies (KISS) at Caltech inspired a low-cost mission to demonstrate the feasibility of sending a telescope to space in pieces and having it assemble itself once in orbit.

That telescope, which came to be known as AAReST (Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope), was designed and built in large part by students in Caltech's Ae 105 Aerospace Engineering class. Over the years, these students planned the mission and designed the telescope.

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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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