KECK INSTITUTE FOR SPACE STUDIES

       

Upcoming Events

September
16 - 20

Workshop: Beyond Interstellar - Extracting Science from Black Hole Images

This workshop will review the science motivation for event horizon scale probes, assess and explore techniques to connect observations to the underlying black hole physics, and explore what ancillary science might be possible with future space-enhancements to Earth-based arrays like the EHT.


September
26

Lecture: Telescopes, Astronomical Discoveries, and Their Influence on Literature

In this talk, Anna Ho will discuss Chaucer, Milton and other artists who grappled with developments in astronomy, and who incorporated an updated understanding of the universe into their dialogue and imagery.


October
14 - 18

Sensing Forest Water Dynamics from Space: Towards Predicting the Earth System Response to Droughts

The focus of this workshop is to greatly increase our current capacity to understand and predict the response of forest ecosystems to droughts and links between water and carbon processes in the earth’s biosphere.

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
July
10
2019 JPL Postdoc Research Day
August
19-23
NASA Summer School on Satellite Observations and Climate Models

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Video Posted: From Apollo to Artemis: Policy History and Promise

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Apollo lunar landing and the announcement of the Artemis program to place the first American woman and the next American man on the Moon in the next five years. The first half of the talk will describe the policy history around President Kennedy’s challenge of “before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth” as well as subsequent internal debates on how to meet this audacious goal.

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Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor (EELS) Robotic Architecture

Video Posted: Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor (EELS) Robotic Architecture

Plumbing the depths of the Enceladus and possibly Europa plume vents for liquid water, searching for extant life. Descending crevasses in ice sheets on Earth to discover the fate of melt water runoff and its effects for Earth science. The Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor or EELS robot architecture is designed to carry the latest instruments into these dynamic arenas in search of life.

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Bethany Ehlmann

Video Posted: Watching the Earth Breathe from the International Space Station

Dr. Annmarie Eldering, the Project Scientist for OCO-3, shared some of the latest news from OCO-3, as well as the goals for the three year measurement campaign from the ISS.

OCO-3 will demonstrate a new technique to measure urban carbon emissions, volcanic eruptions and other local carbon sources from space.

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Congratulations to Bethany Ehlmann and her team on NASA's selection of the Lunar Trailblazer concept

Caltech Prof. Bethany Ehlmann and her team's Lunar Trailblazer concept was selected by NASA to receive funding to further develop and mature the concept design. If eventually selected for flight out of the three finalists, Lunar Trailblazer will directly detect and map water on the lunar surface to determine how its form, abundance, and location relate to geology.

See the 2013 KISS Study New Approaches to Lunar Ice Detection and Mapping for mention of this concept.

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