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Upcoming Events

Short Course: Mastering the Wave - The Whys and Hows of Exoplanet Imaging

This introductory short course, designed for a broad audience, demystifies key principles behind exoplanet imaging, and provides an overview of ongoing efforts at NASA and ground based observatories.



Exoplanet Imaging and Characterization: Coherent Differential Imaging and Signal Detection Statistics

This workshop will bring together space scientists, technologists, and mission designers to understand the current limitations faced by SmallSat science missions stemming from the communication bottleneck, and together craft novel technical approaches for optical data transfer that significantly enhances the quality and volume of data returned by these missions.

Addressing the Mars ISRU Challenge: Production of Oxygen and Fuel from CO2 using Sunlight - Part 2

The main technical goals will be to identify specific photoelectrochemical pathways that are well suited for carbon dioxide reduction in the unique Mars environment, as well as viable designs for scalable Mars oxygen and fuel production devices.

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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

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Short Course Videos Posted: Satellite Communication with Laser Beams – The Next Wave

Communication is an essential capability all spacecraft require for scientific exploration of space. For decades, NASA has relied on a mature network infrastructure based on radio frequency (RF) technology. Now, a new approach using laser light is being developed for its potential to significantly increase the speed of communication.

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Final Report

Short Course: In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) on Mars

The human exploration of Mars will require vast amounts of fuel and oxygen, both of which will be very difficult and expensive to bring entirely from Earth. A much better approach is to “life off the land”, producing these supplies from in-situ resources. But what resources are available on Mars?

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Final Report

Final Report: Planetary Magnetic Fields - Planetary Interiors and Habitability

This report summarizes the investigations and conclusions from a recent study on planetary magnetic fields. It describes the mission concepts that were developed during the course of the Study and focuses on the detection of magnetic fields, particularly by remote sensing means suitable over interstellar distances.

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Climate Change Impact on Past Civilizations: Lessons from Space Data and Archaeology

Climate Change Impact on Past Civilizations: Lessons from Space Data and Archaeology

NASA and other remote sensing data from spacecraft and aircraft have contributed significantly to archaeological research. This work has included locating the lost “city” of Ubar in present day Oman, study of Native American sites on San Clemente Island off the California coast, to detection of disturbance of the Nazca lines in present day Peru.

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