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Upcoming Events

May
15 - 18

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

This workshop will explore the technology requirements for a potential mission to the Solar Gravity Lens Focus. 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.


May
16

Lecture: Magnifying Light by 100 Billion Times with the Solar Gravity Lens to Image an Exoplanet

Nature has presented us with a very powerful “instrument” that we have yet to explore and learn to use. This instrument is the Solar Gravitational Lens (SGL), which results from the ability of the gravity field of the Sun to focus light from faint, distant targets. In the near future, a modest telescope could operate on the focal line of the SGL which begins 547 AU in the far outer solar system.


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.


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
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

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Moon Diver Mission Concept

Moon Diver Mission Concept: Descending into a Moon Cave to Better Understand the Solar System’s Largest Volcanic Eruptions

The Moon Diver mission concept proposes to send the JPL-developed Axel extreme terrain rover into one of these pits, rappelling down the wall to expose the history of the lunar mare, and to illuminate the workings of the flood basalt eruptions that created them: eruptions on a scale never before witnessed in the history of humankind.

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2018 KISS Study Programs Announced

The KISS Steering Committee has selected the following three programs for inclusion into the 2018 KISS Study Program:

1) Tidal Heating – Lessons from Io and the Jovian System

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

3) Large Constellations and Formations for Exploring Interstellar Objects and Long-Period Comets

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The Whys and Hows of Future Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) Exploration

This short course analyzes future CMB experiments, considering technical and hardware aspects along with theoretical modeling, astrophysics and statistics.

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Mars Subsurface Exploration - Life and Resources in the Martian Subsurface

This short course presents essential pieces of knowledge — from astrobiology and hydrology to robotics and instrumentation — needed in order to tackle the challenge of making deep and wide Mars subsurface access a feasible reality in the next decade.

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