KECK INSTITUTE FOR SPACE STUDIES

       

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Expected
September 29

Solicitation Release Date

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) will be soliciting proposals for Study Programs to be carried out during the 2017 calendar year. Study program proposals are solicited in the areas of space engineering, planetary science, remote sensing and earth system science, astrobiology, and astronomy and physics from space.


October
3 - 7

Space Science Opportunities Augmented by Exploration Telepresence

The aim of this workshop will be a critical review of a potentially new space exploration strategic approach: field scientific research on planetary surfaces conducted by astronaut/scientists using robotic surrogates when the distance from the scientists to the robots is so short as to provide the illusion of being part of the surface environment without requiring humans to be physically at the site.

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

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White House, NASA to Discuss Asteroid Redirect Mission’s Importance for Journey to Mars, Planetary Defense

NASA will provide three virtual updates on two planned Asteroid Redirect Missions (ARM) Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

NASA Television will provide coverage at 11 a.m. EDT of the first briefing to discuss ARM’s contributions to the Journey to Mars and protection of our planet.

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

The essence of imaging faint planets lies in controlling and canceling light waves from the parent star to great precision. This is a challenging problem, regardless of whether it is attempted through the Earth’s turbulent atmosphere or from the serenity of space. This is an exciting time, as the first dedicated planet imagers hunt for giant planets using the world’s largest telescopes, and as NASA plans ambitious missions in search of bona fide earth twins.

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Short Course: 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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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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