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October
1

Call for Concepts for Study Programs

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) is soliciting concepts for Study Programs to be carried out during the 2022 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.


November
2

Lecture: How a team of young Caltech/JPL researchers transformed the field of Earth Observation with Spaceborne Radars

Forty years ago, in November 1981, a team of young JPL scientists and engineers conducted the first experiment ever flown on the Space Shuttle. The Shuttle Imaging Radar-A (SIR-A) imaged large areas of our planet and led to the discovery of a network of ancient paleo rivers in Egypt and North Africa. This talk, given by the leader of that team, will cover the history of how this team conceived and accomplished these advances that dramatically expanded our ability to map and monitor the changes on our planet.


November
8 - 11

Workshop: Next-Generation Planetary Geodesy - Part II

This is the second workshop in the series of next-generation planetary geodesy workshops. We will focus on studying the formation and evolution of the Martian crust and lithosphere as well as how geodetic data will inform us of the geodynamic regime and habitability of Europa and Enceladus.


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
October
1
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
January
7 - 9
Exploring Ocean Worlds (ExOW)
January
26
Affiliates Welcome Event
Special Event:

Affiliates Welcome
June
7 - 11
 Workshop: Next-Generation Planetary Geodesy

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Final Report DOI: 10.7907/81y6-119

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A copy of Zach’s presentation is available below.

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Read the full story at Caltech Weekly and explore "Probing the Interior Structure of Venus" report prepared by Venus Seismology Study Team in 2015.

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