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Upcoming Events

October
3

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 2023 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.


October
19

2023 KISS Solicitation for Follow-on Technical Development Proposals - Letter of Intent Due

The Keck Institute for Space Studies is soliciting follow-on technical development proposals from Caltech Campus faculty who have been participants in previous KISS Study Programs.


October
24 - 28

Workshop: Enabling Fast Response Missions to NEOs, ISOs, and LPCs

This one-week KISS workshop will unite experts in small bodies science, relevant instruments, ISO and LPC design, and mission implementation to tackle some of the most challenging aspects of developing and executing a mission to an LPC, ISO, or NEO.


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
November
19
 Nominations Due: 2022 KISS Affiliates Program
Nominations Due:

2022 KISS Affiliates Program
December
20
 Proposals Due: 2022 Study Programs
Proposals Due:

2022 KISS Study Programs
February
23
 Fireside Chat with Chad Edwards
Special Event:

Fireside Chat with Chad Edwards
Nov. 28
- Dec. 2
KISS Logo
October
3
Call for Concepts for Study Programs
November
2
Proposal Concepts Due
Announcement:

Proposal Concepts Due
December
20
Proposals Due
Announcement:

Proposals Due

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