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Upcoming Events

Nov. 28
- Dec. 1

Workshop: Unlocking the Climate Record Stored within Mars' Polar Layered Deposits - Part II

This workshop has two major objectives: to develop viable concepts for orbital and surface implementations of a PLD mission and to identify key technology gaps that could be addressed with near-term and long-term investments.


December
9

Symposium - Plan B: Engineering a Cooler Earth

A symposium hosted by The Linde Center for Global Environmental Science, the Resnick Sustainability Institute, and the Keck Institute for Space Studies. At this one day event, experts in carbon dioxide removal and sequestration, and global brightening to reflect more of the sun's rays, a process known as albedo management, will describe the state of the science, as well as discuss issues of ethics, governance, and communication.


December
20

2018 Study Programs Proposals Due (noon)

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) is soliciting concepts for Study Programs to be carried out during the 2018 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.

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

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Review Article: Methane - Fuel or Exhaust at the Emergence of Life?

As many of the methanogens first encountered at hydrothermal vents were thermophilic to hyperthermophilic and comprised one of the lower roots of the evolutionary tree, it has been assumed that methanogenesis was one of the earliest, if not the earliest, pathway to life.

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Review Article: Exploration Telepresence

Astronauts in Mars orbit could orchestrate complex exploration of the surface by robots a full decade before a human landing is possible. Astronaut and planetary scientist Tom Jones argues that such virtual presence could get humans working on Mars by the early 2030s as a precursor to a landing.

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Videos Posted: Next-Generation Approach for Detecting Climate-Carbon Feedbacks

Terrestrial photosynthesis is the fundamental process that converts carbon, water, and sunlight into chemical energy, resulting in a coupling between global cycles of carbon, water, and energy.

This short course covers the relationship of OCS and SIF to photosynthesis from the leaf to global scales; the state of the art for current applications of SIF and OCS to understanding the Earth's biosphere; and the status of our current carbon cycle models that simulate photosynthesis.

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Video Posted: NASA's Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt

Dawn is the only spacecraft ever to orbit a dwarf planet and is the only one ever to orbit any two extraterrestrial destinations. It has also maneuvered extensively in orbit to optimize its observations. Such a mission would be impossible without the use of ion propulsion, a technology that has largely been in the domain of science fiction.

Dr. Marc Rayman gives a fascinating and entertaining presentation on the Dawn mission and its use of ion propulsion as well as its two exotic destinations.

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