KECK INSTITUTE FOR SPACE STUDIES

       

Upcoming Events

October 31
- November 3

Workshop: Cryogenic Comet (and Centaur) Sample Return: Compelling New Science vs. Technological Challenges – Part II

This workshop will determine the effect of surface hardness on sampling and drilling technology, identify case scenarios and engineering models to address the extremes, and evaluate and come up with recommendations regarding primitive/non-primitive status of ice grains and organics in protoplanetary disk that would become cometesimals and KBOs/Oort Cloud bodies in an evolved Solar System like ours.

November
3

2018 Study Programs Proposal Concepts 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.


November
6

Lecture: Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments: Steampunk Meets Spacecraft

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C, and 92 times the surface pressure of Earth, Venus is one of the most hostile planetary environments in the solar system. The Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments, would replace vulnerable electronic systems with a mechanical design. To implement AREE, “steampunk” science fiction meets spacecraft technology, in a unique rover that must be robust and able to operate during its entire mission without human intervention.


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

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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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