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Upcoming Events

September
18 - 22

Workshop: Next-Generation Approach for Detecting Climate-Carbon Feedbacks: Space-Based Integration of Carbonyl Sulfide (OCS), CO2, and Solar Induced Fluorescence (SIF)

This KISS workshop will be used to articulate a vision for coupled analysis of carbonyl sulfide (OCS) retrievals with satellite-based SIF and CO2 data, providing a new window into the carbon cycle and a revolution in our understanding of carbon-climate feedbacks and crop monitoring.


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 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.


October
9 - 12

Workshop: Accessing the Subsurface Oceans of Icy Worlds

This KISS study is devoted to the question of accessing the subsurface oceans of icy worlds in order to explore these water oceans and to discover the presence of alien extant life. The goal of this workshop is to review the different technologies that have been developed and to define the technologies that are still required.


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

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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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Review Article: Methane Seepage on Mars - Where to Look and Why

Methane on Mars is a topic of special interest because of its potential association with microbial life. The variable detections of methane by the Curiosity rover, orbiters, and terrestrial telescopes, coupled with methane’s short lifetime in the martian atmosphere, may imply an active gas source in the planet’s subsurface, with migration and surface emission processes similar to those known on Earth as "gas seepage."

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Space Robots

Hot off the press - read "Exploration Telepresence: A Strategy for Optimizing Scientific Research at Remote Space Destinations" to learn how modern telerobotic technologies offer astronaut scientists real-time presence on planetary surfaces without the risk and cost of putting them all the way there. This KISS study is getting ready to finish up their work in July 2017 at their final workshop.

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