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Upcoming Events

January
16

Short Course: Science, Source Modeling, and Data Analysis for the Space-Based Gravitational-Wave Observatory LISA

This short course provides an overview of the LISA design and science objectives; reviews state of the art and prospects for gravitational waveform models; and introduces data-analysis techniques for gravitational waves, as they are currently used in LIGO–Virgo searches, and as they will grow in scale and sophistication to handle the LISA dataset.


January
16 - 19

Workshop: The Architecture of LISA Science Analysis

The space-based gravitational-wave observatory LISA will offer unparalleled science returns, including a view of massive black-hole mergers to high redshifts, precision tests of general relativity and black-hole structure, a census of thousands of compact binaries in the Galaxy, and the possibility of detecting stochastic signals from the early Universe.


January
30

Symposium: Virtual and Augmented Reality for Space Science and Exploration

The emerging technologies of Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) are promising to change dramatically the ways in which we perceive information and interact with it. VR/AR offer a natural, intuitive, and highly effective way for a collaborative data visualization and visual exploration. We will focus on two area of space science and exploration where these technologies can have a major impact: mission planning and operations, and data visualization of high-dimensionality abstract data spaces.

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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Important Information about the KISS ISM Program

Recent press articles (late 2017) appear to have included erroneous information about a Keck Institute (KISS) study. KISS has not produced a study about using SpaceX's BFR to get to 'Oumuamua. KISS did convene a program to study possibilities for future missions to reach the interstellar medium outside the solar system, but that study took place before the discovery of 'Oumuamua and is not applicable to that object.

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Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments - Steampunk Meets Spacecraft

This lecture had introduced the Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments to replace vulnerable electronic systems with a mechanical design. By utilizing high temperature alloys, the rover would survive for months and return valuable long-term science data from the surface of Venus. This science data would be critical for informing and improving models of dynamic planetary systems. 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.

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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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