Volume 10, Number 26
June 19, 2016
Editor: Mark V. Sykes
Co-Editors: Karen Stockstill-Cahill, Susan Benecchi
Email: pen_editor at psi.edu
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1. In Memoriam: Andre Brahic (1942-2016)
2. Second Announcement for SPICE Training in Madrid
3. [NASA] PDS: NEOWISE Diameters and Alebos Data Release
4. White Paper on the Value of Participating Science Programs on NASA
5. [NASA] PDS: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Data Release 26
6. Postdoctoral Position in Mars Science
7. ASGSR 2016 Call for Abstracts Due Date Extension and ASGSR Art
8. [NASA] PDS: Mars Exploration Rovers Data Release 48
9. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions
IN MEMORIAM: ANDRE BRAHIC (1942-2016)
From DPS Newsletter (https://dps.aas.org/news/andre-brahic-1942-2016),
The planetary community, and in particular his French colleagues and
friends, are very sad to announce the passing of Andre Brahic.
Professor at the University Paris-Diderot, based at the Observatory of
Paris until 1995 and the AIM laboratory at CEA Saclay, Andre Brahic
devoted most of his career to the study of solar system bodies, in
particular of planetary rings and the formation of planets, but started
out by working on the chaos theory, the dynamics of galaxies and the
supernovas. He was a member of the scientific teams of the cameras on
Voyager 1 and 2, through which he made many discoveries and notably
confirmed the existence of Neptune rings and the arcs of the Adams
ring, that he had predicted. With an international team, he showed that
the Adams ring, is actually composed of four arcs that he and his
collaborators baptized "Courage", "Liberte", "Egalite", "Fraternite"
(CLEF for "KEY" in French). He was also a [Cassini science team
member] ... Andre Brahic was of course also an extraordinary
communicator, who transmitted his passion for science and astrophysics
to generations of students and to the public.
SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SPICE TRAINING IN MADRID
The ESAC SPICE Service and the Navigation and Ancillary Information
Facility (NAIF) will conduct a SPICE observation geometry training
class on September 12-15, 2016 in Madrid, SPAIN. SPICE at ESAC is
The class is free and open to all professionals and students involved
in Solar System exploration. Further information about the class and
the class registration form are found at:
Registration is due by June 30, 2016.
[NASA] PDS: NEOWISE DIAMETERS AND ALBEDOS DATA RELEASE
The Planetary Data System (PDS) is pleased to announce the availability
of a data set containing a compilation of published diameters, optical
albedos, near-infrared albedos, and beaming parameters for minor
planets and other bodies detected by NEOWISE during the fully
cryogenic, 3-band cryo, post-cryo and NEOWISE-Reactivation Year 1
operations. The data set includes near-Earth asteroids, Main Belt
asteroids, active Main Belt objects, Hildas, Jupiter Trojans, Centaurs,
Comets, and Jovian and Saturnian irregular satellites.
To access the above data, please visit the following link:
WHITE PAPER ON THE VALUE OF PARTICIPATING SCIENCE PROGRAMS ON NASA
On behalf of the Assessment/Advisory Groups (OPAG, MEPAG, VEXAG, SBAG,
LEAG and CAPTEM), we are preparing a white paper about the value of
Participating Science programs on NASA planetary missions, and how the
usefulness of such programs might be maximized. This white paper will
be delivered to NASA and made available to the scientific community.
To help with the study, we have prepared a survey to gather opinions
and perceptions about Participating Scientist programs and
(Please note, we consider Guest Investigators and Interdisciplinary
Scientists to also be a type of Participating Scientist). Please
consider responding to this survey whether or not you have been a
Participating Scientist on a NASA mission. We will be contacting
mission Principle Investigators and Project Scientists separately about
their experiences, but all are welcome to fill out this survey; please
answer as many or as few questions as you wish.
If you have any questions about the survey or the white paper, please
[NASA] PDS: LUNAR RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER DATA RELEASE 26
The NASA Planetary Data System is pleased to announce a new delivery of
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) data for the following instruments:
This release includes a complete revision of LEND RSCI data products.
In general, LRO Release 26 includes data collected between December 15,
2015 and March 14, 2016. To access the above data, please visit the
PDS offers two services for searching the LRO archives: The Planetary
Image Atlas at the Imaging Node allows selection of LRO data by
specific search criteria:
and the Lunar Orbital Data Explorer at the Geosciences Node allows
searching and downloading of LRO data and other lunar orbital data
sets (Clementine and Lunar Prospector):
POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN MARS SCIENCE
The Department of Planetology and Habitability at the Centro de
Astrobiologia (CAB) invites applications for a postdoctoral position to
support investigations on the nature of the early Mars environments.
The successful candidate will work with Dr. Alberto Fairen in the
ERC-funded Project "icyMARS":
Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. in the field of Planetary Science
or related discipline, and a background in Mars research. Expertise in
Geochemistry or Microbiology would be helpful, but not required.
The position, placed in Madrid, would be for two years, with possible
extension to a third year contingent upon funding availability and
satisfactory performance. Benefits include working in a young
enthusiastic team at one of the leading Planetary Sciences institutions
in Europe, full social benefits according to the Spanish social care
system, and a very competitive salary.
Applicants should send a letter of interest, a curriculum with a list
of publications, a brief (maximum two pages) statement of research
interests, and a list of three references, no later than July 1 2016,
to Alberto Fairen (email@example.com).
The starting date is negotiable, but should be no later than Jan 1,
ASGSR 2016 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DUE DATE EXTENSION AND ASGSR ART
October 26-29, 2016
Submit an abstract at:
Hotel, Downtown Cleveland, OH:
This is your chance to showcase your creative side and your research!
This year the conference will have an art competition, so consider
submitting an entry from you or your students. Entries will be
displayed during the conference and a democratic vote will be taken
to determine the winners. Awards will be given for both Artistic Merit
and Technical Merit categories.
Submissions will be evaluated based on their artistic merit and/or
technical merit, and there will be awards for both categories.
Eligible entries include (but are not limited to): images (photographs
or computer-generated), paintings, drawings, or sketches of
gravitational and space research phenomena. Rearrangement, assembly,
or other creative mixing of images into an art-form is appropriate and
encouraged. For more information on ASGSR 2016 Art Competition:
[NASA] PDS: MARS EXPLORATION ROVERS DATA RELEASE 48
The Planetary Data System (PDS) is pleased to announce Release 48
of Mars Exploration Rover data. This release includes data primarily
from Sols 4141 tthrough 4230, rover Opportunity (MER1/B), instruments:
There is no Rover Motion Counter or Radio Science data in this
release, and no more Mini-TES or Moessbauer data is expected.
To access the above data, please visit the following link:
The following special services are provided for accessing MER data.
MER Analyst's Notebook:
Planetary Image Atlas:
PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS
November 28-Decemeber 1, 2016
Exoplanets: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Observations
Bad Honnef, Germany
March 20-24, 2017
48th Lunar And Planetary Science Conference
The Woodlands, TX
June 18-23, 2017
Origins of Solar Systems: Making a Habitable Planet
South Hadley, MA
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