Volume 9, Number 30
July 26, 2015
Editor: Mark V. Sykes
Co-Editors: Melissa Lane, Susan Benecchi
Email: pen_editor at psi.edu
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1. AGU 2015 Session 7784: Magnetospheres in the Inner Solar System
2. AGU 2015 Session 7905: A Decade's Obervance of a Habitable World
3. AGU 2015 Session 7990: Radar Investigations of Planetary Surfaces and
4. AGU 2015 Session 8936: Magma Channelization Across the Solar System
5. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships
6. [NASA] Release of the NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission Formulation
Assessment and Support Team (FAST) Charter
7. NRC CubeSats Symposium
8. VEXAG Meeting #13
9. OPAG Announcement
10. PhD Student at the University of Helsinki
11. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions
C1. Spaceflight Mechanics I
AGU 2015 SESSION 7784: MAGNETOSPHERES IN THE INNER SOLAR SYSTEM
We encourage abstract submissions to session SM017, "Magnetospheres in
the Inner Solar System," at the fall AGU meeting in San Francisco,
December 14-18, 2015. The abstract submission deadline is Wednesday,
August 5. Further details are given below.
Conveners: Gina A. DiBraccio, Daniel J. Gershman, Marissa F. Vogt
The structure and dynamics of each planetary magnetosphere (intrinsic
nd induced) in the inner solar system are driven by a unique set of
factors including the nature of its magnetization, atmosphere-
ionosphere coupling, and local solar wind parameters. To provide a
forum for discussion of recent data analysis and modeling efforts
concerning the inner planet magnetospheres, this session welcomes
submissions on the intrinsic magnetospheres of Mercury and Earth,
as well as the induced magnetospheres of Venus and Mars. It will
focus on general magnetospheric processes including, but not limited
to: solar wind-magnetosphere interaction, magnetosphere-ionosphere
coupling, plasma acceleration and transport, magnetic reconnection,
wave instabilities, magnetotail dynamics, and bow shock physics. We
strongly encourage comparative studies of these inner solar system
magnetospheres with each other or with other planetary magnetospheres
throughout the solar system.
AGU 2015 SESSION 7905 - A DECADE'S OBSERVANCE OF A HABITABLE WORLD
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the geysering
south polar terrain of Saturn's small icy moon, Enceladus, and ten
years of routine observing and studying its activity from the Cassini
spacecraft. Over the course of the last decade, it has become
increasingly clear that Enceladus' geysers erupt from a large,
long-lived, sub-ice-shell liquid water reservoir, chemically suitable
for the sustenance of biological processes and directly accessible to
sampling and analysis. And by the time this session is convened, two
of the last 3 close, targeted flybys that Cassini will make of
Enceladus will have been completed and the data available for
presentation. In this session, we will focus on the most recent
observational, theoretical and modeling results on the chemistry, state
and dynamics of Enceladus' geysers, the moon's thermal and interior
state, geologic activity, as well as its astrobiological potential.
Come celebrate 10 phenomenal years with us in San Francisco!
Deadline to submit an abstract: 5 August 2015, 11:59 P.M. EDT
To submit abstracts to this session (ID#7905), visit:
Chris McKay, Ames Research Center
Carolyn Porco, Space Science Institute and UC Berkeley
AGU 2015 SESSION 7990: RADAR INVESTIGATIONS OF PLANETARY SURFACES AND
Proposed and existing radar instruments are enabling an unprecedented
range of radio geophysical observations of the surfaces and subsurfaces
of solar system bodies. This has spurred the development and
application of new instrumentation, processing, modeling, analysis, and
interpretation approaches to planetary radar science and engineering.
We invite abstracts on any topic involving the use of radar data to
understand planetary bodies. These may describe (but are not limited
to) new results from existing radar observations, the development and
application of new observation or data processing techniques, numerical
modeling of existing or future observations, and/or the analysis of
airborne or orbital radar data from terrestrial analog studies for
solar system observation.
Invited presentations will be given by Donald Blankenship, Lorenzo
Bruzzone, Alexander Hayes, and Jennifer Whitten.
Please consider submitting an abstract for this session. For more
The submission deadline is August 5, 2015.
Wes Patterson (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)
Dustin Schroeder (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Lynn Carter (Goddard Space Flight Center)
Cyril Grima (University of Texas at Austin)
AGU 2015 SESSION 8936: MAGMA CHANNELIZATION ACROSS THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Please consider proposing to this session at the fall AGU Meeting.
Convenors: David A. Williams (Arizona State University), Christopher
Hamilton (University of Arizona), C. Michael Lesher (Laurentian
Summary: Understanding magma emplacement mechanisms are important in
volcanology, planetary science, and economic geology. On Earth, much
work is being done to understand better how magma emplacement is
focused in channels, tubes, and conduits, and the relative roles of
construction vs. thermo-mechanical erosion in their formation. On
Earth, it is clear that most magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE deposits and some Cr
deposits occur in lava channels and magma conduits, so they also have
important economic implications. And across the Solar System, new
data from NASA missions continues to reveal more detailed morphological
and compositional information about extraterrestrial lava flows. We
propose this session to bring together terrestrial and planetary
volcanologists and economic geologists to review the latest results
from our various studies, and to identify topics that would benefit
from future collaboration and joint research.
The abstract submission site is now open. Please submit your abstracts
by Wednesday, 5 August 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT.
NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides opportunities for
scientists and engineers to conduct research largely of their own
choosing, yet compatible with the research opportunities posted on the
NPP Web site.
Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete
one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA's missions
in Earth science, heliophysics, astrophysics, planetary science,
astrobiology, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human
exploration and operations, and space technology.
An example of one of the research opportunities in planetary science
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before
beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree
requirements. U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign
nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply.
Stipends start at $53,500 per year, with supplements for high
cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial
assistance is available for relocation and health insurance, and
$8,000 per year is provided for professional travel.
Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1,
and November 1.
The latest NPP Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1UA7aHs
For further information and to apply, visit:
[NASA] RELEASE OF THE NASA ASTEROID REDIRECT MISSION FORMULATION
ASSESSMENT AND SUPPORT TEAM (FAST) CHARTER
The NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission team has posted a Formulation
Assessment and Support Team (FAST) charter to supplement the FAST
Membership Call that was issued earlier this month.
The Membership Call and the Charter are available at:
NRC CUBESATS SYMPOSIUM
The NRC Committee on Achieving Science Goals with CubeSats is hosting
a community symposium on September 2-3 at the Beckman Center in
Irvine, CA, to explore the feasibility of obtaining high-priority
science data using CubeSats. The symposium will feature a series of
panel discussions among scientists and technologists in the areas of
Earth science, solar and space physics (heliophysics), planetary
science, astronomy and astrophysics, as well as technology that
enables CubeSats, technology development enabled by CubeSats, and
industry capabilities. The panels will explore science goals, how these
goals could be achieved using CubeSats, and the potential for new
science that is enabled by CubeSats. These discussions will be framed
by current CubeSat technological capabilities and those anticipated in
the near future.
The Committee is also soliciting posters as critical inputs to the
symposium that will be displayed at a poster session. Posters should be
targeted to one or more of the following: current CubeSat missions and
science results, CubeSat mission concepts, or technology that enables
CubeSat science missions. Of particular interest are posters concerning
CubeSat-enabled microgravity science.
More information, registration instructions, and poster title
submission are available here:
VEXAG MEETING #13
Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG) meeting #13 will be held on
Tuesday-Thursday, October 27-29, 2015, at James Webb Auditorium, NASA
Headquarters, Washington DC. A preliminary agenda is available at the
Tuesday - 27 October 2015 - NASA and mission reports
Wednesday - 28 October 2015 - Venus science and technology reports
Thursday - 29 October 2015 - VEXAG activities (adjourn at mid-day)
Presentations on Venus science and technologies for Venus missions are
invited. If interested, contact Lori Glaze and Patricia Beauchamp
(email@example.com, and Patricia.M.Beauchamp@jpl.nasa.gov).
If you'll be attending in person and haven't done so already, please
enter your name on the Meeting Registration /Intent to Attend Form on
the VEXAG Web-Site:
The next OPAG meeting will be 24-26 August at JHU/APL. The agenda is
posted on the OPAG homepage. Registration is now open - the link is on
the OPAG homepage:
All logistical instructions are posted at this registration link.
PHD STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
A 4-year PhD position in impact modeling is open at the Department of
Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland as a part of the Academy of
Finland funded project entitled: "Composition of dark asteroids - are
asteroid collisions responsible for observed compositional mismatch in
main asteroid belt?"¨
- MSc or equivalent in geology, (geo)physics, or planetary science no
later than September 1, 2015.
- Fluent English.
- Previous numerical modeling experience.
- Experience with impact modeling and knowledge of iSALE code is an
- Work in a young enthusiastic team at one of the leading Nordic
- Opportunity to conduct state-of-art research in planetary science.
- Full social benefits according to the Finnish social care system.
- Salary in the range of EUR 2500-2900.
How to apply:
Send the following items to PI Tomas Kohout (firstname.lastname@example.org)
no later than August 2, 2015:
- Motivation letter describing your research interests and previous
- CV and publication list.
- Copy of MSc thesis and MSc diploma.
Successful candidate will be informed latest August 6. The appointment
will start on September 1, 2015.
PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS
Posted at http://planetarynews.org/meetings.html
August 10-12, 2015
International Conference on Space Science and Communication (IconSpace)
September 2-3, 2015
NRC CubeSats Symposium
September 21-25, 2015
3rd International Workshop on Microbial Life Under Extreme Energy
September 28 - October 2, 2015
Astrobiology and Planetary Atmospheres
October 5, 2015
Astrobiology Graduates in Europe (AbGradE) Mission Design Workshop
Noordwijk, The Netherlands
October 6-9, 2015
15th EANA Astrobiology Conference
Noordwijk, The Netherlands
November 5-6, 2015
Second Off-Earth Mining Forum
November 9-13, 2015
Reconceptualizing the Origin of Life: Experimental,
Interdisciplinary, and Computational Windows on the Core Concepts
January 12-15, 2016
4th ELSI Symposium - Three Experiments in Biological Origins:
Early Earth, Venus and Mars
January 17-22, 2016
2016 Gordon Research Conference & Seminar "Origins of Life"
July 10-12, 2016
Astrobiology Australasia Meeting 2016
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SPACEFLIGHT MECHANICS I
For those wanting to include basic space mission design in their
teaching courses, the interactive volume "Spaceflight Mechanics I" is
available as an interactive e-Book on the iBook store. This book on
spaceflight mechanics has been compiled for interested students of the
engineering, mechanics, physics, and computer science fields. To follow
its contents students will need basic understanding of differential
analysis and vector algebra. The book can be used alongside lectures on
the astrodynamics, as a tutorial on the matter, as well as a reference
to often needed equations and methods.
The link can be found on:
"Spaceflight Mechanics I" has 176 pages, many illustrations,
interactive 3D graphics, and exercises. It features many links to
publicly available information on the internet.
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