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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 
   Planetary Missions
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 
   Competition
8. [NASA] PDS: Mars Exploration Rovers Data Release 48
9. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions

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IN MEMORIAM: ANDRE BRAHIC (1942-2016)

From DPS Newsletter (https://dps.aas.org/news/andre-brahic-1942-2016),
Athena Coustenis

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.


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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 
described at:

http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/spice/home

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: 

http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/spice/training-class-september-2016

Registration is due by June 30, 2016.


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[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:

http://sbn.psi.edu/pds/resource/neowisediam.html


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WHITE PAPER ON THE VALUE OF PARTICIPATING SCIENCE PROGRAMS ON NASA 
PLANETARY MISSIONS

Dear colleagues,

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 
experiences.

(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.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d
/1S-QzqQX6hgdl709VL5MMEBZbjHzti4Z8dHbvpLPLwOk/viewform

If you have any questions about the survey or the white paper, please 
contact Louise.Prockter@jhuapl.edu.


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[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:  

CRaTER 
DLRE 
LAMP 
LEND 
LOLA 
LROC 

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 
following link:  

https://pds.nasa.gov/tools/subscription_service/SS-20160615.shtml

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: 

http://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/search/

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):    

http://ode.rsl.wustl.edu/moon/


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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": 

https://erc.europa.eu/projects-and-results/erc-funded-projects/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 (agfairen@cab.inta-csic.es).

The starting date is negotiable, but should be no later than Jan 1, 
2017.


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ASGSR 2016 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DUE DATE EXTENSION AND ASGSR ART 
COMPETITION

October 26-29, 2016

Submit an abstract at:

https://asgsr.org/index.php/call-for-abstracts-2016

Hotel, Downtown Cleveland, OH:

http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/C/CLEDOHH-ASR-20161024
/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

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:

https://asgsr.org/index.php/art-competition-2016


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[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:

APXS
Atmospheric Opacity
HAZCAM
NAVCAM
MI
PANCAM
RAT
SPICE

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:

https://pds.nasa.gov/tools/subscription_service/SS-20160617.shtml

The following special services are provided for accessing MER data.
MER Analyst's Notebook: 

http://an.rsl.wustl.edu/mer

Planetary Image Atlas:  

http://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/search/mer-opportunity


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PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS

November 28-Decemeber 1, 2016
Exoplanets: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Observations
http://www.astro.physik.uni-goettingen.de/~areiners/WEH/ 
Bad Honnef, Germany

March 20-24, 2017
48th Lunar And Planetary Science Conference
http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2017/ 
The Woodlands, TX

June 18-23, 2017
Origins of Solar Systems: Making a Habitable Planet
https://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=12346
South Hadley, MA

[Editor Note: If there is a planetary-related meeting, conference or
workshop of which your colleagues should be aware, please send the 
date, title, URL and location to pen_editor at psi.edu.]


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