Volume 8, Number 12
March 9, 2014
Editor: Susan Benecchi
Co-Editors: Mark V. Sykes, Melissa Lane
Email: pen_editor at psi.edu
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1. Call for Special Issue in Planetary and Space Science on "Solar
Wind Interaction with the Terrestrial Planets"
2. [NASA] PDS - Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Data Release 28
3. [NASA] ROSES-14 Eligible TRLs Changed for PICASSO
4. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships
5. NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute's
Exploration Science Forum (Formerly the Lunar Science Forum):
6. New Dates for Venus Express VIRTIS and VMC Data Workshop
7. MSL Research Assistantships at York University
8. LPSC: MESSENGER Visible and Infrared Spectrograph (VIRS) Data
Users' Workshop 2014
9. GSA Special Papers on Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary
10. [NASA] ROSES-14 NOIs Not a Two-Step Process for PPR
11. MAVEN Mars Upper-Atmosphere and Solar-Wind Interactions Post-doc
12. PSS Spring Teleconference
13. [NASA] PDS - MESSENGER Data Release 11
14. Panel Discussion for Young Scientists at LPSC
15. Tenure-Track Position in Planetary Geoscience
16. 48th ESLAB Symposium: New Insights into Volcanism Across the
17. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions
CALL FOR SPECIAL ISSUE IN PLANETARY AND SPACE SCIENCE ON "SOLAR WIND
INTERACTION WITH THE TERRESTRIAL PLANETS"
We invite you to participate in a special issue of the Planetary and
Space Science journal, entitled "Solar Wind Interaction with the
Terrestrial Planets". Topics will include all aspects of planetary
plasma physics and interactions in the inner Solar System, e.g.:
(a) magnetospheres, ionospheres, auroras
(b) the solar wind interaction with planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth,
Mars) and their moons, or with asteroids/comets
(c) plasma interactions with exospheres, dust and surfaces
(d) intercomparisons of planetary environments
Contributions are welcome that address previous, present,
forthcoming and planned observations from space, as well as ground-
based observations, theoretical modelling or simulations. Laboratory
studies on planetary analogues aiming to simulate the surface-plasma
interaction will be considered as well.
The deadline for submission in the 1st of July 2014, leading to a
publication in end of 2014. Regular papers are expected, and the
usual refereeing process will be applied for publication in PSS.
Please inform us if a shifted deadline would be more convenient for
Please indicate your interest in contributing to the special issue,
together with a preliminary title of the intended paper by March 17.
An approximate abstract, if available, would also be appreciated.
P. Garnier, A. Milillo, A. Radioti
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[NASA] PDS - MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER DATA RELEASE 28
The Planetary Data System (PDS) is pleased to announce a new delivery
of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) data for the following
There will be no SHARAD data and no derived gravity data for this
In general, MRO Release 28 includes data collected from May 9, 2013,
through August 8, 2013. The release includes HiRISE data for
November 4, 2013, to February 5, 2014.
To access the above data:
To access the latest PDS Data Releases:
All available PDS data may be found at:
For further information, see the PDS Home Page:
The PDS Team
[NASA] ROSES-14 ELIGIBLE TRLS CHANGED FOR PICASSO
The PICASSO Program supports the development of spacecraft-based
instrument systems that show promise for use in future planetary
missions. The goal of the program is to conduct planetary and
astrobiology science instrument feasibility studies, concept formation,
proof of concept instruments, and advanced component technology
development to the point where they may be proposed in response to the
Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (MatISSE)
Program, C.13 of ROSES. Therefore, the proposed instrument system or
advanced components must address specific scientific objectives of
likely future planetary science missions.
The PICASSO Program is intended to enable timely and efficient
technology infusion into the MatISSE Program and eventually into
flight missions. As such, the entry technology readiness level (TRL)
that PICASSO supports is 1-3. Proposals where the entry TRL is 4 or
higher are not appropriate for the PICASSO, but should be submitted
to C.13, the MatISSE program.
The due dates remain unchanged.
Step-1 proposals due September 15, 2014.
Step-2 proposals due November 14, 2014.
Announcement NNH14ZDA001N is posted at:
RSS feed at:
Questions may be addressed to:
Janice L. Buckner
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, planetary science,
astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human
exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.
A sample opportunity in planetary science is:
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:
For further information and to apply, visit:
NASA'S SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION RESEARCH VIRTUAL INSTITUTE'S
EXPLORATION SCIENCE FORUM (FORMERLY THE LUNAR SCIENCE FORUM): SECOND
Abstracts can now be submitted at:
The deadline for abstract submission is midnight PDT April 26, 2014.
July 21-23, 2014
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA
No registration fees to attend
We are soliciting abstracts for the following topics relevant to human
exploration targets of interest (Moon, near-Earth Asteroids,
Phobos/Deimos): Dust/Regolith, Exosphere/Plasma Interactions, Geology,
Geophysics, Human Exploration, Missions (including science enabled by
robotic, human and commercial missions), Radiation, Robotics, Sample
Return (including robotic-assisted through telepresence), Volatiles,
ISRU, Astro/Heliophysics (including Space Weathering), and Public
Many of the ESF topics are of relevance to the Global Exploration
Roadmap. To further discussion with the science community, NASA will
conduct a separate session on the Global Exploration Roadmap on
July 24, immediately following the Exploration Science Forum.
The next announcement (April 2014) will discuss Exploration Science
Forum logistics (hotel accommodations, parking, and no-host meals).
Registration for the Forum is FREE and will remain open until
July 6th - Please register early.
International visitors MUST register by May 26th 2014 in order to
process your NASA visitor information.
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NEW DATES FOR VENUS EXPRESS VIRTIS AND VMC DATA WORKSHOP
ESA is pleased to announce a Venus Express VIRTIS and VMC Data
Workshop that will be held at ESAC (Madrid, Spain) on 12-15 May 2014.
The goal of the workshop is to introduce users to the data returned
by the VIRTIS and VMC instruments of the Venus Express orbiter,
available from ESA's Planetary Science Archive:
Scientific and technical lectures will be provided, as well as
hands-on data processing exercises, with members of the VIRTIS and
VMC instrument teams providing direct support on the best ways in
which to calibrate and use their data for science. The detailed
content of the course is still under development, and may be
changed in light of the interests of the participants.
If you are interested in attending, please register at:
Limited funding is available to help cover the travel and/or
subsistence costs of the participants attending the workshop.
Should you be interested in applying for this support, please
provide a short justification for your request using the
Registration deadline: 31 March 2014
For more details, visit:
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MSL RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS AT YORK UNIVERSITY
1-2 MSc Research Assistantships are available at York University for
work with the Mars Science Laboratory Mission.
Projects will be primarily focused on Atmospheric research and
Atmosphere-Surface interactions and may involve elements of numerical
modeling, data analysis and experimental laboratory work. The
successful candidate(s) will also be expected to support MSL surface
operations. While the current availability of RA-ships is limited to
those who wish to pursue an MSc, it is likely that opportunities
will exist for successful students to go on to complete a PhD.
Those interested should contact Dr. John E. Moores at firstname.lastname@example.org
LPSC: MESSENGER VISIBLE AND INFRARED SPECTROGRAPH (VIRS) DATA USERS'
12:00-1:15 p.m., Monday March 17th
Woodlands Waterway Marriott, The Woodlands, TX
Panther Creek Room
Since entering orbit in 2011, MESSENGER's Visible and Infrared
Spectrograph (VIRS) has acquired >9 million spectra of Mercury's
surface and created the first spectral maps of the solar system's
innermost planet. These data are available in NASA's Planetary Data
System (PDS). This workshop will introduce the available VIRS
products, the calibrations applied, and tools for finding and using
This MESSENGER Visible and Infrared Spectrograph (VIRS) Data Users'
Workshop will be held in association with the 45th Lunar and Planetary
Science Conference on Monday, March 17, 2014, from 12:00-1:15 PM in
the Panther Creek Room at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and Hotel
and Convention Center, The Woodlands, TX. The workshop is intended
for anyone interested in using VIRS data.
Attendees are encouraged to RSVP at:
GSA SPECIAL PAPERS ON LARGE METEORITE IMPACTS AND PLANETARY
This is the final call for manuscripts for a Geological Society of
America on "Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution V"
following the successful conference with the same name held in
Sudbury in August 2013:
It should be noted that submitting a manuscript is not restricted to
those who attended this conference and we hope that you will spread
the word to your colleagues.
Author Guidelines: Guidelines on formatting, figures, tables etc.
can be found on the Books section of the GSA's website:
Timeline: The deadline for manuscript submission HAS BEEN EXTENDED
TO MARCH 31ST 2014.
Submission process: Please follow the guidelines as laid out by GSA
(see above) and send a compiled pdf document to email@example.com,
ensuring that the file size is 25 MB or smaller. In your e-mail,
please include a list of up to 3 potential reviewers.
Questions: Questions regarding any aspect of this process can be
directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to receiving your manuscript.
Drs. Gordon Osinski and David Kring
Co-Convenors, Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution V
[NASA] ROSES-14 NOIS NOT A TWO-STEP PROCESS FOR PPR
Planetary protection involves preventing biological contamination on
both outbound and sample return missions to other planetary bodies.
Numerous areas of research in astrobiology/exobiology are improving
our understanding of the potential for survival of Earth microbes
in extraterrestrial environments, relevant to preventing contamination
of other bodies by organisms carried on spacecraft. Research is
required to improve NASA's understanding of the potential for both
forward and backward contamination, how to minimize it, and to set
standards in these areas for spacecraft preparation and operating
procedures. Improvements in technologies and methods for evaluating
the potential for life in returned samples are also of interest. Many
of these research areas derive directly from recent National Research
Council (NRC) recommendations on planetary protection for solar
system exploration missions.
This program will not use the two-step proposal submission process,
but instead invites optional Notices of Intent (NOIs) by
April 7, 2014, and proposals are due June 6, 2014.
RSS feed at:
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MAVEN MARS UPPER-ATMOSPHERE AND SOLAR-WIND INTERACTIONS POST-DOC
The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the
University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a Post-Doctoral
Research Associate to work on data from the MAVEN mission. The MAVEN
(Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft arrives at Mars in
September, and will study the upper atmosphere and ionosphere,
interactions with the Sun and the solar wind, and the loss of
atmospheric atoms and molecules to space. The person hired will spend
approximately up to half of their time on science operations planning
activities, and the rest of their time integrating data analysis and/or
theoretical modeling in an area relevant to the mission or in related
The MAVEN primary mission will last one Earth year from the start of
science mapping in November, with an expectation that there may be an
extended mission. The appointment will be initially for one year, with
the possibility of renewal for subsequent years or through the end of
the project. Applicants may be at the entry-level post-doc level or may
be more senior.
For complete ad, and to apply, see:
Bruce Jakosky (MAVEN PI)
PSS SPRING TELECONFERENCE
Just a friendly reminder that the Spring PSS telecon is this Wednesday
March 12, 2014.
The Federal Register announcement, with webex and phone information
can be found at:
[NASA] PDS - MESSENGER DATA RELEASE 11
The Planetary Data System is pleased to announce Release 11 of data
collected by the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry,
and Ranging (MESSENGER) mission, including raw and calibrated products
acquired through 17 September 2013 and advanced products acquired
through 17 March 2013.
New products for this release include:
- Anti-coincidence shield neutron spectra and high-time-resolution
energetic electron data (GRS)
- Global 3-color map with various backplanes (MDIS)
- Element concentration maps (GRS, XRS)
- Neutron composition information (NS)
- Reflectance spectra and base map and exosphere model (MASCS)
- Density, temperature, pressure, and arrival direction distributions
for selected time periods and ion species (EPPS)
Advanced products with extended data and other improvements include:
- Summed gamma-ray spectra and background-subtracted, geolocated
neutron counts (GRNS)
- Time-averaged magnetic field data (MAG)
- Altimeter profiles, radiometry, and improved-resolution northern
hemisphere digital elevation model (MLA)
- Limb tangent height and surface reflectance spectra (MASCS)
- Pitch-angle and measured-flux distributions and energy spectra
- Occultation data and spherical harmonic gravity and shape models
Data sets in this release:
Data archived in the PDS:
ACT-REACT QuickMap interactive Web interface to MESSENGER data:
PANEL DISCUSSION FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS AT LPSC
The loosely organized group Young Scientists for Planetary Exploration
is hosting a two-part panel discussion and Q & A session on NASA
funding, how to get it, and what we can all do to improve the future
prospects of early career planetary scientists. Our panel features
several experienced researchers and NASA administrators, including:
Jonathan Rall (NASA Planetary R & A lead), Christina Richey (NASA
Program Officer), David Draper (NASA Manager of Astromaterials
Research), Curt Niebur (NASA Program and Discipline Scientist),
Sarah Noble (NASA Program Officer), and Casey Dreier (Planetary
Society Director of Advocacy). The event will be held on Tuesday,
March 18, at 5:00 PM in the Woodlands room of the conference hotel.
Although this event is open to anyone interested, priority will be
given to students and early-career researchers (of any age).
For more information, please contact Paul Hayne:
TENURE-TRACK POSITION IN PLANETARY GEOSCIENCE
The Department of Earth Sciences and the Centre for Planetary Science
and Exploration at The University of Western Ontario invite
applications for a probationary tenure-track faculty position in the
area of Planetary Geoscience. The appointment will be made at the
rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.
This position builds upon the recent appointments of an NSERC/MDA/CSA
Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology, a Tier 1 Canada
Research Chair in Planetary Science and two Research Chairs, one in
Planetary Materials and one in Exoplanet Research.
The applicant will have a strong record in Planetary Geoscience
research, with preference given to applicants whose research focuses
on comparative planetology and/or planetary surface processes.
Research methodologies may include remote sensing and spectroscopy
for Earth and other planetary observations, geochemistry, hydrology,
geomicrobiology, metallogeny, and related fields. Involvement in
current or future planned planetary exploration missions and/or
Earth observation remote sensing is considered an asset to this
More details on the position can be found at:
48TH ESLAB SYMPOSIUM: NEW INSIGHTS INTO VOLCANISM ACROSS THE SOLAR
The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 14th
March 2014. Information is available at:
The SOC thanks the numerous researchers that have already submitted
their abstract to the symposium.
The symposium will focus on volcanism in the Solar System. Of
particular interest, but not limited to, will be new insights
obtained over the last years from international space missions
to planets, Moons and cryo-volcanism. The format will be made up
of plenary sessions on topics related to volcanism in the Solar
System, with contributed oral and poster presentations.
Sebastien Besse on behalf of the SOC
PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS
Posted at http://planetarynews.org/meetings.html
May 12-15, 2014
Venus Express VIRTIS and VMC Data Workshop
May 13, 2014
M4 Venus Orbiter Workshop
London, United Kingdom
June 9-12, 2014
Fifth Joint Meeting of the Space Resources Roundtable and the
Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium
June 24-27, 2014
6th Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution
in Remote Sensing
September 8-12, 2014
Thirty Years of Beta Pic and Debris Disk Studies
September 22-25, 2014
Exoplanets with JWST - MIRI
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