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Volume 11, Number 12
March 19, 2017

Editor: Mark V. Sykes 
Co-Editors: Karen Stockstill-Cahill, Elisabeth Adams
Email: pen_editor at psi.edu

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1. Editor Susan Benecchi Departing PEN
2. LPSC: NextGen Panel on Career Paths in Planetary Science
3. LPSC: Ice Giant Town Hall
4. LPSC: MAPSIT Town Hall Meeting
5. LPSC: Planetary Aeolian Laboratory User's Workshop
6. NOI Request for Venus Small Mission Studies
7. 1st Announcement of SELENE Symposium 2017 
8. NASA's Exploration Science Forum
9. SSERVI Award Nominations
10. 8th Planetary Crater Consortium Meeting Announcement
11. Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter for March 2017
12. Call for Papers on Occator Crater on Ceres
13. Findings from OPAG Posted
14. NSPIRES Users Encouraged to Complete Demographic Information
15. Mars Science Laboratory Release 14
16. Final Reminder: IAVCEI session I.1 Planetary Volcanology
17. 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society's 
    Division of Dynamical Astronomy
18. Venera-D Venus Modelling Workshop
19. Barringer Grant Applications for 2017 Now Being Accepted
20. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions

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EDITOR SUSAN BENECCHI DEPARTING PEN

PSI Senior Scientist Susan Benecchi has been volunteering her time as 
a Planetary Exploration Newsletter editor since May 2, 2010. That 
is pushing seven years of weekends during which she has diligently 
edited and co-edited 393 issues of PEN, helping and communicating with 
submitters, making a lot of judgment calls, and always working to 
improve our product. She has decided it is now time to roll off and 
focus on other activities. It has been a real pleasure working with 
her! We would also like to welcome PSI Associate Research Scientist 
Elisabeth Adams to our editorial team.


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LPSC: NEXTGEN PANEL ON CAREER PATHS IN PLANETARY SCIENCE

Date: Monday, March 20 
Time: 12:00-13:00
Room: Waterway 1-3

The Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers (NextGen) group will 
be holding a panel discussion on planetary science career paths. We 
will have panelists from NASA, Moon Express, the Planetary Science 
Institute, engineering companies, and universities present. Topics of 
discussion will include selecting a career path, how funding works for 
each career path, mission involvement, etc. Significant time will be 
allotted for an open Q&A discussion. Everyone is welcome!

http://nextgenlunar.weebly.com/


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LPSC: ICE GIANT TOWN HALL

Date: Monday, March 20
Time: 12:15-13:15
Room: Montgomery A-C

The recent NASA Ice Giant Mission Study has now been completed. Members 
of the Science Definition Team will brief the community on the results 
of the study including the breadth and priority of the science, the 
studied mission architectures, and the recommendations of the science 
definition team.


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LPSC: MAPSIT TOWN HALL MEETING

Date: Tuesday, March 21
Time: 12:00-13:00
Room: Montgomery A-C

We encourage you to attend the Mapping and Planetary Spatial 
Infrastructure Team (MAPSIT) community meeting. We will be rolling out 
the outline for our Strategic Roadmap in light of what planetary 
spatial data infrastructure is and means for you (more than you might 
think!).

More information about the MAPSIT Advisory Group and its role is 
available here:

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/mapsit/


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LPSC: PLANETARY AEOLIAN LABORATORY USER'S WORKSHOP

Date: Tuesday, March 21
Time: 17:30-18:30
Room: Panther Creek

The NASA Ames Research Center's Planetary Aeolian Laboratory (PAL) 
provides unique capabilities for recreating planetary aeolian 
processes. This users' workshop will provide an opportunity for the 
community to learn more about the PAL facilities, on-going 
improvements, and future plans, to develop ideas for experiments, 
and to ask questions of current users about facility capabilities and 
potential usage. [The poster by Sutton et al. #2653 Tuesday Evening, 
Titan poster session, also provides information on recent upgrades, 
specifically to the PAL Titan Wind Tunnel.]

On behalf of PAL users and administrators,
 
Devon M. Burr
865-974-6010
dburr1@utk.edu


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NOI REQUEST FOR VENUS SMALL MISSION STUDIES

The Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG) requests your Notice of 
Interest to support "VenusBridge," a concept for one or more small 
missions with launch dates in the early-to-mid 2020s. The intent 
is to determine if there are lower cost options for the continuity of 
US Venus exploration between Magellan and any potential future 
Discovery, New Frontiers, or strategic mission. Within a nominal
cost cap of $200M, VenusBridge might accommodate a single mission or 
multiple smallsats or cubesats, including orbiters, probes, or 
landers. VEXAG is seeking innovative ideas on mission architectures 
(including launch), technology, and science investigations, including 
possible subsystems (e.g. bus, telecom) and novel techniques for 
answering key Venus science questions in this low cost range. See:

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/vexag/reports/GOI-140625.pdf 

The VenusBridge concept will be previewed at the LPSC 
Venus Town Hall Meeting. A VEXAG VenusBridge Focus Group will 
subsequently be formed. If you have a great idea for low-cost Venus 
exploration, please send a summary up to one page in length,
including your contact information, to VEXAG Chair Bob Grimm,
grimm@boulder.swri.edu. Also please indicate if you are interested 
in serving on the Focus Group.

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1ST ANNOUNCEMENT OF SELENE SYMPOSIUM 2017

We are pleased to announce the SELENE Symposium 2017, coinciding with 
the 10th anniversary of its launch, held in Japan. The symposium will 
take place at the University of Waseda (Nishi-Waseda Campus), Tokyo,
Japan, on Wed. 13th September and Thu. 14th September, 2017. The 
Japanese lunar orbiter SELENE (Kaguya) was launched 10 years ago on the 
14th of September, 2007.

We will appreciate your presentation of recent scientific results and 
future exploration plans in this symposium.

Japan has confirmed the launches of two small lunar landers by 2020, 
the Tokyo Olympic year:

1) SLIM by Epsilon Launch Vehicle
2) Omotenashi by SLS

A detailed description of these small landers will be presented and 
discussed in the symposium, as well as a wide range of lunar science 
topics. The long-term vision of Japan's larger-class lunar exploration 
projects will also be presented and discussed.

LOC Chair: Takahiro IWATA
Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
+81-50-336-23618 FAX +81-42-759-8516
iwata.takahiro@jaxa.jp

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NASA'S EXPLORATION SCIENCE FORUM

The Solar System Exploration Research Institute (SSERVI) is pleased to 
announce the 4th annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF), to be 
held in person July 18-20, 2017 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett 
Field, CA. This year's Forum will feature scientific discussions of 
human exploration targets of interest (the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, 
and the moons of Mars). Science sessions will focus on recent mission 
results and in-depth analyses of science and exploration studies. 
Dedicated side-conferences for graduate students and young 
professionals will coincide with the ESF. Public engagement 
discussions will be interwoven among science topics as well.   

Abstracts will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. PDT April 12, 2017 at:  

https://nesf2017.arc.nasa.gov/

Foreign national participants MUST register at the above url by 
June 1, 2017. US citizens may register until July 7, 2017. 


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SSERVI AWARD NOMINATIONS

NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) is 
soliciting nominations for the following SSERVI Awards: Shoemaker 
Award (lifetime career achievement award in lunar and planetary 
sciences), the Wargo Award (scientist or engineer who has focused on 
integrating science and exploration throughout their career) and the 
Niebur Award (early career award for significant contributions to 
exploration science). Nominees from previous years will automatically 
be carried forward to the upcoming year. Further descriptions of each 
award and the nomination form may be found at:

http://lunarscience.arc.nasa.gov/awards/

Thank you in advance for your nominations and recognition of those who 
have contributed so substantially to our field! We do accept 
nominations year-round, but to be considered for the 2017 awards, 
please provide your nominations by March 31, 2017.  


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8TH PLANETARY CRATER CONSORTIUM MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

The 8th Planetary Crater Consortium meeting will be held August 9-11, 
2017, at the US Geological Survey in Flagstaff, AZ. The Planetary 
Crater Consortium is open to all planetary scientists interested in any 
aspect of impact cratering on solar system bodies, including 
observational, theoretical, experimental, and numerical studies. 
Contributions on terrestrial impact crater field studies are 
encouraged, as well as  presentations about cratering on other solar 
system bodies. The meeting is a combination of contributed talks, 
posters, and open discussion. An optional field trip around the rim of 
Meteor Crater will be arranged for Saturday, August 12, if there is 
sufficient interest. 

Abstract deadline is Tuesday, August 1, 2017. For more information, 
see: 

http://www.planetarycraterconsortium.nau.edu/ 

or contact Nadine Barlow (Nadine.Barlow@nau.edu).


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MARS EXPLORATION SCIENCE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR MARCH 2017

On behalf of Jeff Johnson (MEPAG Chair), Dave Beaty, Rich Zurek, and 
James Ashley of the Mars Program Science Office, the March 2017 edition 
of the Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter can be found on the 
web at: 

http://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov

Additionally, we have updated the posted materials from MEPAG Meeting 
33. Nearly all presentations are now available (and we expect to finish 
in the near future) and we have also posted a Meeting Summary document.

Please send your Mars community announcements and calendar items for 
inclusion in the newsletter to Barbara at 
Barbara.A.Saltzberg@jpl.nasa.gov


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CALL FOR PAPERS ON OCCATOR CRATER ON CERES

The Dawn mission has collected a wealth of data about the dwarf planet 
Ceres with its Framing Camera, Visible and Infrared Mapping 
Spectrometer, Gamma Ray and Neutron Detector and gravity science 
investigation. Occator crater is one of the most intriguing locations 
on Ceres as observed by Dawn, and it contains distinctive bright 
regions called the Cerealia Facula and Vinalia Faculae. Our 
understanding of the formation and evolution of Occator crater, in 
particular the Cerealia and Vinalia Faculae, is currently under 
investigation. We hereby call for submissions of papers to a special 
issue on the "The Formation and Evolution of Ceres' Occator Crater". 
These papers will focus on interpretations and explanations of the 
processes that formed Occator crater, and may also discuss the 
resulting implications for our understanding of Ceres' formation and 
evolution. We envisage that the majority of submissions will base 
their investigations on Dawn data. However, submissions relevant to 
Occator crater that are based on a wide range of datasets and 
techniques are welcome. For further details see: 

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/icarus/call-for-papers
/call-for-papers-on-occator-crater-on-ceres


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FINDINGS FROM OPAG POSTED

Findings from the Outer Planets Assessment Group steering committee 
following the winter 2017 meeting in Atlanta have been posted at:

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag

There are finding about: 

1. Europa Lander
2. Europa Clipper
3. New Frontiers
4. Ice Giant mission study
5. Juno mission
6. Workforce inclusivity and diversity
7. Roadmaps to Ocean Worlds (ROW)
8. R&A wording regarding mission and DAP funding conflicts
9. Participating Scientist study
10. Mid-Decadal review
11. Decadal Survey satatement of tasks
12. Legacy of Cassini and CDAP
13. Outer Planets technology
14. Planetary Advisory Committee membership

The next OPAG meeting will be September 6-7, 2017, in La Jolla, CA, 
hosted by Scripps Institute of Oceanography. There will also be 
several town halls of interest at LPSC, about Europa Lander, Ice 
Giants, and ROW. See: 

http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2017/events/highlighted

OPAG now has a Deputy Chair: Dr. Linda Spilker (JPL).  Welcome Linda!


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NSPIRES USERS ENCOURAGED TO COMPLETE DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

The objective of the demographics survey in NSPIRES is to better 
understand all of the scientific communities that NASA funds, 
including planetary science, and to understand any underlying 
diversity issues that may be occurring. Using this information the NASA 
Office of Chief Scientist can work to identify recommendations of 
inclusive practices to help improve the diversity of our professional 
communities and reduce or mitigate issues of implicit bias. 

Providing the data allows for the Office of the Chief Scientist to 
capture a true snapshot of our professional community. Providing this 
information is completely voluntary, and the data you provide are 
confidential. Only the Office of the Chief Scientist has access to the 
information, and your demographic data are not seen during the review 
process or by Program Officers when they make their selections.

Go to:

https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/index.do 

and click on the "Account Management" link. Then click on the 
"Personal Profile" link, complete the demographics data section on the 
Personal Profile page, and hit the Save button at the bottom of the 
page. This form takes just a minute or two to complete, but it will 
greatly help NASA understand the diversity of our community!

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MARS SCIENCE LABORATORY RELEASE 14

The NASA Planetary Data System announces the fourteenth release of
MSL data acquired from Sols 1418-1514 (August 1 to November 9, 2016).

This release consists of raw and derived data sets from instruments:

Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS)
Chemistry & Micro-Imaging (ChemCam)
Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN)
Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Hazcam)
Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Mars Descent Imager (MARDI)
Mast-mounted Cameras (Mastcam)
Navigation Cameras (Navcam)
Position Localization and Attitude Correction Estimate Storage (PLACES)
Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD)
Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS)
Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM)
Spacecraft, Planet, Instrument, Pointing C-Matrix, and Event Kernels 
(SPICE)

To access the above data:

https://pds.nasa.gov/tools/subscription_service/SS-20170316.shtml

Links to all MSL data sets may be found on the PDS Geosciences Node:

http://pds-geosciences.wustl.edu/missions/msl/ 

The data may also be reached from: 

https://pds.nasa.gov/

PDS offers two services for searching the MSL archives:

(1) The Planetary Image Atlas at the Imaging Node allows selection of 
MSL image data by specific search criteria:

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

(2) The MSL Analyst's Notebook at the Geosciences Node allows 
searching and downloading of all MSL data in the context of mission 
events:

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

The PDS Team
pds_operator@jpl.nasa.gov
(818) 393-7165


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FINAL REMINDER: IAVCEI SESSION I.1 PLANETARY VOLCANOLOGY

The abstract submission deadline for the IAVCEI 2017 Scientific 
Assembly in Portland, OR on August 14-18, 2017 has been extended to 
March 22, 2017.

We therefore invite you once more to submit an abstract to our session 
on Planetary Volcanology.

Volcanic activity is a hallmark of almost every large solid-surface 
body in the Solar System. In this session, we solicit contributions 
exploring the myriad styles of volcanic landforms and processes on 
Solar System bodies (planets, moons, or asteroids) using field 
observations, remotely sensed data, laboratory or numerical 
simulations, or some combination thereof. We especially welcome 
submissions of comparative analyses between volcanism on Earth and on 
other worlds, or between other planetary bodies.

You can submit your abstract here: 

http://iavcei2017.org/abstract.html

Planets are cool and so are volcanoes so see if you can join us!

Conveners:
Paul K. Byrne (North Carolina State University)
DelWayne R. Bohnenstiehl (North Carolina State University)
Patrick J. McGovern (Lunar and Planetary Institute)


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2017 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY'S DIVISION OF
DYNAMICAL ASTRONOMY

The AAS Division of Dynamical Astronomy is pleased to announce that its 
annual meeting will take place at Queen Mary University of London on 
June 11-15, 2017

The annual AAS-DDA meeting brings together researchers in astronomy, 
astrophysics, planetary science, and astrodynamics for discussions and 
talks on all aspects of dynamics in the space sciences. The DDA meeting 
features invited talks on a range of topics, contributed talks (with no 
parallel sessions), and posters that can be displayed throughout the 
entire conference.

The 2017 meeting also features three special sessions:

* Impact of Gaia Astrometry on Dynamical Astronomy 
  (Chair:  Norbert Zacharias, US Naval Observatory)
* Post-Main Sequence Planetary System Science 
  (Chair: Dimitri Veras, University of Warwick)
* Cassini Ring-Grazing Orbits and Grand Finale 
  (Chair: Matthew Tiscareno SETI)

In addition, Prof. Rosemary F. G. Wyse (FRAS) will be honoured at the 
2017 meeting with the AAS-DDA Brouwer Award. The 2017 DDA meeting is 
being co-sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society.

Abstract deadline: April 10, 2017

For additional information see the meeting website:

https://dda.aas.org/meetings/2017


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VENERA-D VENUS MODELLING WORKSHOP

October 5-7, 2017 
(the week before the 7th Moscow Solar System Symposium)

Location: IKI, Moscow, Russia

Workshop Objectives: To understand the limitations and needs of current 
models (e.g. General Circulation Models or GCMs, interior structure 
models and plasma environment), landing site selection, and the types 
of measurements needed to more adequately constrain parameters in the
models and experiments. This would in turn form a basis to better 
identify the types of instruments needed to achieve the important 
science of Venera-D.

More information will be forthcoming. Point of contact for the workshop 
is Dima Gorinov (gorinov-dmitry@yandex.ru ).


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BARRINGER GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 NOW BEING ACCEPTED

This year's application deadline for grants from the Barringer Family 
Fund for Meteorite Impact Research is April 7, 2017. This program 
provides 3 to 5 competitive grants each year in the range of $2,500 to 
$5,000 USD for support of field research at known or suspected impact 
sites worldwide. Grant funds may be used to assist with travel and 
subsistence costs, as well as laboratory and computer analysis of 
research samples and findings. Masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral 
students enrolled in formal university programs are eligible.  

For additional details and an application, please go to:

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/kring/Awards/Barringer_Fund/
 
The Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research has been 
established as a memorial to recognize the contributions of Brandon, 
Moreau, Paul, and Richard Barringer to the field of meteoritics and 
the Barringer family's strong interest and support over many years 
in research and student education. In addition to its memorial 
nature, the Fund also reflects the family's long-standing commitment 
to responsible stewardship of The Barringer Meteorite Crater and
the family's steadfast resolve in maintaining the crater as a unique 
scientific research and education site.

David A. Kring, Ph.D.

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PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS

Posted at http://planetarynews.org/meetings.html

July 10-14, 2017
Ultraviolet Sky Surveys
http://www.astro.tau.ac.il/events/uss/
Tel Aviv, Israel

July 23-28, 2017
Meteoritical Society Annual Meeting
http://metsoc2017-santafe.com
Santa Fe, NM

[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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