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Volume 10, Number 19
May 1, 2016

Editor: Susan Benecchi 
Co-Editors: Mark V. Sykes, Karen R. Stockstill-Cahill
Email: pen_editor at psi.edu

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1. Planetary Scientist Civil Service Position
2. Mars Exploration Zone Map Design Competition
3. Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference 2016 
4. [NASA] Second Community Announcement - New Frontiers AO
5. [NASA] New Frontiers Program June Technology Workshop
6. [NASA] Advance Notice of New Program Element: Concepts for Ocean 
   Worlds Life Detection Technology
7. USRA Postdoctoral Scientist Position at Aricebo Observatory
8. Restructured PSD R&A Programs, Mars: Feedback Requested by May 9  
9. Asteroids, Comets, Meteors 2017 - 1st Circular
10. [NASA] PDS - New Rosetta Data Releases by the Small Bodies Node
11. Call for Participation - Training Opportunity
12. The DPS and EPSC are Headed to Pasadena in October
13. Planetary Geomorphology 'Image of the Month'
14. 7th Planetary Crater Consortium Meeting
15. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions

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PLANETARY SCIENTIST CIVIL SERVICE POSITION

The Heliophysics and Planetary Science Office at NASA Marshall Space 
Flight Center is filling a Planetary Scientist civil service position. 
The candidate will be the project scientist for the Space Launch 
System (SLS), providing relevant expertise on Solar System 
destinations for human and robotic exploration. The candidate will 
also become a part of the MSFC Planetary Science group

http://planetary.msfc.nasa.gov

We are especially interested in adding capability in remote sensing 
of solid surfaces to complement our existing expertise in 
geochronology and geophysics. The candidate is expected to bring or 
build a strong independent scientific research program through peer-
reviewed proposals to NASA programs and/or through involvement in 
NASA planetary missions.

All candidates must use the USAJobs.gov website to prepare and 
submit applications. The position is now open, and accessible at: 

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/436419800/

United States citizenship is required to be eligible for this 
civil service position. The listing will close on May 3, 2016.

Questions: 
Dr. Barbara Cohen
MSFC Planetary Sciences
barbara.a.cohen@nasa.gov
256-961-7566

or 

Michael Goodman
MSFC Science Research Office deputy manager
michael.goodman@nasa.gov
256-961-7890

A how-to guide for preparing responsive applications using the 
USAJobs.gov site will be provided upon request.


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MARS EXPLORATION ZONE MAP DESIGN COMPETITION

What kind of map is needed to best aid human explorers of Mars? The 
ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography is organizing a competition 
for creating maps to find a suitable landing site. This is an 
international call for designing maps of any of the 47 candidate 2035 
human landing sites on Mars. It is open to students, cartographers, 
and graphic artists from all countries.

The winner will be invited to the 2017 International Cartographic 
Conference in Washington, D.C. Please read the details at:

https://planetcarto.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/mars-exploration-zone-
map-competition/

ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography


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LUNAR AND SMALL BODIES GRADUATE CONFERENCE 2016 

Abstract submission deadline: June 3

Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Lunar and Small Bodies 
Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2016) to be held on Tuesday, 
July 19, 2016 at the NASA Ames Research Center, preceding the NASA 
Exploration Science Forum (ESF). With the expanded interests of the 
Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), the 
scope of this year's LunGradCon includes both lunar and small 
bodies science. LunGradCon provides an opportunity for grad students 
and early-career postdocs to present their research on lunar and 
small body science in a low-stress, friendly environment, being 
critiqued only by their peers. In addition to oral presentations, 
the conference presents opportunities for professional development 
and networking with fellow grad students and postdocs, as well as 
senior members of SSERVI. A limited amount of funding will be 
provided for travel and lodging costs. The deadline for 
registration and abstract submission is June 3rd 2016, 11:59 PM PDT.
 
For more details, please visit:
 
http://impact.colorado.edu/lungradcon/2016/ 

or email any questions to: lungradcon@gmail.com


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[NASA] SECOND COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT - NEW FRONTIERS AO

A Second community announcement has been posted regarding the New 
Frontiers Program Announcement of Opportunity giving more details 
about the six mission themes, including their science objectives.
The full text of both the first and second community announcement 
may be viewed at:

http://newfrontiers.larc.nasa.gov/


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[NASA] NEW FRONTIERS PROGRAM JUNE TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP

PSD plans to host a one-day technology workshop divided into two 
sections: briefings on each technology offering in the morning and 
the opportunity for small-group meetings in the afternoon. The 
workshop is tentatively scheduled for June first or second and 
will be Webcast. The full text of the New Frontiers Program June 
Technology Workshop announcement has been posted at:

http://newfrontiers.larc.nasa.gov/technology_workshop.html 

and more information will be posted in the future at:

http://newfrontiers.larc.nasa.gov/


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[NASA] ADVANCE NOTICE OF NEW PROGRAM ELEMENT: CONCEPTS FOR OCEAN 
WORLDS LIFE DETECTION TECHNOLOGY

PSD expects to release a new program element entitled Concepts 
for Ocean worlds Life Detection Technology (COLDTech) which will 
support the development of technology beneficial for surface and 
subsurface missions to explore ocean worlds such as Europa and 
Enceladus. Specifically, COLDTech will seek to advance the maturity 
of science instruments and sample acquisition and delivery systems 
for such missions. While instruments focused on the detection of 
extant life in the ocean worlds of the outer Solar System are 
especially of interest, COLDTech will not be limited to such 
instruments.

Placeholder text has been posted for this as program element C.20 
of ROSES-2016 and the due dates are listed as TBD. When the final 
text is released it will be via amendment to ROSES-2016. Proposals 
will be due no less than 90 days after release.

Questions:
Dr. Curt Niebur
(202) 358-0390
curt.niebur@nasa.gov


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USRA POSTDOCTORAL SCIENTIST POSITION AT ARICEBO OBSERVATORY

The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is seeking 
applicants for a Postdoctoral Scientist position in the Planetary 
Radar group at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. This position 
would involve observations, data processing, archiving, and modeling 
of near-Earth asteroids and other Solar System bodies with the Arecibo 
Planetary Radar system. Experience in astronomical observations of 
Solar System objects, small-bodies geophysics, astronomical 
instrumentation, and/or numerical inverse modeling is desirable. 
Experience with radar observations and techniques, programming 
languages, and Linux systems is preferred but not required. The 
incumbent would be expected to participate in radar observations 
and also carry out an independent research program. The Observatory 
has significant computing facilities. Conference travel and equipment 
support are available. This position shall be for a two year 
appointment with the likely renewal of one year. The successful
applicant will be a resident in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and will be an 
employee of USRA.   

For a full description and to apply directly at:

https://usra-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction
=app.jobinfo&jobid=405  

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected 
Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity


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RESTRUCTURED PSD R&A PROGRAMS, MARS: FEEDBACK REQUESTED BY MAY 9  

Mars community,

Your feedback is requested! Jeff Johnson, MEPAG Chair, has been 
asked by the Space Studies Board (SSB) for the Mars community's 
perspective on the efficacy of NASA's Planetary Science Division 
(PSD) Research and Analysis (R&A) programs. The Mars community 
feedback will comprise a portion of Jeff's presentation to an SSB 
R&A Review Committee. The committee will hold its first meeting at 
the National Academy of Sciences on May 12-13, and has invited 
representatives from all of the PSD analysis groups.
 
In particular, the committee has been tasked to address the following 
questions:

1. Are the PSD R&A program elements appropriately linked to, and do 
they encompass the range and scope of activities needed to support 
the NASA Strategic Objective for Planetary Science and the Planetary 
Science Division Science Goals, as articulated in the 2014 NASA 
Science Plan?

2. Are the PSD R&A program elements appropriately structured to 
develop the broad base of knowledge and broad range of activities 
needed both to enable new spaceflight missions and to interpret 
and maximize the scientific return from existing missions?

Please answer the survey questions by May 9 at: 
 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jlek-3IeOfBXe6juOx-hqT3iLhiG
Esm1bjS7Y3A2PgM/viewform

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ASTEROIDS, COMETS, METEORS 2017 - 1ST CIRCULAR

10-14 April 2017
Montevideo, Uruguay

www.acm2017.uy

The series of conferences "Asteroids, Comets, Meteors" focuses on the 
research of small Solar System bodies. The series constitutes the 
leading international meeting in this field. The first three 
conferences took place in Uppsala, Sweden in the 1980's, and 
afterwards they were organized every ~3 years all over the world. 

Next year's meeting will be held in the Edificio Polifuncional Jose 
Luis Massera that belongs to the Universidad de la Republica and is 
located beside the Faculty of Engineering. The building is 
located near the sea coast in a beautiful green area called Parque 
Rodo. There are several hotels and restaurants in the surroundings 
within walking distances. Furthermore, Montevideo downtown is 
only a ten minute drive away. There are several bus lines connecting 
downtown with Parque Rodo. 

For those interested in attending, please, fill the form with your 
personal data. Provide us a tentative title of your contribution 
and/or the subject you are working on:

http://acm2017.uy/x/pre-registration/

Funds are very limited, so we expect to cover some accommodation 
expenses for graduate students and recent PhDs; and it will be 
possible to waive the registration fee for some people needing 
some assistance.

[Edited for length.]


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[NASA] PDS - NEW ROSETTA DATA RELEASES BY THE SMALL BODIES NODE

Small Bodies Node of the NASA Planetary Data System is pleased to 
announce that the following datasets have been released:

* Shape models of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
* Rosetta-Orbiter MIDAS Escort 2 67P Calibrated Data
* Rosetta-Orbiter GIADA Escort 2 67P Raw and Calibrated Data
* Rosetta-Orbiter RPCIES Escort 2 67P Raw and Calibrated Data
* Rosetta-Orbiter NavCam Extension 1 MTP026 67P Raw Data

The datasets are ESA PSA certified. To see and download the data 
as well as mission and instrument information, go to: 

http://pdssbn.astro.umd.edu/

The data can be also accessed through the ESA PSA website:

http://www.sciops.esa.int/index.php?project=PSA&page=rosetta


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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

Photogrammetric Processing of Planetary Stereo Imagery using USGS 
Integrated Software for Imagers and Spectrometers and SOCET SET

The Planetary Photogrammetry Guest Facility at the Astrogeology 
Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey would like to announce 
its Call for Participation for a training opportunity on 
July 25-27, 2016. This training will cover photogrammetric 
processing of planetary stereo imagery using USGS Integrated 
Software for Imagers and Spectrometers and SOCET SET software 
developed by BAE Systems. The training is FREE to participants, 
and will cover end-to-end, hands-on photogrammetric procedures for 
surface extraction (i.e., digital elevation model generation) from 
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE image pairs. For additional 
information and sign-up instructions, please see:

http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/facilities/photogrammetry-guest-facility

For information about a USGS Integrated Software for Imagers and 
Spectrometers Hands-on Workshop being held July 28-29, 2016 - also 
hosted by the Astrogeology Science Center, please see: 

https://isis.astrogeology.usgs.gov/fixit/projects/isis/news

Interested individuals can attended both the SOCET SET and the 
USGS Integrated Software for Imagers and Spectrometers workshops.  


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THE DPS AND EPSC ARE HEADED TO PASADENA IN OCTOBER

Pasadena, California
16-21 October 2016

Please join us for the joint 48th Division of Planetary Sciences 
(DPS) and 11th European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) meeting in 
Pasadena, California, 16-21 October 2016 at the Pasadena Convention 
Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101. We anticipate an 
exciting program that captures the breadth of international planetary 
science by combining the scientific results of the participants in 
the DPS and EPSC research communities at one single joint meeting.

Registration will open soon. Visit the meeting website for more
information. We hope to see you in Pasadena!

https://aas.org/meetings/dps48

KEY DATES
3 May         Abstract Submission Opens
23 May        Workshop Proposal Deadline (to be included in the 
               meeting registration form)
23 June	      Abstract Deadline
5 July        Exhibit Deadline
2 August      Late Abstract Deadline (poster submissions only)
14 September  Hotel Reservation Deadline
16 September  Dependent Care Grant Application Deadline


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PLANETARY GEOMORPHOLOGY 'IMAGE OF THE MONTH'

The May image of the month is now available at the IAG's Planetary 
Geomorphology web page:

http://planetarygeomorphology.wordpress.com/

This month's topic is "Martian Maars: Valuable Sites in the Search 
for Traces of Past Martian Life". Contributed by Dr. Sandro Rossato, 
Department of Geosciences, University of Padova, Padova, Italy.

You can follow IAG Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month on 
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/PlanetaryGeomorphology) or 
Twitter @PlanetGeomorpho.

Susan Conway (Chair, IAG Planetary Geomorphology working group)


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7TH PLANETARY CRATER CONSORTIUM MEETING

The 7th Planetary Crater Consortium meeting will be held August 17-19, 
2016, at Brown University in Providence, RI. The Planetary Crater 
Consortium is open to planetary scientists interested in any aspect 
of impact cratering on solar system bodies, including observational, 
theoretical, experimental, and numerical studies. The meeting is a 
combination of invited talks, contributed talks, and open discussion. 
Abstract deadline is Friday, August 5, 2016. 

For more information, see:

http://www.planetarycraterconsortium.nau.edu

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


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PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS

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

July 19, 2016
Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2016)
http://impact.colorado.edu/lungradcon/2016/ 
Moffett Field, CA

August 17-19, 2016
7th Planetary Crater Consortium Meeting
http://www.planetarycraterconsortium.nau.edu
Providence, RI

April 10-14, 2017
Asteroids, Comets, Meteors 2017 (ACM 2017)
http://acm2017.uy
Montevideo, Uruguay


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date, title, URL and location to pen_editor at psi.edu.]


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