Volume 8, Number 44
September 14, 2014
Editor: Mark V. Sykes
Co-Editors: Melissa Lane, Susan Benecchi
Email: pen_editor at psi.edu
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1. Noel Hinners, 1935-2014
2. The 4th International Workshop on LunarCubes
3. Early Mars Postdoc at University of Chicago
4. NASA Postdoctoral Program
5. Key 8th Mars Conference Presentations Now Available
6. PDF of Classic NASA Report Now available as PDF
7. [NASA] PDS: Mars Exploration Rovers Data Release 41
8. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions
NOEL HINNERS, 1935-2014
Noel Hinners, a former chief scientist for NASA who helped plan the
scientific exploration of the moon for the Apollo program and later
oversaw projects such as the Mars Surveyor Program, has died.
Hinners' brother Bill Hinners said Saturday that Hinners died Friday
after battling a brain tumor. He was 78.
Hinners began his meteoric space career in 1963 by helping plan the
lunar exploration and was just 33 when Apollo 11 landed on the moon.
He worked on the Apollo program until 1972, when he became the space
agency's director of lunar programs. He later served as the director
of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington and the director of
the Goddard Space Flight Center. He retired from NASA as its
third-ranking executive. (From the Washington Post)
THE 4TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON LUNARCUBES
"Opening the Lunar Frontier" - will be held October 7-10, 2014
in Sunnyvale, CA.
Scientists, engineers, investors and entrepreneurs are invited to
attend this four day, interactive workshop to learn exactly how these
tiny satellites are being used to explore space and the enormous
potential they carry in opening the Lunar Frontier. The first three
days of LunarCube Workshop 4 (LCW 4) will focus on the science,
technology, missions and systems involved in using CubeSats, while the
fourth day will focus on "Entrepreneurship for the Lunar Frontier".
Don't sit on the sidelines. Learn how powerful and cost effective
SmallSat technology can be in a super friendly, interactive learning
environment. If you have questions, contact email@example.com.
To register, go to:
EARLY MARS POSTDOC AT UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Department of the Geophysical Sciences at The University of Chicago
seeks to hire a postdoctoral researcher to support investigations of
the early climate of Mars through analysis of Mars topography and
forward modeling of topographic change. The successful candidate will
work with Assistant Professor Edwin Kite to assemble, analyze, and
model crater-modification and crater-infilling datasets. Candidates
should have a background in Planetary Science, Earth Science, or
Astrophysics, and have experience working with large datasets.
Experience with Mars is helpful but is not required. Start date is
flexible. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to
develop a program of independent research aligned with the objectives
of the group as exemplified by the projects listed at:
as well as to mentor undergraduate students.
The University of Chicago hosts a vibrant planets and exoplanets
research program, with particular emphasis on potentially habitable
Application materials should be received by December 20 for full
consideration. Applicants should send a CV, a brief description of
research interests and experience, and the names of three referees as
a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct informal
inquiries about this post to Edwin Kite (email@example.com).
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.
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
The latest NPP Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1u0LcSj
For further information and to apply, visit:
KEY 8TH MARS CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
The Eighth International Conference on Mars at Caltech last July saw
over 650 "Martians" from 21 countries gathered to discuss the status of
our exploration of the Red Planet. Three types of summary presentations
from the conference have been posted on the conference web site:
1. The introductory talks given by the invited speakers of each
2. Overviews of five upcoming Mars missions.
3. The Synthesis slides developed during the course of the meeting by
the Integration teams, and presented in the concluding session of
For #1 and #2 above, 2-page abstracts can be found on the conference
web site; additionally, full presentations are posted with the
permission of the speakers. These reference materials provide a good
snapshot of the state-of-the-art for Mars science as of July 2014.
We invite you to delve into these resources, and to share this link
with your colleagues. And we hope you can join us at Ninth Mars, which
is tentatively scheduled for 2018!
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PDF OF CLASSIC BASA REPORT NOW AVAILABLE AS PDF
The Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies, the NASA Regional
Planetary Information Facility at Arizona State University, has
digitized the following classic NASA report from Greeley et al., 1978:
Greeley, R., Womer, M.B., Papson, R.P., and Spudis, P.D. (1978).
Aeolian Features of Southern California: A Comparative Planetary
Geology Guidebook, NASA report, 264 pp.
Feel free to download as a 438 MB PDF at:
For more information or comments, please contact RGCPS Director
David Williams at: David.Williams@asu.edu
[NASA] PDS: MARS EXPLORATION ROVERS DATA RELEASE 41
The Planetary Data System (PDS) is pleased to announce Release 41 of
Mars Exploration Rover data. This release includes data primarily
from Sols 3511 through 3600, rover Opportunity (MER1/B), instruments:
Rover Motion Counter
There are no Mini-TES, Moessbauer, or Radio Science data in this
To access the above data, please visit the following link:
The following special services are provided for accessing MER data:
MER Analyst's Notebook:
Planetary Image Atlas:
PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS
Posted at http://planetarynews.org/meetings.html
September 20-21, 2014
June 2-4, 2015
Workshop on the Formation of the Solar System II
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