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Volume 10, Number 50
December 4, 2016

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

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1. OPAG Findings Posted
2. Seeking Members for the WFIRST Solar System Working Group
3. NAIF Job Opening
4. Planetary Geomorphology 'Image of the Month'
5. [NASA] Ames Seeks Space Science Division Director 
6. Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Data Release 39
7. Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG) Call for Executive 
   Committee Members
8. Research Space Scientist, GS-1330-13/14
9. MEPAG Face-to-Face Forecasting Deadline December 4th
10. Working Group on Finding Signs of Past Rock-Hosted Life
11. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions

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OPAG FINDINGS POSTED

Findings from the August 2016 meeting of the NASA Outer Planets
Assessment Group have been posted at:

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


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SEEKING MEMBERS FOR THE WFIRST SOLAR SYSTEM WORKING GROUP

NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is NASA's next 
flagship mission after JWST. WFIRST is on track for a 2025 launch and 
a 6 year primary mission. This mission has two primary instruments: the 
Wide Field Instrument (WFI) with a 0.25 square degree FOV and the 
Coronagraph Instrument (CGI), which is designed to take images and 
spectra of super-Earths. Between the two instruments, WFIRST will be 
capable of imaging and grism spectroscopy over the wavelength range 
0.7-2 microns as well as R~100 spectroscopy with an IFU. More details 
can be found here: 

https://wfirst.gsfc.nasa.gov/ 
 
We are soliciting participants for the WFIRST Solar System Working 
Group to help develop science cases and provide input to the project 
team on instrumentation and observatory constraints. If you are 
interested please contact either of the co-leads, James (Gerbs) Bauer 
(JPL - james.m.bauer@jpl.nasa.gov) or Stefanie Milam (NASA/GSFC - 
Stefanie.n.milam@nasa.gov) by December 30, 2016.


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NAIF JOB OPENING

NASA's Navigation and Ancillary Information Facility, developers of the 
"SPICE" observation geometry system used worldwide in support of 
planetary missions, is looking for a permanent new staff member. 
Interested persons should read the detailed announcement at:  

http://naif.jpl.nasa.gov/naif/newhire_R2.pdf   

and may apply for the job through the JPL Human Resources website, 
here:  

https://experienced-jpl.icims.com/jobs/search 

selecting Requisition ID 2016-7626.


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PLANETARY GEOMORPHOLOGY 'IMAGE OF THE MONTH'

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

http://planetarygeomorphology.wordpress.com/

This month's topic is "The Geomorphology of Potential Mars Tsunami 
Deposits". Post contributed by Dr. Alexis Rodriguez, Planetary Science 
Institute, Tucson AZ, USA.

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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[NASA] AMES SEEKS SPACE SCIENCE DIVISION DIRECTOR

NASA is seeking applicants for the position of Division Chief of the 
Space Science and Astrobiology Division at NASA Ames Research Center 
(ARC) in Silicon Valley, California. The ARC Space Sciences and 
Astrobiology Division is comprised of over 150 scientists and 
engineers, including nearly 60 civil servants. The Division Chief 
provides technical and administrative supervision and management for a 
Division that conducts fundamental research in astrobiology, planetary 
sciences, and astrophysics. He/she is responsible for the formulation, 
strategy, advocacy, and direction of the key research, technology, 
applied sciences, and science-enabling activities pursued by the 
Division. The incumbent works with and advises the ARC Science 
Directorate management on the strategic direction and implementation of 
the Space Sciences and Astrobiology programs at the Center.

The vacancy announcement, AR17D0015, Supervisory Space Scientist, 
AST, Space Sciences, GS-1330-15, opens on Wednesday, November 30, and 
will close on Friday, December 16. The vacancy announcement may be 
found at USAJobs.gov by accessing the link at: 

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/457765800 

All applications must be submitted within USAJobs.gov before the 
posted deadline. For further information, a contact email is given in 
the vacancy announcement at USAJobs.gov.


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MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER DATA RELEASE 39

The NASA Planetary Data System (PDS) is pleased to announce a new 
delivery of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) data for the following 
instruments:

CRISM
CTX
MARCI
MCS
RSS
SPICE

There is no SHARAD or derived gravity data in this release. HiRISE data 
is not yet available.

In general, MRO Release 39 includes data collected from February 9, 
2016, to May 8, 2016.

To access the above data:

https://pds.nasa.gov/tools/subscription_service/SS-20161201.shtml

To access the latest PDS Data Releases:

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

All available PDS data may be found at:

http://pds.nasa.gov/tools/data-search/

For further information, see the PDS Home Page:

http://pds.nasa.gov/

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


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VENUS EXPLORATION ANALYSIS GROUP (VEXAG) CALL FOR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 
MEMBERS

VEXAG is seeking volunteers for VEXAG Executive Committee members to 
replace those who have successfully completed their service to the 
Venus community. The new members will start in 2017 for a term that run 
for three years. Also, the VEXAG Early Career Scholars Focus Group is 
looking for interested group members.

If you are interested, send your resume and a statement of how you 
could contribute to VEXAG to Bob Grimm and Martha Gilmore, VEXAG Chair 
and Deputy Chair (grimm@boulder.swri.edu, mgilmore@wesleyan.edu) by 
January 6, 2017.

VEXAG activities for the next three years are expected to be community 
building with an emphasis on:

- Venus Exploration Goals, Objectives, and Strategies
- Technology Development and Laboratory Measurements
- International Collaboration
- Early Career and Young Scholar Development
- Venus Exploration Roadmaps

VEXAG is a community-based forum established in July 2005 to assess 
scientific priorities and strategies for exploration of Venus. VEXAG 
is currently composed of a chair and five focus groups, where the 
focus groups actively solicit input from the Venus community on the 
topics listed above. 

More information may be found at the LPI VEXAG Web-site: 

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


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RESEARCH SPACE SCIENTIST, GS-1330-13/14

The Planetary Systems Branch (Code SST) within the Space Science and 
Astrobiology Division (Code SS) of the Science Directorate (Code S) at 
the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field CA 94035, is currently 
seeking interested applicants for the position of a Research Space 
Scientist. The incumbent conducts scientific research and provides 
expertise in the area of planetary atmospheres (theory/modeling), in 
particular, the Mars atmosphere and its climate system, and/or 
terrestrial-like planetary atmospheres.  For further details and 
applications procedures, please see the following USAJOBS.gov link:  

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/458306400


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MEPAG FACE-TO-FACE FORECASTING DEADLINE DECEMBER 4TH

The 2017 face-to-face meeting of the Mars Exploration Program Analysis 
Group (MEPAG) is scheduled for February 22-23, 2017 at the Double-Tree 
Hotel in Monrovia, CA.

If you usually forecast for conferences, you must forecast for this 
conference by Sunday December 4th, 2016.


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WORKING GROUP ON FINDING SIGNS OF PAST ROCK-HOSTED LIFE

Motivated by the suite of habitable environments available to Mars-2020 
for in situ exploration and sample collection, we are convening a set 
of 4 web-hosted telecons, open to the community. For those wishing to 
help make a presentation and peer-reviewed publication, there will also 
be an in-person gathering February 6-7 at Caltech. See:

http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~rocklife2017/

The first talk, "Martian Environments, Facies, and Ages: Evidence for 
Rock-Hosted Waters. What is the evidence for ancient Mars environmental 
conditions? What is the likelihood of habitats for rock-hosted life?"
will be either 8:30am December 9 or December 19th. Pencil in (no 
newsletter in between the closing of Doodle poll!) and check out the 
website Wednesday 12/7 for date and dial-in information.


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PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS

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

March 15-17, 2017
UKEXOM2017: UK Exoplanet Community Meeting
https://ukexo2017.sciencesconf.org
St. Andrews, Scotland

July 2-6, 2018
Exoplanets II
http://exoplanets.phy.cam.ac.uk/Meetings/exoplanets2
Cambridge, United Kingdom

[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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