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Volume 11, Number 21
May 21, 2017

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

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1. Planetary Exploration Newsletter Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary
2. Call for Small Microgravity Experiments
3. ROSES-17 Amendment: K2 GO6 TBD Pending Revision
4. Community Announcement Regarding Europa Lander Instrument 
   Investigation Program Element Appendix
5. Call for External Reviewers, NASA Postdoctoral Program
6. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships
7. NASA Research Announcement: Early Stage Innovations Appendix
8. Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter for May 2017
9. Mapping and Planetary Spatial Infrastructure Team (MAPSIT) 
   Community Meeting
10. Third Announcement: Astrobiology 2017
11. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions

Commercial Announcements:

C1. Cassini-Huygens Owner's Workshop Manual
C2. The Ringed Planet - Cassini's Voyage of Discovery at Saturn

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PLANETARY EXPLORATION NEWSLETTER CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY

The first Planetary Exploration Newsletter was released on May 24, 
2007. This is the 581st newsletter. Today PEN has 3280 subscribers 
worldwide, and the number continues to grow. We would like to thank 
our colleagues in the international planetary community who have made 
this newsletter of value and the past editors whose weekly efforts over 
the years has made it possible:

2010-2017, Susan Benecchi
2009-2016, Melissa Lane
2007-2010, Nic Richmond
2007-2009, Matt Balme

As we note at the end, PEN is a service provided by the Planetary 
Science Institute (http://www.psi.edu) using no NASA funds. All 
editorial work is volunteer.  

Mark V. Sykes (2007-Present)
Karen Stockstill-Cahill (2016-Present)
Elisabeth Adams (2017-Present)


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CALL FOR SMALL MICROGRAVITY EXPERIMENTS

The NASA Astromaterials group at JSC is looking for ideas for small 
microgravity experiments that can be sent to the International Space 
Station (ISS). Following on the success of our Strata-1 asteroid 
regolith investigation (see description below), we are developing a 
new ISS microgravity facility called Hermes. This facility is open to 
experiments of any kind, from small-body investigations to testing 
equipment to anything you can think of. It will house small experiments 
up to 12"x4"x4". The facility is reconfigurable and new experiments can 
be incorporated into Hermes over time. At a minimum, Hermes can provide 
cameras, lights, power, communication, and electrical connections for 
mechanical or actuation devices. Pending future funding, NASA may 
provide flight opportunities. If you have any ideas for experiments or 
studies that can be performed in such a facility, please respond to the 
following RFI. The response simply requires a maximum of 5 pages 
(shorter is fine) emailed to Kristen John (kristen.k.john@nasa.gov) 
with your idea.

Link to RFI: 

https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id
=6bbc452e4859174cfc5ecdbc18aa2203&tab=core&_cview=0

Link to Appendix: 

https://www.fbo.gov/utils/view?id=c34f6c59d647c508c04da95dcebf542b


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ROSES-17 AMENDMENT: K2 GO6 TBD PENDING REVISION

The K2 Guest Observer - Cycle 6 is on hold pending a major revision to 
the program. For now, the due dates will appear as TBD. Proposals will 
be due no less than 90 days after the release of the amendment that 
presents final text for this program element.

Questions concerning this program element may be directed to: 

Mario R. Perez 
mario.perez@nasa.gov

Technical and implementation questions could be directed to: 

Geert Barentsen
geert.barentsen@nasa.gov

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING EUROPA LANDER INSTRUMENT INVESTIGATION 
PROGRAM ELEMENT APPENDIX

This community announcement is an advance notice of NASA's Science 
Mission Directorate (SMD) plan to release a Program Element Appendix 
(PEA) for the Third Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice 
(SALMON-2) for instrument investigations for a Europa lander mission. 
This opportunity will solicit proposals describing the full lifecycle
development and operation of instrument investigations. Proposed 
investigations will be evaluated and selected through a two-step 
competitive process, with approximately 10 proposals selected for 
Step 2. The Step 2 Phase A Concept Study will be capped at 
approximately twelve months and a $1.5M (FY2018) budget per 
investigation. At the conclusion of these studies, NASA may downselect 
some concept studies to complete Phase A and subsequent mission 
phases.

Further information will be posted as it becomes available on the 
Europa Lander Acquisition Page at: 

http://europalander.larc.nasa.gov/ 

Questions may be addressed to: 

Dr. Curt Niebur 
Europa Program Scientist 
Planetary Science Division 
Science Mission Directorate, NASA
Washington, DC 20546
202-358-0390
curt.niebur@nasa.gov

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CALL FOR EXTERNAL REVIEWERS, NASA POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAM

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP), managed by USRA, provides young 
and more senior scientists the opportunity to work on 1 to 3 year 
assignments with NASA scientists and engineers at NASA centers and 
institutes to advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, 
planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, 
engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology, and 
science management. USRA is recruiting well-qualified reviewers for 
upcoming applications. 
 
Reviewers may be asked to review up to 5 applications (each application 
is 15 pages, including figures and citations; double-spaced). Proposal 
deadlines are March 1, July 1, and November 1. The reviewer evaluations 
are submitted online and those who are eligible will receive an 
honorarium of $50 for each review submitted.
 
Reviewers should have the following minimum qualifications: three (3) 
years past PhD; 10 or more peer-reviewed publications; at least five 
(5) peer-reviewed publications as first author; work in a field 
relevant to NASA; and show national and international prominence 
through awards and invitations to speak at major scientific meetings.
 
If you are interested in being a reviewer, and create an account, 
visit: 

https://npp.usra.edu/reviewer_connect/ 

For additional questions email nppreviews@usra.edu.
 
Feel free to pass this information to colleagues.


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NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers US and international scientists 
the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA's 
scientific goals. The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the 
undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific 
connections.

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.

Current research opportunities in planetary science can be viewed here:

https://npp.usra.edu/opportunities/?filter_keywords=&filter_fields=145

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.

For further information and to apply, visit:

https://npp.usra.edu/


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NASA RESEARCH ANNOUNCEMENT: EARLY STAGE INNOVATIONS APPENDIX

NOI Due: June 2, 2017 at 5:00pm ET
Proposal Due: June 30, 2017 at 5:00pm ET

A solicitation, titled "Space Technology Research Grants Program, 
Early Stage Innovations Appendix" (NNH17ZOA001N-17ESI-B2), has been
released as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate 
(STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled "Space 
Technology - Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2017" 
(SpaceTech-REDDI-2017). The solicitation is available by visiting:  

http://tinyurl.com/NASA-17ESI

This solicitation seeks proposals to develop unique, disruptive, or 
transformational space technologies currently at low technology 
readiness levels that have the potential to lead to dramatic 
improvements at the system level. Specifically, the proposals must 
address one of the following seven topics:

1 - Advanced Coating Technology for Space Fission Power and 
    Propulsion Systems
2 - Relative Navigation Algorithms and Sensors for Autonomous 
    Maneuvering in Proximity to Small Celestial Bodies
3 - Cross-cutting Technologies for EHF Band Space Applications
4 - Extraction of Water from Hard Extraterrestrial Soils
5 - Predictive Modeling of Thermal Protection Material 
    Thermostructural Behavior
6 - Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamic Modeling of Additive Manufacturing 
    Alloy Processing
7 - Lightweight Multifunctional Lattice Materials for Space 
    Structures

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MARS EXPLORATION SCIENCE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR MAY 2017

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

http://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov

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


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MAPPING AND PLANETARY SPATIAL INFRASTRUCTURE TEAM (MAPSIT) COMMUNITY
MEETING

Thursday, June 15, Flagstaff

The first MAPSIT community meeting will take place in Flagstaff at 
the end of the Data Users Workshop, on Thursday morning June 15 at the 
High Country Conference Center. We will discuss the importance of 
spatial data infrastructure in a planetary context, talk about how to 
make data accessible to all users, and discuss a roadmap that will 
enable NASA to help us move these ideas forward. Please plan to stay 
for the Thursday meeting and give your input.

Data Users Workshop meeting website and agenda:

https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/planetdata2017/

MAPSIT website for more information and to register interest:

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

Thanks,
Jani Radebaugh
MAPSIT Chair
and MAPSIT Steering Committee


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THIRD ANNOUNCEMENT: ASTROBIOLOGY 2017

http://astrobiology2017.org/third-announcement/

It brings exciting news for this conference that will take place in 
the beautiful Chilean Patagonia in Coyhaique (November 26-December 1, 
2017).

Some of the highlights are:

Grant opportunities (application deadline is June 5, 2017) will be 
available to partially support a number of graduate students to attend 
(lodging grants and registration waivers). To apply click: 

http://astrobiology2017.org/student-grants/

Early registration deadline has been extended to allow for students 
applying for grants to still make the early registration deadline, 
the deadline has been extended until June 19, 2017. Please note that 
other key dates have not changed.

Oral contributions will be received until July 28, 2017. The SOC will 
select oral papers after their review. The notification of 
acceptance will be sent by August 25, 2017.

A two day training school with lectures on basics of Astrobiology 
will take place in Santiago during the Friday-Saturday preceding the 
conference (November 24-25), and it is open to a maximum of 80 
early-career participants. Interested participants of the TS should 
reserve a seat during registration. Reservations for the training 
school are on a first come-first served basis.

http://www.astrobiology2017.org

http://twitter.com/astrobio2017

http://facebook.com/astrobio2017


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PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS

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

June 15, 2017
Mapping and Planetary Spatial Infrastructure Team (MAPSIT) Community 
Meeting
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/mapsit/
Flagstaff, AZ

May 14-June 8, 2018
MIAPP 2018 Workshop - Near-Earth Objects: Properties, Detection, 
Resources, Impacts and Defending Earth
http://www.munich-iapp.de/programmes-topical-workshops/2018
/near-earth-objects-properties-detection-resources-impacts
-and-defending-earth/
Munich, Germany

[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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COMMERCIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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CASSINI-HUYGENS OWNER'S WORKSHOP MANUAL

Ralph Lorenz's detailed but accessible compendium of the design,
construction, testing and operation of the Cassini spacecraft, the
Huygens probe and their instruments has just been released in the US by 
Haynes.  The "Cassini-Huygens Owners' Workshop Manual" is a 
large-format 196-page book in full color, with 325 images and is 
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THE RINGED PLANET - CASSINI'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY AT SATURN

Written for the general audience with an emphasis on the fundamental 
physics of planetary systems, The Ringed Planet is a fascinating 
exploration of the Saturn system that places Saturn in the context of 
the solar system as a whole. Cassini's instruments have revealed 
Enceladus and Titan to have subsurface oceans of liquid water. Its 
cameras have returned stunning images of rings in turmoil, a tumbling 
moon, the only extraterrestrial lakes known in the solar system, a 
hexagon of clouds, some of the highest mountains in the solar system 
and much more. Its final series of orbits before a planned crash into 
Saturn in September 2017 will reveal details of the interior structure 
of Saturn as well as provide unprecedented views of the rings. More 
than a journey of discovery at Saturn, The Ringed Planet is also an 
introduction to how planetary systems work. 

Available at: 

http://www.morganclaypoolpublishers.com/catalog_Orig
/product_info.php?cPath=25&products_id=1055

with a 20% discount using discount code authorcoll

 
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