Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 11:55:01 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: DPS Mailing #01-14: Icarus, NASA R&A, Summer School, Jupiter/Lisbon, Mission Cancellations

Greetings, DPS Members-
 
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       |1) FREE TRIAL SUBSCRIPTION TO ELECTRONIC ICARUS         |
       |2) NOTES FROM THE CHAIR - NASA R&A Promise Kept         |
       |3) NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE SUMMER SCHOOL                 |
       |4) Jupiter after Galileo & Cassini: 17-21 Jun '02,Lisbon|
       |5) DPS Press Release - Mission cancellations in Budget  |
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FREE TRIAL SUBSCRIPTION TO ELECTRONIC ICARUS FROM ACADEMIC PRESS

All DPS members should have received an e-mail notice from Academic Press
on February 14, notifying you of their offer to provide free access to
Icarus on the IDEAL system for six months, from February to August.
Apparently some members did not receive that notice.  If you would like to
take advantage of this offer, send an e-mail request to Frank Cynar,
Managing Editor, at:

fcynar@acad.com

You will be provided with an access code to enroll for your subscription.

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NOTES FROM THE CHAIR - NASA R&A Promise Kept

During NASA Night at our last DPS conference, in Pasadena, Dr. Ed Weiler 
(Associate Administrator, NASA Office of Space Science) stated that the each of 
the Research and Analysis programs would grow by 3% per year beginning in 
FY2002. This is reflected in the President's budget request. When you look
at that request to the detail shown on the NASA website, however, an increase
of only 0.6% is shown between FY2001 and the FY2002. According to Dr. Weiler, 
this is misleading because the FY2001 number includes congressional earmarks 
which were not included in the FY2002 request.

So, good news. Now we just have to make sure that the number does not decrease
as the budget works its way through Congress. 

Mark V. Sykes (msykes@as.arizona.edu)

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NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE SUMMER SCHOOL

The 13th annual NASA Planetary Science Summer School will be held 
August 13-17, 2001 in Pasadena, California at the California 
Institute of Technology and Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  This year's 
theme will be "Mission Design for Future Planetary Scientists: 
Micro/Nano Probes."   Students will participate in a team exercise in 
JPL's Project Design Center.  Designed for post-docs and recent 
graduates, the session offers an overview of mission design 
considerations.  More information and application information is at 
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pscischool/
Participation will be limited to 
30 students; the application deadline is June 11.

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     First announcement for the international conference:
          Jupiter after Galileo and Cassini
               17 - 21 June 2002
           Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
                 Lisbon, Portugal
   Please find details on http://www.oal.ul.pt/~eurojove

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DPS Press Release - Mission cancellations in the Bush Budget Proposal

The Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society
is concerned about the arbitrary cancellation in the President's budget of 
NASA-sponsored missions, done without consulting NASA's own scientific advisory
committees or other independent science advisory groups.

In the case of the Pluto-Kuiper Express mission, for instance, the ability to 
recover from such a decision is made difficult by the impending loss of a 
Jupiter gravity assist necessary for this mission. NASA had called upon the 
planetary science community to come up with a PKE mission plan meeting strict 
budgetary goals. Planetary scientists have worked hard to meet the challenge.

We note that the Senate has voted to significantly increase spending 
authorization for federal science programs including those within the NASA 
budget. In the event that such additional resources are made available to NASA,
the cancellation of the missions eliminated in the President's budget should be
reconsidered, if it can be realized without impact to NASA's other science 
programs.

Contacts:  Mark V. Sykes,		    Wesley T. Huntress,
	   DPS Chair			    DPS Vice-Chair
	   520-621-5381			    202-478-8910
	   msykes@as.arizona.edu	    huntress@gl.ciw.edu

The DPS, with more than 1200 members, is the nation's largest organization
of professional scientists solely devoted to exploring the planets and
other bodies of the solar system.

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                      Nick Schneider, on behalf of the DPS Committee
                      (submissions to Al Harris: awharris@lithos.jpl.nasa.gov)