Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2002 19:37:37 -0400
Subject: DPS Mailing #02-35: Meeting, DSN, Jobs...

Greetings DPS colleagues -

       |1) MARS ODYSSEY RELEASES FIRST DATA                      |
       |2) MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT                                  |
       |4) JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS                                     |



NASA has released the first set of data taken by the Mars Odyssey
spacecraft to the Planetary Data System, which will now make the
information available to research scientists through a new online
distribution and access system.

For more information, see



Preliminary Announcement 
International Workshop on Planetary Probe Entry and Descent 
Trajectory Analysis and Science
6 - 9 October 2003
Lisbon, Portugal

Overview: The purpose of this workshop is to bring together the
community of planetary scientists, spacecraft engineers, and mission
designers and planners whose expertise, experience, and interests are
in the area of entry probe trajectory and attitude determination, and
the aerodynamics and measurement of the aerodynamical
(aerothermodynamical) properties of planetary entry vehicles. The
workshop will comprise presentations, posters, and discussions on the
use of entry probe accelerometry and other techniques to reconstruct
the entry and descent trajectory of entry probes. Issues to be
addressed include methods, technologies, and algorithms currently
employed, techniques and results from the rich history of entry probe
science such as PAET, Venera/Vega, Pioneer Venus, Viking, Galileo, and
Mars Pathfinder, upcoming missions such as Huygens, Netlander, and
Beagle 2, and new and novel instrumentation and methodologies.

For more information see:


NASA Deep Space Network Call for Observing Proposals

The NASA Office of Space Science Solar System Exploration Division
announces a Call for Science Proposals from Guest Observers who wish to
use the various radio-telescope antennas of NASA's Deep Space Network
(DSN) for radio astronomy (radiometry, spectroscopy, and VLBI), solar
system radar astronomy, and spacecraft-based radio science.

The Deep Space Network (DSN), operated by NASA for spacecraft
telecommunications and navigation, is also used as an instrument for
scientific research on a time-available basis. The high power
transmitters and sensitive receiving systems on the large aperture DSN
antennas are effective instruments for scientific investigations in
radio astronomy and solar system radar. The high sensitivity and global
distribution of the DSN complexes make the three 70-m antennas
particularly valuable components for international experiments using
Very Long Baseline Interferometery (VLBI). The 70-m antenna near
Canberra, Australia is the most sensitive radio telescope in the 18-26
GHz range in the southern hemisphere. The R&D environment is also well
suited for investigators to conduct long-term projects using equipment
they provide. Investigators are welcome to submit observing proposals
for any of the three research disciplines. Radio astronomy proposals
will be reviewed as part of the NRAO proposal review process.  Solar
system radar astronomy proposals will be reviewed as part of the
Arecibo proposal review process.

NASA is being assisted by JPL in the administrative and logistical work
needed to support these ground-based observing proposals.  Interested
Guest Investigators will find information regarding proposal submission
and technical support at the DSN Science website: Investigators may also contact Dr.
Michael Klein, Manager of the DSN Science Office at JPL by phone (818)
354-7132 or by e-mail to for additional

Observing time at the DSN is provided as a support service to the
astronomical and radiometric sciences community by the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration on a time-available basis.
Proposers should realize that the DSN is NOT a national observatory and
are therefore encouraged to find an observing partner at JPL with
experience using DSN facilities and instruments.



Visiting teaching professor, research professor, and two post-docs 
(one in theory and one in observational astronomy) are available at 
the University of Notre Dame. Tenure track positions might also be
available in the coming year. Contact Terrence W. Rettig at for further information.

See also AAS Job Register:


                               Melissa McGrath, DPS Secretary-Treasurer
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