Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 12:31:14 -0400
Subject: DPS Mailing #03-19: LAST MTG UPDATE, NASA NEWS, ...

Greetings DPS colleagues -

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       |1) FINAL DPS MEETING UPDATE: BANQUET, BREAKFAST REMINDERS|
       |2) COLLEEN HARTMAN DEPARTING NASA FOR NOAA               |
       |3) CALL FOR NASA IRTF OBSERVING PROPOSALS                |
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FINAL DPS MEETING UPDATE

BANQUET: Please note that the banquet at the Monterey Aquarium will 
begin at 7:15pm instead of 7pm. 

There are still spaces available for
BREAKFAST WITH THE DPS CHAIR

Graduate students and post-docs are invited to have a buffet breakfast
with the current DPS Chair, Rick Binzel, the incoming DPS Chair, Bill
Cochran,  and the incoming DPS Vice-Chair Bill McKinnon.   We would
like to meet you and learn  about your activities, future plans, and
thoughts about the future of solar system exploration.

Breakfast will be Tuesday through Saturday morning from 7:00-8:00 AM at
The California Grill in the DoubleTree Hotel.  You will be our guest.

Sign up at:  www.aas.org/~dps/DPSBREAKFAST/breakfast.html
Space is limited to 12 for each morning to give us an opportunity to
actually talk with you.  [Please sign-up for only one date.]

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COLLEEN HARTMAN DEPARTING NASA FOR NOAA 

Dr. Colleen Hartman, Director of the NASA Solar System Exploration 
Division in the Office of Space Science, has announced her
departure from NASA Headquarters effective September 22.  She has
provided the message below to be shared with DPS members.
On behalf of the DPS community, I have conveyed to Colleen our 
profound gratitude, sense of loss, congratulations, and excitement 
for her as she is promoted to new responsibilities and challenges
at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Colleen has done an outstanding job in the Office of Space Science,
enabling planetary missions literally from Mercury to Pluto (and beyond).   
The legacy of Colleen's tenure will continue to be felt for the next 
decade or more.  We congratulate Colleen and thank her for her role 
in setting us on a truly exciting future path in solar system 
exploration.  Although we will miss working with her, we truly 
wish Colleen well in her new endeavors.   
- Richard Binzel, Chair
        
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Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to let you know, with both excitement as well as sadness, 
that I will be leaving NASA's Office of Space Science on 22 September 
for a promotion to Deputy Associate Administrator for Satellite and 
Information Services at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA).  I'm excited about this new position, yet 
very sad to be leaving my colleagues both in NASA and in the solar 
system science community.  The last 22 years at NASA have been 
thrilling. We have an amazing Solar System Exploration Program, 
including what I consider the jewel in the crown, the New Frontiers 
Program.  The New Horizons/Pluto mission will be the first in a line 
of innovative investigations within this new program set.  The 
Announcement of Opportunity will soon be on the street for the 
next New Frontiers Mission, based on the four remaining science 
endeavors identified in the NRC Decadale Survey  and Code S Roadmap 
(Venus In Situ Explorer, Lunar South Pole-Aitken Basin Sample Return, 
Jupiter Polar Orbiter with Probes, and Comet Surface Sample Return).  
The Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO), with its 3 icy moon in-depth 
science investigations, will open up an entirely new probing 
capability, increasing our understanding of distant worlds.  
Optical communications will enable us to return unprecedented 
fire-hose amounts of data to the ground from distances where only 
a data straw was previously available.  In the coming year, the 
Messenger mission will launch, the Genesis sample return capsule 
will drop in Utah, the MERs will land on Mars, Cassini and the 
Huygens Probe will arrive at Saturn and flyby Titan, deploying 
the Probe. I envy you the excitement and challenges and data 
analysis in front of you! Winning an astounding 34% increase 
in the budget from FY 03 to FY 04 alone could not have happened 
without your hard work and diligence.  I'm happy to say I was 
a part of your success.

With best wishes,

Colleen

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NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY OBSERVING PROPOSALS

Due date for the Feb.1, 2004 - July. 31, 2004 semester is October 1,
2003. See http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/userSupport/indexota.html.
Available instruments include: (1) For 1-5 microns: a camera with 3
pixel scales and a circular variable filter, a cross-dispersed
medium-resolution spectrograph, and a high-resolution spectrograph.
(2) For 5-25 microns: a camera, a low-resolution wide spectral range
spectrograph, and high-resolution spectrographs for 8-25 microns.

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