Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #08-04: AAS

Issue 08-04, March 13th 2008

1) NASA planetary science summer school applications
2) NASA Infrared Telescope Facility Observing Proposal Deadline
3) NRC Committee: Science Opportunities Enabled by Constellation
4) Reminder: DPS Prize Nominations Due April 1st
5) Job Announcements
6) Upcoming Meetings



NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs,
recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 20th Annual Planetary
Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this
summer (21-25 July and 4-8 August) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
Pasadena, Calif.

During the program, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an
early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review
presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. At
the end of the week, students will have a clearer understanding of the
life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design,
cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost
and schedule while preserving the quality of science.

Applications are due 1 May 2008. Partial financial support is
available for a limited number of individuals. Further information and
the application are available at .



Due date for the August 1, 2008 to January 31, 2009 semester is
Tuesday, April 1, 2008.


Available instruments include: (1) SpeX, a 1-5 micron cross-dispersed
medium-resolution spectrograph (up to R=3D2,500); (2) CSHELL, a 1-5
micron high-resolution spectrograph (up to R=3D30,000); (3) MIRSI, a 5
to 25 micron camera and low-resolution spectrometer (R=3D100 to 200),
(4) NSFCAM2, a 2048=D72048 pixel, 1-5 micron camera with a 0.04
arcsec/pixel scale and a circular variable filter; and (5)
PI-instruments including a low-resolution 3-14 micron spectrograph and
high-resolution spectrographs for 8-25 microns.  Information on
available instruments can be found at:



The National Research Council's Committee on Science Opportunities
Enabled by NASA's Constellation System has issued a request for
information from the scientific community.  The due date for proposals
for space science missions that may be possible using Constellation is
May 5.  The committee intends to review the proposals and ask some of
them to formally present at the committee's third meeting in Boulder
in early June.

See for



You have two more weeks to nominate your favorite members of our
community for the honor of a DPS prize.  See



1) The planetary research group of the Max Planck Institute for Solar
System Research (MPS) in Lindau seeks a planetary (cometary) physicist
to participate in the science planning of the OSIRIS cameras.


2) Space Scientist Positions In Cosmochemistry/Astromaterials At The
NASA Johnson Space Center

The Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate (ARES)
at Johnson Space Center invites applicants for two or more Civil
Service positions in Planetary Science.  We are interested in
candidates in one or more of the following areas: 1) management of a
planetary science research organization, 2) active involvement in
lunar sample science or lunar missions, 3) ongoing research on
planetary materials or related data sets.

Contact: Dr. Eileen Stansbery (  Openings
in USAjobs will begin March 10, 2008, and the positions will remain
open for at least two weeks (extending the period is at the direction
of the selecting official).  Additional information about ARES is
available at



1) Europa - Jupiter International Workshop, Rome, Italy,
April 21-22, 2008


Registration deadine, April 3rd

This is to announce a Workshop in association with studies for an
international Europa/Jupiter System Mission in collaboration between
NASA, ESA, JAXA and possibly other international partners.  This
mission would carry out an in-depth study of Europa and the Jupiter
system, with special emphasis on studying Europa's habitability in the
global context of the Jupiter system. The purpose of this Workshop is
to provide a venue for the international science community interested
in the exploration of Europa and the Jupiter system to discuss the
scientific and measurement objectives in the current plans by the
space agencies that are now engaged in studying this very exciting and
challenging mission to Europa and the Jupiter system. All
contributions from the community are welcome, to address in particular
the following three aspects of the mission design: - Science
objectives and support to science planning, - Mission profile
definition to meet these objectives within a three-spacecraft mission
architecture, - Design of the necessary payload elements, including
advanced payload concepts to meet the stringent resource and
environment constraints of the mission.

The Workshop is organised by INAF-IFSI and CESR with the support of
ESA and NASA.  Proposals for contributions can be sent to the members
of the Organizing Committee.

Federico Tosi  <>
Michel Blanc  <>
Ron Greeley  <>

2) Titan Book Symposium, Corpus Christi, TX, July 7-11 2008.


The meeting will be held at the Omni Hotel Bayfront Tower in Corpus
Christi, and, will scientifically examine the Cassini-Huygens mission
to Titan along with ground based observational and theoretical
supporting studies for the purpose of writing a book on Titan. The
book, to be published by Springer-Verlag, is targeted for publication
in late 2009. A secondary purpose of the meeting is to hold a one-day
symposium of future Titan missions with emphasis on the Titan Explorer
flagship proposal and participation by interested industrial parties.

Early registration of $450.00 is now open through May 11th and the
late registration fee of $550.00 will follow through the date of the

Contact: Hunter Waite (Organizer) at or Melody Cherry
(Administrator), 210-522-3745

3) 2008 Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors (ACM) meeting, Baltimore, MD,
July 14-18 2008.


We are now accepting abstracts and registrations. Abstracts are due
before 5 pm (CST) on 2 April 2008 and are limited to one page. Early
registration ends on 12 May 2008, with an increase in rates after that

-Andy Rivkin, SOC Chair

4) Outer Planets session at the AGU Western Pacific Geophysics
    meeting, Cairns, Australia, 29 July-1 August 2008.


P02: Jupiter, Saturn and Their Satellites: New Perspectives Revealed
by the Cassini-Huygens and New Horizons Spacecraft Missions The
continued exploration of Saturn and Titan by the Cassini-Huygens
mission and the flyby of Jupiter by the New Horizons spacecraft in
2007 have revealed unprecedented views of the Jovian and Saturnian
satellite systems. Analysis of these data, as well as data from
previous spacecraft and Earth-based telescopic observations, continue
to challenge our understanding of these systems. These data span
significantly diverse worlds where phenomena range from geysers on
Enceladus, rampant volcanism on Io, Ganymede's magnetic field and the
Earth-like surface of Titan. Both NASA and ESA are currently studying
future spacecraft missions to Jupiter and Saturn. This session will
include invited and contributed presentations that discuss
observations, data analysis and theoretical modeling of Jupiter,
Saturn and their satellites, with emphasis on recent results from the
Cassini-Huygens and New Horizons missions. Contributions on studies
for future missions, as well as on the Uranus and Neptune systems, are
also welcome.

Abstract deadline is 16 April.

5) The Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Asteroids to Cosmology, Chicago IL,
August 15-18 2008


Contact: David Weinberg (

6) Future Ground based Solar System Research: Synergies with Space
Probes and Space Telescopes, Elba, Italy, September 8-12, 2008


organized by I.N.A.F. - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri  and

Send submissions to:
John Spencer, DPS Secretary (