Issue 19-31, July 26, 2019
- EPSC-DPS 2019 MEETING MENTOR-MENTEE PROGRAM
- NEW COMETARY INSIGHTS FROM THE CLOSE APPROACH OF 46P/WIRTANEN: A SYMPOSIUM IN CELEBRATION OF MIKE A'HEARN
- OPAG UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
- STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: SHOEMAKER IMPACT CRATERING AWARD
- CELEBRATING THE WOMEN OF APOLLO
- EPSC-DPS 2019 DPS DEPENDENT CARE GRANTS
- CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2019 AGU FALL MEETING
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
EPSC-DPS 2019 MEETING MENTOR-MENTEE PROGRAM
Sign Up Deadline: 31 August 2019
The EuroPlanet Early Career (EPEC) network is introducing a mentor-mentee
program for this EPSC-DPS 2019 meeting in Geneva. The program is designed
to support the novice conference attendees, students, and early career scientists
by enabling one-to-one meetings with an experienced researcher to help them
navigate the conference. The registered mentees will be able to meet their respective
mentors during the ice breaker event on Sept 15, 2019.
Details to sign-up to the program: Mentees, if this is your first international conference,
your first oral presentation, first EPSC, or you are looking for guidance during the
EPSC-DPS 2019, sign up here: http://eepurl.com/gxD-wf . We will put you in contact
with a suitable mentor, who would be beneficiary to your experience during the conference.
Mentors, if you are a postdoc, researcher, or a senior scientist who has been in numerous
international conferences and are willing to show early careers how to navigate through
various sessions and network within an international community, please sign up here:
You will be requested to set up at least one meeting with your mentee during the
The deadline to sign-up to the mentor-mentee program is 31st August, 2019.
If you have any queries, please contact us at EPEC.EPSC@gmail.com
Looking forward to meeting you in Geneva, EPEC-EPSC working group
NEW COMETARY INSIGHTS FROM THE CLOSE APPROACH OF 46P/WIRTANEN: A SYMPOSIUM IN CELEBRATION OF MIKE A'HEARN
This is a final reminder that registration for the meeting (August 6-8, 2019 on the
University of Maryland campus) will end on July 30, 2019.
We are still accepting abstracts for poster presentations, regarding comet Wirtanen,
other comets, big picture views, or memories of Mike.
For more information about the meeting and a link to the registration site, go to
OUTER PLANETS ASSESSMENT GROUP (OPAG) UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Early Career Participant Support Available for OPAG Meeting August 19-21, 2019
Deadline: August 1, 2019
NASA’s OPAG will provide travel grants for a limited number of interested Early
Career participants to attend the OPAG meeting August 20-21 in Boulder, Colorado.
OPAG plays a key role in sculpting the planetary science community’s input into
NASA activities for outer planets science and exploration. Thus it is critical for
Early Career scientists to attend these meetings both to learn how NASA and
Planetary Science programs operate and to represent the community that will
work on OPAG-relevant projects in the coming decade. In addition to the OPAG
meeting, Early Career travel awardees can also choose to participate in the OPAG
Subsurface Needs for Ocean Worlds Meeting (SNOW) to be held on August 19
prior to OPAG. Selected individuals will present a poster at the meeting on a topic
of their choosing. Interested graduate students, postdocs, and other Early Career
scientists (within 5 years of PhD/MS/BS) should submit a one-page letter of
interest and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1, 2019. Recipients
will be notified by August 5 and will receive support for hotel and transportation
costs. For more information, email Morgan Cable at the address above.
OPAG Meeting Hotel And Registration Link
The next OPAG Meeting will be held August 20–21, 2019, in Boulder, CO. The
day prior, August 19, will be the Ocean World Access Working Group Workshop.
The meeting will be held at the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric
and Space Physics (LASP), Space Science Building, Room W120 (SPSC) on East
Campus, 3665 Discovery Drive, Boulder, Colorado, 80303. Directions to SPSC
can be found at http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/about/address-directions/spsc/.
NEW: Information about logistics and registration is now available at:
The Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) will be devoting the bulk of the
August meeting to discussions and preparation for the next Decadal Survey.
Community members are encouraged to attend and add their voice to this
diverse discussion. During the meeting we will arrange panel discussions on
various topics. Please contact Carrie Chavez (email@example.com) by August 15
if you would like to lead one of these panel discussions. By the end of the meeting
we expect to produce a list of three key recommendations to develop and eventually
deliver to the Decadal Survey committee for consideration.
STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: SHOEMAKER IMPACT CRATERING AWARD
Applications for the GSA Planetary Geology Division’s Eugene M. Shoemaker
Impact Cratering Award are due August 19, 2019.
The Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is for undergraduate or
graduate students, of any nationality, working in any country, in the disciplines
of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, astronomy, or biology. The award,
which will include $3000, is to be applied for the study of impact craters, either
on Earth or on the other solid bodies in the solar system. Areas of study may
include but shall not necessarily be limited to impact cratering processes; the
bodies (asteroidal or cometary) that make the impacts; or the geological, chemical,
or biological results of impact cratering. Details about the award as well as an
application form for interested students can be found at
CELEBRATING THE WOMEN OF APOLLO
Splashdown! July 24th marked the 50th anniversary of the return of Apollo 11
astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, after a historic
mission that saw Neil and Buzz on the lunar surface for about 2.5 hours. In mid-
1969, there were about 100 women, including 16 engineers, serving in top positions
at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. But thousands of other women around
the country also supported the Apollo program, before, during, and after 1969.
Many of them have recently been interviewed as part of the 50th anniversary, and
their stories have appeared in various news outlets. For easy reference, we list
many here. If you find even more (and we hope you do!), please let us know in
the comments section. As we go forward to the Moon with Artemis, including
the first women landing on the lunar surface by 2024 and onward to Mars, women
around the world will continue to leave indelible marks on the Moon and throughout
the solar system.
Read more at
EPSC-DPS 2019 DPS DEPENDENT CARE GRANTS
The DPS Susan Niebur Professional Development Fund provides financial assistance
to qualifying members of the DPS in order to facilitate their meeting attendance by
offsetting dependent care costs (such as child care, elder care, spousal care, etc) at
the meeting location, or at home, during the DPS conference week. For 2019, the
DPS Professional Development Subcommittee will accept applications for dependent
care subsidies to assist an eligible DPS member to attend the Joint EPSC-DPS Meeting
in Geneva, Switzerland (September 2019). The deadline for applications is 12 August 2019.
Please access the grant application form at https://dps.aas.org/development#grants .
Mark Gurwell, DPS Professional Development Subcommittee member
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2019 AGU FALL MEETING
- SESSION ED026 – ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE THROUGH SCIENCE FESTIVALS
Anyone interested in sharing their experiences participating in science festivals as
a means of engaging audiences is encouraged to submit an abstract to the 2019 AGU
Fall Meeting session Engagement Opportunities for Everyone through Science Festivals.
Increasing numbers of think pieces and news articles position scientists as experts yet
still leave people questioning the science. Now, more than ever, it is crucial for scientists
to be present in conversations around scientific subjects. Enter: science festivals. This
session will illustrate the power of engaging public audiences with science festivals through
descriptions of ongoing events, discussions of evaluation methods and results, and connecting
scientists with resources and experts to help them join current festivals, or start their own.
For scientists already engaging with public audiences, this session will provide next-steps
for communicating their science. This session will focus on what science festivals are, why
engagement is important for scientists, and how scientists can connect with this living resource.
Abstracts from education/communication professionals and scientists are welcome. Topics of
interest may include science communication at live events, scientists’ engagement and outreach
activities, and evaluation.
2019 Fall AGU abstract submission deadline is July 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Don’t forget:
submitting an education abstract won’t count against your first author science abstract submissions!
At AGU, one first author education abstract is allowable in addition to a science abstract.
Questions? Contact Andy Shaner.
- SESSION P003 : ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES, PARTICLES, AND CHEMISTRY
We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract to a cross-disciplinary session
on Atmospheric Processes, Particles, and Chemistry (P003) at the AGU 2019 Fall
Meeting in San Francisco, CA (December 9-13, 2019).
The goal of this session is to stimulate communication across disciplines and spark
new scientific collaborations between the Earth and Planetary communities (lab,
theory, model, observations). With this in mind, we encourage presenters who have
already made these types of connections, as well as others who have a technique to
offer or a problem in search of a new perspective to submit their abstracts. (Please
Note: you can find our session by selecting Planetary Science or Cross-listed/Atmospheric Science.)
Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2019, 11:59 pm EDT
P003 - Atmospheric Processes, Particles, and Chemistry
Many of the chemical and microphysical processes occurring in planetary atmospheres
have direct similarities to those studied in the Earth's atmosphere. The aim of this session
is to bring together atmospheric expertise from the Earth and planetary communities
to share knowledge and techniques across traditional boundaries.
We encourage submissions from all areas of atmospheric studies, including but
not limited to experimental and/or theoretical studies of gas phase composition, chemistry,
dynamics, and particle (aerosols and clouds) formation and evolution.
We encourage reports of existing cross-disciplinary efforts as well as abstracts
describing techniques that could be applied to other bodies, and submissions
describing a gap in knowledge that could be addressed collaboratively. We intend
to use the "short talk" format to maximize information exchange and encourage participants
to initiate conversations that could lead to future collaborations and
new research investigations.
Conveners: Laura Iraci (NASA Ames), Ella Sciamma-O'Brien (NASA Ames),
Alexandria Johnson (Brown University), and Erika Barth (Southwest Research
- SESSION P005: CARBON ACROSS THE SOLAR SYSTEM
We invite abstracts for the following session at the 2019 AGU Fall
Meeting in San Francisco, CA, December 9-13, 2019.
Recent results ranging from the Kuiper Belt, the Pluto system, the
Saturn system, other locations beyond ~5 AU, all the way to Mercury in
the inner Solar System, and nearly all points in between, raise
questions about the state of carbon in the Solar System: how do
carbonaceous compounds become weathered in response to thermal
processes and irradiation? How do we recognize carbon compounds and
their various weathering products? The syntheses of these results
improve our scientific understanding of the role of carbon in the Solar
System, how it evolves and how to recognize it. The carbonaceous
near-Earth asteroids 162173 Ryugu and 101955 Bennu are now being
visited and sampled; the analyses of these samples will provide context
for the presence of carbon. In this session, abstracts covering
observational, laboratory and modeling work related to carbon and
carbonaceous species on Solar System bodies are welcome.
The deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday, 31 July, 23:59 EDT
Conveners: Faith Vilas (PSI, firstname.lastname@example.org), Amanda R. Hendrix (PSI),
Yvonne J. Pendleton (NASA ARC)
- SESSION P013: FINDING, EXPLORING AND CHARACTERIZING TERRESTRIAL
EXOPLANETS: THE NEXT FRONTIER
We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for the following
session at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA, December
This session is a discussion of the potential of new and future
facilities and modeling efforts designed to detect, image and
characterize Earth-size and super-Earth terrestrial exoplanets,
studying their formation, evolution and also the existence of possible
biospheres. Topics to be covered in this session include instrument
requirements and technologies to detect these exoplanets; strategies
for target selection and prioritization; signs of exoplanet
habitability and global biosignatures that can be sought with upcoming
instrumentation; impacts of planetary system properties; and future
ground-based and space telescope architectures.
For more information, visit:
The submission deadline is Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
Franck Marchis (SETI Institute)
Ramses Ramirez (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Douglas A. Caldwell (SETI Institute)
- SESSION P021: JUPITER’S ATMOSPHERE THROUGH THE EYES OF JUNO
Session ID#: 83117
NASA's Juno mission operates a spacecraft in 53-day polar orbits around
Jupiter, with a goal of understanding Jupiter's origin and evolution. As the
largest and most massive planet in our solar system, Jupiter offers unique
insight in the history of our solar system and how planetary systems in
general form and evolve. One objective of the Juno mission is to establish
the structure, composition and dynamics of the deep atmosphere and its
relationship with the upper atmosphere. Juno has provided new observations
of the global atmospheric structure and composition, storm and lightning
distribution and cloud morphology and dynamics. This session welcomes
presentations involving all results obtained by and in support of the Juno
mission, including not only results of Juno and Earth-based supporting
atmospheric observations but also theoretical modeling of atmospheric
structure, composition and dynamics, and comparisons with the atmosphere
Shannon Brown, JPL;
Fachreddin Tabataba-Vakili, JPL
Link to submissions: https://www2.agu.org/Fall-Meeting/Pages/Submit-an-abstract
Deadline: Wednesday, 31 July at 23:59 EDT
5704 Atmospheres [PLANETARY SCIENCES: FLUID PLANETS]
5739 Meteorology [PLANETARY SCIENCES: FLUID PLANETS]
5754 Polar regions [PLANETARY SCIENCES: FLUID PLANETS]
6220 Jupiter [PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLAR SYSTEM OBJECTS]
- SESSION P030: PLANETARY RINGS, METEOROID AND DUST POPULATIONS AND EFFECTS
New theoretical and observational studies of planetary rings, meteoroids,
and dust. These collections of small particles are sensitive to a wide variety
of dynamical phenomena, and so can provide information about the sources,
sinks and transport of material. Rings can also encode detailed information
about their dynamical environments such as their host planet's gravitational
field, while meteoroids and dust interact with larger bodies through surface
impacts and atmospheric ablation and therefore contribute to surface weathering
or airless bodies and metal deposition in planetary atmospheres. Subjects to be
covered include: the structure, dynamics and composition of rings; characterization
of dust populations along with their effects on asteroids and spacecraft; dust
chemistry; hypervelocity impacts of dust and meteoroids; the interaction of
planetary rings with ionospheres, magnetospheres and interplanetary dust;
and the origin and evolution of the rings. Recent observations of the dust
environment around small bodies will be highlighted.
Nicolas Lee, Sean Hsu, Matthew Hedman, Sigrid Close
- SESSION P038: THE NEW MARS UNDERGROUND 2.0
After last year’s highly successful “The New Mars Underground” Session, we
look forward to seeing again many abstracts focusing on the Martian subsurface:
its properties, processes and prospects for life, ancient and modern – across
science, enabling technologies and mission concepts.
Summary: The Martian crustal subsurface encompasses a wide range of
environments at depths from ~centimeters to kilometers. These environments
are relatively unexplored but are of enormous interest for planetary science.
Recent results, e.g., methane fluctuations, radar data that are consistent with
liquid subsurface water, and ongoing debates on RSL, all point to dynamic
subsurface environments. We invite contributions that address the nature and
diversity of Mars crustal subsurface environments (modeling, experiments,
observations) or develop the tools/missions for exploring them (sounding,
access, in situ analysis). We are particularly interested in contributions that
advance our understanding of how the subsurface changes with geographic
location and depth, in respect to: volatiles such as brines, ices, clathrates,
salts, methane and oxidants, the potential for extant life and the preservation
of signs of extinct life, the redox potential of past and present environments,
and the technologies/mission concepts that enable such subsurface exploration.
Please direct question to the conveners: Vlada Stamenkovic (JPL,
Vlada.Stamenkovic@jpl.nasa.gov), Nina Lanza (Los Alamos),
Jack Mustard (Brown), Kris Zacny (Honeybee).
Submit here: Abstract submission deadline is coming soon: 31 July 2019,
11:59 pm EDT
- SESSION P039: THE URANUS AND NEPTUNE SYSTEMS, AND THEIR RELATION TO OTHER PLANETS
Uranus and Neptune systems are high-priority targets for near-future exploration
by orbiter and/or flyby missions that may accompany in-situ probes and landers.
We aim to hold a highly interdisciplinary session that advances the state of the
art in our understanding of all aspects of ice-giant systems: the magnetospheres,
satellites, rings, atmospheres, and interiors of Uranus and Neptune; their
formation and evolution; and their relation to other planets in and beyond
our solar system. Our session especially welcomes presentations that advance
our understanding of the Ice Giant systems in preparation for future remote
sensing and in situ explorations. We solicit presentations on observations,
modeling, theory and laboratory work, as well as concepts for missions and
instruments relevant for future exploration of the Ice Giant Systems.
Convenors: Kunio Sayanagi, Krista Soderlund, Zibi Turtle, Xin Cao
- SESSION P040: TITAN: THE EXOTIC AND ENIGMATIC MOON
Saturn’s giant moon Titan is one of the most mysterious, and yet strangely
familiar, realms in the solar system. Possessing a dense atmosphere enriched
in organic compounds, its active photochemistry works to produce a panoply
of molecules of increasing size and complexity, running the gamut from
ethane to haze particles. This session solicits presentations on all aspects
of Titan research, including on-going Cassini dataset analysis, Earth-based
observations, modeling, laboratory investigations, and comparison with other
Conveners: Conor Nixon (NASA GSFC), Alex Hayes (Cornell University),
Kathleen Mandt (Johns Hopkins APL)
Submissions welcome until: 31 July 2019 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT. At:
J) SESSION P041: ULTRAVIOLET OBSERVING OF SOLAR SYSTEM TARGETS
We are pleased to invite abstract submissions for this session at the 2019 AGU
Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA, December 9-13, 2019. Ultraviolet
spectroscopy and imaging have a decades-long history as valuable techniques
for studying atmospheres, aurorae, plumes, and surface composition and volatiles
on asteroids, comet nuclei and moons. While there continue to be opportunities
for UV remote sensing from Earth orbit and in future robotic missions, the
infrastructure for UV instrumentation is at a crossroads. Existing orbital facilities
are nearing the end of their useful lives and there continue to be many phenomena
that cannot be effectively studied with existing, high-heritage instrument designs.
Exciting advances in UV-optimized technologies promise new capabilities that
can be incorporated into the next generation of robotic probes, flexible SmallSat
missions, and large aperture space-based observatories. This session welcomes
abstracts covering UV science results, as well as reports on progress toward
developing new technologies such as UV detector technologies, high performance
coatings, and novel sensor designs.
Deadline for abstract submissions: Wednesday, 31 July, 23:59 EDT
Conveners Shouleh Nikzad (JPL), Amanda Hendrix (PSI), Walt Harris (Univ. Arizona)
- SESSION SH04: SPACE WEATHER EVENTS AT SOLAR SYSTEM BODIES AND BEYOND
We would like to invite you to submit an abstract and participate in the
2019 Fall AGU cross-disciplinary session, "SH024: Space weather events
at solar system bodies and beyond". The abstract submission is currently
open until 31 July 2019 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT.
Please visit this page to submit directly to this session:
The characteristics of how different solar system bodies respond to the
active solar conditions can be used as an analog for space weather conditions
experienced by planets at other stellar systems. The availability of both
interplanetary spacecraft observations and advanced modeling techniques
allow us to better understand the space weather responses by planets and
their satellites within our solar system. In particular, the heliospheric
influences on various bodies can be different, depending on the plasma
environment of the planet (e.g., airless or tenuous atmosphere, with or
without a magnetosphere).
This session will cover a range of interrelated topics, including the
propagation and evolution of ICMEs and SEPs in the heliosphere, the
space weather responses by planets, moons, and asteroids, and the
expected space weather conditions at exoplanets, particularly those
within habitable zones of their stellar systems. We welcome both
observational and modeling studies on the heliosphere and exoplanetary
Réka Winslow (University of New Hampshire)
Jingnan Guo (University of Science and Technology of China)
Christina O. Lee (Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley)
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) SPICE SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA's Navigation and Ancillary Information Facility (NAIF), located at
the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is seeking a skilled,
dedicated and highly motivated professional to help develop the "SPICE 2.0"
Toolkit, a re-implementation of the existing SPICE 1.0 Toolkit family using
the C++11 language with a multithreaded and object-oriented architecture.
SPICE is the de facto worldwide standard for computing observation geometry
used by scientists and engineers working on solar system exploration missions.
The SPICE system and NAIF functions are described within the NAIF website:
The job involves original design, thoughtful implementation, excellent code
documentation and provision of thorough testing facilities, all in keeping with
existing NAIF standards and practices. The applicant must have demonstrable
C++11 programming experience as well as skills in the areas of mathematics
and space dynamics. He or she must be willing to quickly learn SPICE technology
and capabilities in order to apply this knowledge to the SPICE 2.0 development
Applicants should have a degree in Engineering or Applied Mathematics, and
have several years of practical, related experience. This job is not in the domain
of computer science, but a strong aptitude for practical computer programming
is required. Practical knowledge of the Linux and OSX operating systems and
of additional languages such as Fortran 77, C, IDL, Matlab, Python and Java
Native Interface would be helpful. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
Persons interested in learning more about this offering should access this URL:
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