Issue 20-29, June 27, 2020
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: DPS 2020 MEETING UPDATE
- REMINDER: DPS EDUCATION AND OUTREACH GRANTS – 1ST DEADLINE ON JULY 1
- DECADAL SURVEY ON PLANETARY SCIENCE AND ASTROBIOLOGY WEBINAR: PERSPECTIVES AND LESSONS LEARNED: DECADAL SURVEYS IN SPACE SCIENCE
- WORLD VIEW MAILING LIST
- DRAGONFLY STUDENT AND EARLY CAREER INVESTIGATOR PROGRAM
- EPSC 2020: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 30 JUNE
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: DPS 2020 MEETING UPDATE
The DPS Committee is considering the format of the 52nd Annual DPS meeting,
to take place Oct. 25-30. We will be in touch with the membership as soon as a
decision is final. In the meantime, the June 30 deadline for workshop proposals
and the July 12 deadline for Hartmann travel grants are extended indefinitely.
REMINDER: DPS EDUCATION AND OUTREACH GRANTS – 1ST DEADLINE ON JULY 1
The DPS Committee is offering small grants (average amounts of $200 to $500) to support
DPS members to engage in local and virtual education and public engagement activities.
These grants are intended to support DPS member efforts to engage other members, students,
teachers, and the public and can be used for materials, consumables, equipment but not for
salary or travel to DPS meetings. Proposals are being accepted for programs that will occur
by June 1, 2021. We encourage creative solutions for engagement efforts that also conform
to social-distancing requirements. If you have a question about what constitutes an acceptable
cost, please contact the DPS Education and Outreach Officer, Sanlyn Buxner, [email protected].
Proposals should be emailed to [email protected] and you will receive an email confirmation.
Applications will be accepted in two review cycles – the first deadline is July 1st (11:59pm in
proposers’ local time), and awardees will be contacted by July 15th. The second deadline will
be August 1st, and awardees will be contacted by August 15th. All proposals will be reviewed
by members of the DPS education committee and the executive committee.
Complete directions, including a scoring rubric, can be found at
Please address any questions to [email protected].
Sanlyn Buxner (Education and Public Outreach Officer) and
Brian Jackson (Deputy Education and Public Outreach Officer)
DECADAL SURVEY ON PLANETARY SCIENCE AND ASTROBIOLOGY WEBINAR:
PERSPECTIVES AND LESSONS LEARNED: DECADAL SURVEYS IN SPACE SCIENCE
Thursday, July 2 at 1:30 – 3:00PM ET
The National Academies’ Decadal Survey on Planetary Science and Astrobiology will
assess key scientific questions in planetary science and astrobiology, identify priority
medium- and large-class missions and other initiatives, and present a comprehensive
research strategy for the 2023-2032 timeframe. Community participation is critical for
the success of the survey, and we invite early career professionals to join us for a
webinar on lessons learned from prior decadal surveys on Thursday, July 2, 2020 from
1:30-3pm ET (10:30am-12:00pm PT). During the webinar, past and present chairs of
decadal surveys will discuss lessons learned, how decadal surveys are used, and how to
get involved in the decadal survey process.
- Waleed Abdalati, University of Colorado, Decadal Survey in Earth Science and Applications from Space
- Dan Baker, University of Colorado, Decadal Survey in Solar and Space Physics
- Robin Canup, Southwest Research Institute, Decadal Survey in Planetary Science and Astrobiology
- Phil Christensen, Arizona State University, Decadal Survey in Planetary Science and Astrobiology
- William Gail, Global Weather Corporation, Decadal Survey in Earth Science and Applications from Space
- Colleen Hartman, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
- Steve Squyres, Blue Origin, Decadal Survey in Planetary Science
Download the complete agenda on the event page.
WORLD VIEW MAILING LIST
World View high altitude stratospheric ballooning company (https://worldview.space/)
is building a researchers mailing list so we can communicate with PIs and others interested
in announcements relating to vehicle capabilities, research missions, and other pertinent
news. If you would like to join this mailing list, fill out the notification of interest form at
https://world-view-research-education.mailchimpsites.com/ Please share this within
your institution and with interested colleagues.
DRAGONFLY STUDENT AND EARLY CAREER INVESTIGATOR PROGRAM
· Have you dreamed of flying on another world?
· Have you imagined a desert world where the sand dunes are made of the building blocks of life, and it rains methane?
· Are you prepared to be a part of a journey to the most Earth-like and yet alien world in the solar system?
This world is Saturn’s moon Titan, and Dragonfly, the mission headed to it, seeks
Student & Early Career Investigators.
· Eligible students must be pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in the physical sciences,
computer sciences, or engineering at a U.S. institution
· Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research or development
· Excellent organizational and communication skills (written and oral)
· In addition to identifying a mentor on the Dragonfly team, applicants must identify a
faculty member at their home institution who can serve as a faculty mentor for the 2-year duration
of their participation in the program
· Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Application deadline: July 29, 2020
Questions? Email [email protected] or visit Dragonfly for more information.
EPSC 2020 VIRTUAL MEETING: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 30 JUNE
Due to requests for additional time to obtain clearance for payment of the Abstract
Processing Fee by some institutions, the abstract submission deadline for EPSC2020
will be extended until Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 13:00 CEST. Please note that this extension
will affect the deadlines for the programming of the meeting. The letters of schedule
and conference programme will now be published on Friday, 31 July 2020.
The Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020, initially planned to be held in Granada,
Spain on 27 Sept. – 2 Oct. 2020, will be held as a three-week virtual meeting (21 Sept. –
9 Oct.) as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
See https://www.epsc2020.eu/virtual_meeting/overview.html for more details.
We’d like to direct your attention towards the following sessions:
SESSION OPS4: ICY OCEAN WORLDS: PAST AND FUTURE EXPLORATIONS
Conveners: Gabriel Tobie, Carly Howett, Alice Lucchetti, Frank Postberg, Federico Tosi
Session Description: The exploration of the outer solar system by Galileo at Jupiter, Cassini-Huygens
at Saturn, and New Horizons at Pluto-Charon, has revealed that several icy worlds harbor a
subsurface salty ocean underneath their cold icy surface. By flying through the
icy-vapor plume erupting from Enceladus’ south pole, Cassini proceeded for the first time
to the analysis of fresh materials coming from an extraterrestrial ocean, revealing its astrobiological
potentials. Even if there is no direct evidence yet, similar oceanic habitats
might also be present within Europa, Ganymede and Titan, which will be characterized by
future missions currently under development for the exploration of icy Galilean moons
(JUICE, Europa Clipper) and of Saturn’s moon Titan (Dragonfly).
Understanding these ocean worlds requires input from a variety of scientific disciplines:
planetary geology and geophysics, atmospheric physics, life sciences, magnetospheric
environment, space weathering, as well as supporting laboratory studies, numerical simulations,
preparatory studies for future missions and technology developments in instrumentation and
engineering. We welcome abstracts that span this full breadth of disciplines required for the
characterization and future exploration of ice-covered ocean worlds.
The new deadline for abstract submission is *** 30 June 2020, 13:00 CEST ***.
Information on how to submit an abstract can be found at the following link: https://www.epsc2020.eu/abstract_management/how_to_submit_an_abstract.html
Looking forward to meeting you virtually!
Gabriel, Carly, Alice, Frank, Federico
SESSION SB7: SPACE MISSIONS TO SMALL BODIES: PLANETARY DEFENSE
Conveners: Patrick Michel, Andy Cheng, Julia de Leon, Michael Kueppers, Holger Sierks
Dates: September 21, 2020 – October 9, 2020
Abstracts are due June 30, 2020, 13:00 CEST
The NASA DART and the ESA Hera missions will allow performing the first complete
asteroid deflection test by a kinetic impact, including the full characterization of the target
and the impact outcome. The development of these missions is supported by a large number
of activities in terms of modeling (impact process, dynamics, physical properties), instrumentation,
close proximity operations and data analyses. In parallel, the inventory
and spectral properties of Near-Earth Objects from Earth and from space (NEOSM) will
progress substantially. This session welcomes contributions related to those fascinating
Please forward this message to your colleagues and in particular to any early career
researcher you may know who is working on a relevant topic.
SESSION SB11: PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF SMALL BODIES: OBSERVATIONS AND TECHNIQUES
Please consider submitting an abstract to the EPSC SESSION SB11: Physical properties of small bodies:
observations and techniques virtual meeting September 21 – October, 2020.
Electromagnetic scattering phenomena play a key role in determining the properties of Solar System
surfaces based on observations using different techniques and in a variety of wavelengths ranging from
the ultraviolet to the radio. This session will promote a general advancement in the exploitation of observational
and experimental techniques to characterize radiative transfer in complex particulate media. Abstracts are
solicited on progresses in numerical methods to extract relevant information from imagery, photometry,
polarimetry and spectroscopy in solid phase, reference laboratory databases, photometric modeling, interpreting
features on planetary surfaces, mixing/unmixing methods… Software and web service applications are welcome.
Abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2019, 13:00 CEST
Virtual meeting info:
Conveners: Stéphane Erard, Maria Gritsevich, Karri Muinonen, Antti Penttilä, Frédéric Schmidt
SESSION MITM2: NANO TO MINI SATELLITE AND DEDICATED INSTRUMENTS: A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR PLANETARY EXPLORATION
EPSC 2020 will be held as a virtual meeting. We would like to draw your attention to the session on
“Nano to Mini satellite and dedicated instruments: a new opportunity for planetary exploration.”
where we are now accepting abstracts.
Dates: 21 September 2020 – 9 October 2020
Abstract submission deadline: 30 June 13:00 CEST
This session will highlight planetary science and space mission concepts based on small
satellites in the class of NanoSat, MiniSat and planetary SmallSats. Recent advances in
small platforms make it possible for small satellites, including CubeSats, to be considered
as independent or complementary elements in planetary exploration missions, for example
the small probes as part of the Hayabusa 2 mission and Hera mission. Presentations on Deep
Space Planetary CubeSats, e.g. the small satellites accompanying the new F-class ESA
mission Comet Interceptor and those selected or proposed for the NASA SIMPLEX program
are welcomed. Concepts for future mission may either be an augmentation to larger missions
or as stand-alone missions of their own. We encourage presentations on new Planetary science
mission architectures and associated technologies, as well as dedicated instrumentation that
can be developed for these applications.
With our best regards
John Robert Brucato, Marilena Amoroso, Patricia Beauchamp, Vincenzo Della Corte,
SESSION OPS3: “PLANET” TITAN
Please consider submitting an abstract to the EPSC session OPS3: “Planet” Titan
This will be a virtual meeting September 21 – October, 2020.
Despite its satellite status, Titan has nothing to envy to planets: it has planetary dimensions,
a substantial and dynamic atmosphere, a carbon cycle, a variety of geological features
(dunes, lakes, rivers, mountains…), seasons and a hidden ocean. It even now has its own
mission: Dragonfly, selected by NASA in the frame of the New Frontiers program.
In this session, scientific presentations are solicited to cover all aspects of current research
on Titan: from its interior to its upper atmosphere, using data collected in the frame of the
Cassini-Huygens mission (2004-2017) or from ground-based telescopes (e.g., ALMA) or
based on modelling and experimental efforts to support the interpretation of past and future
observations of this unique world.
Abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2019, 13:00 CEST
Virtual meeting info:
Convener: Alice Le Gall | Co-conveners: Anezina Solomonidou, Sandrine Vinatier,
Giuseppe Mitri, Marco Mastroguiseppe, Sarah M. Hörst
SESSION TP4: IMPACT PROCESSES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Conveners: Robert Luther, Elena Martellato, Jens Ormö
Co-conveners: Natasha Artemieva, Christopher Hamann, Isabel Herreros, Francisco Javier Rodriguez Tovar
Description: Impact processes shaped the solar system and modify planetary surfaces
until today. This session aims at understanding planetary impact processes at all scales
in terms of shock metamorphism, dynamical aspects, geochemical consequences,
environmental effects and biotic response, and cratering chronology. Naturally, advancing
our understanding of impact phenomena requires a multidisciplinary approach, which
includes (but it is not limited to) observations of craters, strewn fields or airbursts,
numerical modelling, laboratory experiments, geologic and structural mapping, remote
sensing, petrographic analysis of impact products, and isotopic and elemental geochemistry analysis.
We welcome presentations across this broad range of study, and particularly encourage
work that bridges the gap between the investigative methods employed in studying
planetary impact processes at all scales.
Please, use the following link for more information:
The deadline for the abstract submission is: 30 June 2020, 13:00 CEST.
Please, feel free to forward this e-mail to interested impact science colleagues.
We apologize for any cross-postings. If you have any further questions please
email the conveners.
We look forward to see you … at your computer screen!
Robert, Elena, and Jens
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) TWO POSITIONS IN EXPERIMENTAL PLANETARY SCIENCE
Two positions, a PhD and a post-doctoral position, are open for candidates interested
in pursuing experimental planetary science at the Institute of Planetology, University
of Münster, Germany. The goal is to perform laboratory-based research in order to
understand the role of diurnal temperature variation on the evolution of planetary
regolith and on their current physical and compositional nature. Laboratory outputs
will be linked to measurements of planetary surfaces done remotely or in situ. The
preferred start date is in September but some flexibility exists to accommodate
developments of the Covid-19 situation.
More information are available at the following links:
PhD position: http://www.earthworks-jobs.com/planet/wwum20061.html
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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