Space & Planetary Science: April 2020 Archives

NASA's Curiosity Team Operates A Mars Rover From Home

"For people who are able to work remotely during this time of social distancing, video conferences and emails have helped bridge the gap. The same holds true for the team behind NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. They're dealing with the same challenges of so many remote workers - quieting the dog, sharing space with partners and family, remembering to step away from the desk from time to time - but with a twist: They're operating on Mars."

In Response to COVID-19, Space Dynamics Lab Satellite Operators "Fly" Small Sats from Home, Space Dynamics Laboratory

"The Space Dynamics Laboratory announced today that satellite operators are flying NASA spacecraft from their homes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The emphasis on social distancing and stay-at-home work has become ubiquitous throughout the world and has affected sectors of many industries, including the space industry. In response to disruptions of normal work methods due to the global pandemic, SDL satellite operators have successfully shifted operations of two NASA small satellites away from traditional Mission Operations Centers to alternative flight centers--their living rooms."

236th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society Goes Virtual

"The 236th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), originally scheduled 31 May to 4 June in Madison, Wisconsin, will instead be held online, 1-3 June. The AAS Board of Directors decided to make this move in alignment with worldwide efforts to minimize the impact of COVID-19. Most of our Madison plenary lecturers and other presenters have committed to join us for this virtual experience, which will be held jointly with the AAS Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD)."

International Astronautical Congress, Global Space Exploration Conference, Global Space Conference on Climate Change - All Postponed, IAF

"Following the growing escalation of the Covid-19 outbreak around the world, the IAF is saddened to inform you that the International Astronautical Congress - IAC in Dubai will not be taking place this year, but will be postponed. We are in the process of re-assessing the overall schedule of IACs and will inform you within the coming weeks about the new dates. As a consequence, the Call for Applications to Host the IAC in 2023 is suspended and a new Call for Hosting IAC 2024 will be opened in November 2020. ... Also, the Global Space Exploration Conference - GLEX 2020 in St. Petersburg, and the Global Space Conference on Climate Change - GLOC 2021 in Oslo will be postponed by a year to 2021 and 2022 respectively. New dates will be communicated in the coming months."

NASA RFI: Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon released

"NASA is soliciting input to assist the Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration in the Science Mission Directorate in planning the development of investigations on the lunar surface to be delivered by the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program."

HeroX Helps NASA Advance Moon Exploration with Miniaturized Payload Design Competition

"HeroX, the leading crowdsourcing platform that solves global problems, today launched the crowdsourcing competition "Honey I Shrunk the NASA Payload" on behalf of the NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The challenge calls on the global community of solvers to develop miniature payloads that could be sent to the moon in the next several years to fill strategic lunar knowledge gaps."

NASA Awards Contract to Deliver Science, Tech to Moon Ahead of Human Missions

"NASA has selected Masten Space Systems of Mojave, California, to deliver and operate eight payloads - with nine science and technology instruments - to the Moon's South Pole in 2022, to help lay the foundation for human expeditions to the lunar surface beginning in 2024. The payloads, which include instruments to assess the composition of the lunar surface, test precision landing technologies, and evaluate the radiation on the Moon, are being delivered under NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative as part of the agency's Artemis program."

NASA's Science Mission Directorate Seeks Earth and Space Science Volunteer Reviewers

"NASA's Science Mission Directorate is seeking subject matter experts to serve as external (email) and/or virtual panel reviewers of proposals to ROSES. All of the forms may be accessed on the main landing page at https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/volunteer-review-panels or just follow the links below to the volunteer review forms and click the boxes to indicate the topics in which you consider yourself to be a subject matter expert. If your skills match our needs for that review and there are not too many organizational conflicts of interest, we will contact you to discuss scheduling."


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