Astrobiology (general)

NASA Planetary Science Summer School- APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 15

By Keith Cowing
March 20, 2007

Applications are due May 15, 2007, for NASA’s 19th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two sessions this summer, July 23-27 and August 6-10, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

Science and engineering post-doctoral and doctoral students with a strong interest in careers in planetary exploration are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or resident aliens (“green card” holders) and must be living within the U.S. at the time of application.

The student teams will develop the equivalent of an early concept study responsive to a typical NASA Announcement of Opportunity for robotic missions, prepare a presentation for a proposal authorization review, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. At the end of the week, students will have a clearer understanding of the relationships among mission design, cost, and schedule, and the trade-offs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the opportunity to acquire high-quality science. They will also understand the lifecycle of a robotic space mission.

Partial financial support is available to a limited number of individuals to help defray the expense of travel and lodging only. Applications are to be submitted electronically by May 15, 2007. For further information and to fill out an application, visit or contact Ms. Anita M. Sohus, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, M/S 111-B29,4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109; phone 818-354-6613; e-mail [email protected]. [Source: NAI Newsletter]

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