The 35th Annual NASA Planetary Science Summer School in Mission Design

By Keith Cowing
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February 15, 2023
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The 35th Annual NASA Planetary Science Summer School in Mission Design
More than 30 JPL interns brought their expertise to one of just 12 teams chosen to compete in the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. Among them, were (clockwise from top left): Sammi Lei, David Fan, Sung Kim, and Muhammad Fadhil Ginting (front row, left in group photo). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech | + Expand image

Applications close Tuesday, March 28 | School begins May 11th and May 25th (two sessions)

In NASA Science Mission Design Schools, you will learn the development of a hypothesis-driven robotic space mission in a concurrent engineering environment. Get an in-depth, first-hand look at mission design, life cycle, costs, schedule & inherent trade-offs.

To broaden your understanding, you are encouraged to take on science and engineering roles outside your normal area of expertise. With workload of a rigorous 3-credit graduate level course, you will act as a science mission team during the first 10 weeks of preparatory webinars, then spend the culminating week mentored by JPL’s Advance Project Design “Team X” to refine the mission concept design & present it to a mock NASA expert review board.

Two sessions will be held, with session #1 taking place from May 11th – August 4th and session #2 taking place May 25th – August 18th.

Host group contact: [email protected]


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