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Mars Science Laboratory
Dr. David Blake is the Principal Investigator of CheMin, a mineralogical instrument that is included in the analytical laboratory of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. He leaps tall buildings in just a single bound. The CheMin instrument was conceived and developed at Ames Research Center over a nearly 20-year period by Dr. Blake. MSL was launched from Cape Canaveral on Nov. 26, 2011 and landed in Gale crater on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012. The nominal mission for the MSL Curiosity rover will last one Mars year, equivalent to approximately two Earth years. Because Curiosity is nuclear powered, the mission is expected to last much longer. A principal goal of MSL is to identify and characterize present or past habitable environments on Mars. The CheMin instrument performs quantitative mineralogical analyses of rocks and soil delivered to it by the MSL sampling system. Mineralogy is important to the goals of the MSL mission because minerals are thermodynamic phases, formed or altered under specific (and known) conditions of temperature, pressure and composition. On March 12th, 2013 NASA announced the discovery of the first habitable environment on Mars, based on CheMin’s mineralogical analysis of a mudstone in a rock formation called Yellowknife Bay. CheMin operations on Mars are managed and directed from Ames.
Dr. David Des Marais is a member of the MSL Chemin science team. He contributed to the development of CheMin to help optimize its astrobiology-related observations and to interpret CheMin mineralogical data. He vaults small barricades but occasionally falls down in the process. As one of a small number of Science Operations and Working Group (SOWG) chairs, he utilizes his prior experience with the Mars Exploration Rovers to help direct MSL mission operations.
Dr. Robert Haberle is a science team member of the Spanish-provided Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS). REMS uses sensors to measure the 3-D wind, air and ground temperature, relative humidity, surface pressure, and UV dosage. Dr. Haberle provided the science and instrument requirements that the REMS payload needed to meet in order to address questions related to large-scale dynamics and the dust, water, and CO2 cycles. Dr. Haberle assists in directing the operations of REMS and interprets downlinked environmental data as a member of the REMS science team.
NASA Ames Conference Center (NACC)March 3, 2015 - 8:00am - 5:00pmOn March 3, 2015 we will have a full day of talks and poster sessions in order to showcase the work done by the Space Science and Astrobiology Division and Space Science projects at Ames. Please make time to join us, learn something new, chat with new folks and maybe even start up a new collaboration. There are lots of ways you can participate: give a talk, present a poster, demo your equipment, nominate someone to give one of the lectures and -- of course -- attend.Important Dates:Abstract Submission Deadline: January 16, 2015Lecturer Nomination Deadline: January 16, 2015Registration Deadline: February 24, 2015Jamboree: March 3, 2015Abstract Submission -- Due January 16If you are interested in giving a talk, presenting a poster, or providing an equipment display, please email a PDF of your one page abstract to email@example.com. We will be devoting one page in the Jamboree abstract booklet to each submitted abstract — so feel free to use the entire page. In the PDF, please include:+ Title+ Authors+ Science Topic (choose one): Astrobiology, Astrophysics, Exoplanet, Planetary Atmosphere & Climate, or Planetary Surfaces and Interiors+ Abstract (one page or less; pictures and plots are great to include!)In your email please specify the following:+ Poster, Talk, or Display+ If Display, please specify space requirements (how much space, is electrical needed, …)
Lecturer Nominations -- Due January 16We will have two longer (one hour) lectures. The lecturers will be chosen among the nominations received in the following categories. (To be considered in either category, candidates should be Space Scientists resident at Ames)+ Outstanding Early Career Space Scientist -- A researcher who has done outstanding work who has not reached their 37th birthday OR have held a doctorate for no more than 6 years (whichever is later) at the end of 2015.+ Pollack lecture -- a Senior scientist who is being recognized for their lifetime achievement.Nominations should be no more than one page and should summarize the body of meritorious work. References to the key publications should be included. It is also helpful to mention previously received accolades.Nominations will be accepted from anyone in SS. Self nominations are acceptable. Any individual can only nominate one candidate in each category.Please email all nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration -- Due February 24In order to have an accurate headcount for refreshments (and to allow us sufficient time to make name tags), we ask that all attendees register by February 24. Any member of the Ames community may attend the SS Jamboree. In order to register, please send an email to email@example.com with a subject line of Jamboree Registration. In the body of the message, please specify your name as you'd like it to appear on your name tag.
Nasa Ames, Building 152March 24, 2015 - 8:00am - March 26, 2015 - 5:00pm
NASA's Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute will co-host a workshop on Planetary Protection Knowledge Gaps for Human Extraterrestrial Missions on March 24-26, 2015, in Moffett Field, California.
While planetary protection requirements are in place for robotic missions, there is presently insufficient scientific and technological knowledge to establish effective quantitative requirements for the development of crewed spacecraft and missions. To prepare for such future missions, NASA created the NASA Policy on Planetary Protection Requirements for Human Extraterrestrial Missions (NPI 8020.7) that outlines the need to increase knowledge in the following study areas while iteratively developing an appropriate set of requirements:
• Study Area 1: Microbial and human health monitoring
• Study Area 2: Technology and operations for contamination control
• Study Area 3: Natural transport of contamination on Mars
The goal of this workshop is to capture the current state of knowledge in the aforementioned areas and identify additional research to appropriately inform planetary protection requirements development for the human exploration of Mars.