Daily Archives: July 9, 2012

Earth Science Week October 14-20, 2012 – “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences”

“Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences”

Take part in Earth Science Week 2012! Held October 14-20, ESW 2012 encourages people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences. “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences,” the theme of ESW 2012, engages young people and the public in learning how geoscientists gather and interpret data about the Earth and other planets.  http://www.earthsciweek.org/

Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory Public Lecture at Newberg, OR Library – July 18, 2012


IIIAB iron (medium octahedrite), 15.5 metric tons approximate recovered weight. Found in 1902 in what is now West Linn, Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Lake Oswego Public Library.)

The general public is invited to attend an upcoming program on meteorites in the Pacific Northwest, sponsored by the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory. The Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory is actively involved in programs geared towards educators and the public, including public lectures featuring PowerPoint presentations, and a number of meteorites that participants may examine and hold. For more information, please visit http://meteorites.pdx.edu/outreach.htm

The Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory is actively involved in programs geared towards educators and the public. These include public lectures and demonstrations, teacher workshops, classroom activities, informational material on this web site, and email and phone contacts. Each year, we speak to about 5,000 – 7,000 people through such activities. Learn more about the CML at http://meteorites.pdx.edu/

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SALMON 2 Amendment 1 – Release of Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer Instrument

With this amendment, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2) is amended to establish a new Program Element Appendix (PEA) as Appendix K, JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) instrument investigations. This PEA solicits proposals for NASA-funded instrument investigations led by a U.S. Principal Investigator for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) JUICE mission. NASA SMD has offered to collaborate in this mission, providing not more than $100M total for three types of contributions: 1) NASA-funded instrument investigations led by a U.S. PI, 2) NASA-funded instrument component(s) provided to non-U.S.-led instrument(s), and 3) NASA-funded U.S. Co-Investigators (Co-Is) on non-U.S.-led instrument(s). NASA’s entire contribution consisting of the sum of all three types of contributions shall not exceed $100M (RY) for total life cycle costs. Within this budget cap, NASA expects to fund approximately two U.S.-led instrument investigations along with a number of NASA-funded instrument components and U.S. Co-Is on non-U.S.-led instruments. This Program Element Appendix (PEA) solicits proposals for the first type of contribution (NASA-funded instrument investigations led by a U.S. PI); parties interested in the latter two types of NASA contributions should respond to the ESA Announcement of Opportunity (AO) as members of a non-U.S.-led team.

Prospective investigators from any category of organizations or institutions, U.S or non-U.S., are welcome to respond to this solicitation. Specific categories of organizations and institutions that are welcome to respond include, but are not limited to, educational, industrial, and not-for-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies.

This solicitation will be open from July 6, 2012, through September 24, 2012. Upon the release date, the full text of the AO and all appendices will be available electronically at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH12ZDA006O”). A preproposal teleconference will be held approximately 3 weeks after the release date; details will be posted at http://soma.larc.nasa.gov/juice when available.

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