Participants in JPL's Planetary Science Summer Seminar do calculations


Application Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2018


NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Target Audience:

Doctoral students and postdocs


The JPL Planetary Science Summer Seminar is an intensive one-week workshop for doctoral students and postdocs who are interested in a career in planetary exploration to learn the process of developing a robotic space mission through concurrent engineering.

In one week, participants will be challenged to develop an early mission concept study based on a typical NASA Science Mission Directorate "announcement of opportunity." Team members will assume roles including principal investigator, project manager, and mission and system designers, and partner with JPL's Advanced Projects Design Team, Team X, to prepare a presentation for a proposal authorization review board. Prior to the week-long session, a series of reading assignments and webinars will help participants develop a good understanding of top-level science requirements and instrument priorities.

This workshop is designed to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers to participate in space missions of the future by providing an in-depth, first-hand look at mission design, lifecycle, cost, schedule, and the trade-offs inherent in each.

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