SETI Institute Projects and Programs (Listed Chronologically)

Orbital Evolution and Stability of the Inner Uranian Moons

Thursday, November 06 2014 - 9:02 am, PST
Orbital Evolution and Stability of the Inner Uranian Moons

New Horizons Mission Planning Support: A Deep Search for Faint Rings of Pluto

Thursday, November 06 2014 - 9:01 am, PST
New Horizons Mission Planning Support: A Deep Search for Faint Rings of Pluto

Preserving Voyager's Legacy: Image Calibration and Geometry Reconstruction

Thursday, November 06 2014 - 8:59 am, PST
The Voyager flybys remain our best source of data for the Uranus and Neptune systems, and provide key reference points for continuing studies of Jupiter and Saturn. However, because the Voyager mission pre-dates NASA's focus on archiving, the data sets remain difficult to use. We propose to modernize the Voyager data sets by (a) producing calibrated and geometrically corrected versions of all the images; (b) generating accurate, continuous "C kernels" describing the pointing of the instruments during each Voyager flyby; and (c) using this information to generate detailed geometric indices describing the contents of the Voyager images and spectra. The resulting volumes of derived products will be delivered to the Planetary Data System. This work will ensure that the Voyager data sets remain easily usable by the scientific community for many decades to come.

Orbital Evolution and Stability of the Inner Uranian Moons

Thursday, November 06 2014 - 8:57 am, PST
Orbital Evolution and Stability of the Inner Uranian Moons

Big Picture Science Radio Show

Wednesday, November 05 2014 - 9:38 pm, PST
Monies from the grant will be used to augment the “on-site” feel and appeal of our programming in several ways.

Astrobiology Education and Outreach Projects at the SETI Institute

Wednesday, November 05 2014 - 9:34 pm, PST
A proposal seeking funding for the continued production of one-hour science radio show, travel expenses for guests, and the development of a database on societal impacts of astrobiology.

Development of an Elemental Micro-Mapping Instrument Concept

Wednesday, November 05 2014 - 9:29 pm, PST
A proof-of-concept X-ray µ-Mapping Spectrometer was assembled with commercial components. The system is considered to be ~TRL 2.

Support for the CheMin mineralogical instrument during the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL'11) mission: Experiment planning, data analysis and mission operations

Wednesday, November 05 2014 - 9:23 pm, PST
This proposal is to support Dr. Philippe Sarrazin’s activities as Co-I of the CheMin mineralogical instrument that is part of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover Curiosity, during its one Mars year mission on the Mars surface. Dr. Sarrazin was a named Co-I on the original CheMin instrument proposal submitted to the MSL mission announcement of opportunity and his inclusion was validated at that time by Dr. Michael Meyer, Mars Program Scientist at NASA Headquarters. In the interval between CheMin’s selection as an MSL payload element and the launch of the MSL (Phases A-D of the instrument project), Dr. Sarrazin was supported through contracts administered directly from the Mars Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During Phase E of the instrument project (Mission Operations), Dr. Sarrazin’s activities will be supported through the Coop agreement described herein, administered through Ames Research Center. The duties and obligations of CheMin Co-I’s are delineated in the CheMin Experiment Operations Plan (JPL D-36918) “CheMin EOP” or “EOP” and publications listed therein. Funding for Dr. Sarrazin for the duration of Phase E, which is detailed in the CheMin EOP, has been validated by the Mars Program Office and by Dr. Michael Meyer, Mars Program Scientist at NASA Headquarters.

Hybrid powder / single-crystal X-ray diffraction instrument for planetary mineralogical analysis of unprepared samples

Wednesday, November 05 2014 - 9:18 pm, PST
We are developing a new type of X-ray diffraction (XRD) / X-ray fluorescence (XRF) planetary instrument based on a hybrid concept that allows performing both powder XRD and single crystal XRD. The main benefit of this hybrid concept is the possibility to analyze minerals with limited or no sample preparation.

Uniform Modeling of Kepler Objects of Interest

Wednesday, November 05 2014 - 9:15 pm, PST
The central objective of this proposal is perform uniform state-of-the-art lightcurve modeling with Kepler's list of planetary candidates (Kepler Objects of Interest or KOIs) using tested and validated algorithms. This process includes modeling of planetary transits, phase curves and providing orbital solutions. We will use Kepler-photometry and other groundbased observables to determine key planetary parameters such as the radius and mass. More importantly, we will also determine posterior probability distributions for the fitted parameters by employing state-of-the-art Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms.

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