Announcing the Second Hands-on Training in Handling and Manipulation of Small Extraterrestrial Samples!
Meeting Location and Date
Hands-on Training: Handling and Manipulation of Small Extraterrestrial Samples is a two-day training session that will be held at NASA Johnson Space Center (lab training) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (classroom training) in Houston, Texas on October 31–November 1, 2017.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All participants must arrive by 12:00 p.m. October 30 in order to obtain JSC badging that afternoon.
|August 18, 2017
|September 1, 2017
|October 30, 2017
|October 31 – November 1, 2017
Day 1: NASA JSC lab training
Day 2: LPI classroom training
- U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or citizens of any country with a current U.S.-approved travel visa are eligible.
- Hands-on lab training limited to 4–6 participants to ensure personalized attention in a small group setting.
- Priority consideration will be given to candidates with demonstrated need and strong likelihood of applying new knowledge and skills.
- Candidates must use the online application form to apply.
- Apollo and some Luna samples of the Moon
- Hayabusa asteroid particles
- Cosmic dust collected in the stratosphere
- Comet and interstellar samples returned by the Stardust mission
- Samples of solar wind returned by the Genesis mission
- Space-exposed hardware with micrometeorite impacts
- Meteorites collected in Antarctica by the ANSMET expeditions
Travel support may be available for early-career researchers with a demonstrated need.Background
Many current and future extraterrestrial samples do and will consist of very small particles — less than 100 micrometers across — and these can be challenging to work with. Such samples include Earth-collected cosmic dust, returned comet and interstellar samples from Stardust; and returned asteroid samples from the Hayabusa and OSIRIS-REx missions. In this training, the attendees will receive hands-on training in manipulation and micromanipulation of comparable small samples, learning from the experts at the Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation and Astromaterials Research Offices of the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division, Johnson Space Center (JSC).Purpose
ARES/JSC and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) will share this expertise with the planetary science community via these training sessions to stimulate innovative investigations of the invaluable collections of extraterrestrial materials curated by ARES/JSC.Collections curated at ARES include:
|October 30 - afternoon||Participants arrive in Houston and obtain one-day badges at JSC security, Bldg. 110|
|October 31||Day 1: Hands-on Lab Training at JSC|
|8:30 a.m.||Convene at JSC, Bldg. 31 conference room|
|Dinner||Informal group dinner|
|November 1||Day 2: Classroom training at the LPI|
|8:30 a.m.||Convene at the Lunar and Planetary Institute|
|Morning session||What's available? The new Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Curation website; Writing a successful request for Sample; Security for NASA-curated extraterrestrial samples|
|Afternoon session||Assisted practicum in sample selection and proposal writing; Discussion; Evaluation|
|2:30 p.m.||Short tour of USRA Houston building and facilities; Conclusion and departures for airports|
To apply to participate in the training on Handling and Manipulation of Small Extraterrestrial Samples, please fill out the following enquiry boxes, indicate that you are not a mindless robot, and click 'Submit.'