Announcing the Third Hands-on Training in
Handling and Manipulation of
Small Extraterrestrial Samples!
Training 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 16–17, 2018.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants must be at JSC for badging by 12:00 p.m. October 15.
|July 30, 2018
|August 15, 2018
|October 15, 2018
|October 16–17, 2018
Day 1: NASA JSC lab training
Day 2: LPI classroom training
- U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Citizens of U.S. State Department Designated Countries (see link under "ECP Notices" at http://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/nasaecp/) are not 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.
Travel support may be available for early-career researchers with a demonstrated need.Background
Many current and future extraterrestrial sample collections do and will consist of 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 15 - afternoon||Participants arrive in Houston and obtain one-day badges at JSC security, Bldg. 110|
|October 16||Day 1: Hands-on Lab Training at JSC|
|8:30 a.m.||Convene at JSC, Bldg. 31 conference room|
|Dinner||Informal group dinner|
|October 17||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/LPI Houston building and facilities; Conclusion and departures for airports|