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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2018 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Lunar Regolith Thermal Properties at Medium/High Latitudes
Discipline:  Planetary Science
Mentor:  Sylvain Piqueux, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 393-9595
Background:  Planetary surface temperatures are controlled by the physical properties of the top regolith, i.e. grain size, rock abundance, roughness, degree of cementation etc. over length scales corresponding to depth of penetration of seasonal or diurnal illumination cycles (i.e. cm to m). In addition, small scale roughness can project relatively cold shadows too small to be resolved in visible imagery, but which can be identified in thermal data and used to characterize surface roughness. Some of these shadows can be permanent and could form volatile reservoirs.
Description:  Use images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) and manipulate surface temperature data from Diviner to search for regions where micro/macro cold traps could be present.
References:  Subsurface migration of H2O at lunar cold traps, Norbert Schorghofer, G. Jeffrey Taylor, DOI: 10.1029/2006JE002779
Diviner Lunar Radiometer observations of cold traps in the Moon's south polar region, D. Paige et al., DOI: 10.1126/science.1187726

Student Requirements:  No required skills beyond basic computer skills and an ability to conduct detail-oriented work. Suggested backgrounds include: geology, planetary science, astronomy.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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