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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.

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. Click here for more tips on finding a mentor.

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New for 2021: Students applying for JPL projects should complete a SURF@JPL application instead of a "regular" SURF application.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
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Project:  Documentation and analysis of diagenetic features in Gale crater rocks
Discipline:  Planetary Science
Mentor:  Rachel Sheppard, (JPL), Rachel.Y.Sheppard@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (626) 319-5266
Background:  Mapping of small diagenetic features (nodules, crystals, veins, etc.) along Curiositys traverse indicates at least six discrete events of late-stage aqueous activity affected the sediment of the Murray formation after initial deposition (Sun et al. 2019). This project will focus on characterizing the last ~2 years of Curiosity Mastcam and MAHLI observations to analyze the geologic features indicative of aqueous processes that occurred after the sediment was deposited. Features will be divided into representative groups, and analysis will focus on trends related to elevation, geologic setting, chemistry, and/or mineralogy, to aid in disentangling the history of water at Gale crater.
Description:  Project description:
This project will focus on characterizing and documenting geologic features likely to be caused by aqueous activity. Specific tasks will include:
Use high resolution images to identify and characterize features (nodules, dendrites, veins, etc.)
Compile detected features into a dataset of detection type, size, and elevation found
Compare the feature dataset with orbital images, orbital spectra, and Curiosity rover chemical and mineralogical data to look for trends that may inform the origin of each class of features
Student Requirements:  Suggested background:
Experience with geology, mineralogy, and/or planetary science
Experience with data analysis and/or image analysis
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: .
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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