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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.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

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
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Lunar water exploration
Disciplines:  Planetary Science, Computer Science
Mentor:  Seyedeh Sona Hosseini, (JPL), Sona.Hosseini@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (626) 660-5447
Mentor URL:  https://science.jpl.nasa.gov/people/Hosseini/  (opens in new window)
Background:  Studying the creation of water and its transfer in the Solar System contains information about the evolution of the Solar System and the process by which water ended up on Earth. For that reason, the majority of NASA missions are looking for water and/or ocean worlds inside and outside our Solar System. One of the approaches used to study the origin and evolution of water on Earth comes from studying spectral signatures of water, such as OH, and OD/OH ratio spectral signatures in near UV and Lyman-alpha. This presents a challenge to the observer because these spectral signatures are very faint and difficult to measure, often requiring in situ, bulky spectrometers are sent to the astronomical bodies in space by spacecraft. In our lab at JPL, we are developing a new generation of technologies that are capable of making such measurements remotely using small aperture telescopes from ultra-compact instruments. These spectrometers smaller than the size of 1 U CubeSat (10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm) but have the sensitivity of a 5-meter telescope for observing a targeted spectral signature.
Description:  We are running multiple ongoing projects considering multiple instruments to investigate lunar water and resources that require Lunar data analysis from previous lunar missions. Under this announcement of opportunity, the student(s) will develop software to participate in analyzing the lunar data given a set of requirements. Depending on the background of the student(s), they can also be involved in reviewing the mission concept requirements and operation scenario for taking the science data from the lunar surface as well as the orbit. The student(s) will be responsible for taking notes and documenting the work and progress between groups.
Student Requirements:  Astronomy
Planetary Science
Lunar science
Python programing
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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