54th DPS Meeting


DPS 2022
54th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences
London, Ontario & Virtually Anywhere
2 – 7 October 2022

Sunday, 2 October

Solar System Science Data Analysis and Cycle 2 Proposals with JWST, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

In late 2021, scientific innovation took the next step on the journey into space. The James Webb Space Telescope (sometimes called JWST or Webb) was launched into space on an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana on Christmas Day (25 December 2021). JWST has unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution, and will be the premier space-based facility for near- and mid-infrared astronomy (0.6-28.5 micron) for the next decade or more. The 6.5-meter telescope is equipped with four state-of-the-art instruments which include imaging, spectroscopy, and coronagraphy. These instruments, along with the telescopes moving target capabilities, have begun to return amazing spectra and images of our Solar System, some of which are now accessible for the broader scientific community.  

The second call for General Observer (GO) proposals will be released in November 2022, with a submission deadline in January 2023.  

In this workshop, we will provide a brief status update on the observatory, performance and capabilities and highlight early science observations now available for JWST. After a tutorial on how to access these data and an overview of the data analysis tools, we will give a detailed orientation to the proposal planning system. This will include demonstrations of the Astronomers Proposal Tool (APT) and the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC) relevant for Solar System proposals.    

JWST is an international collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

Sunday, 2 October

Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join this conversation on engaging culturally diverse audiences with your outreach activities. During the workshop, participants will work with colleagues to examine issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. Participants will discuss ways to engage culturally diverse youth and families in their communities in planetary science and exploration. Participants come away with actionable strategies and hands-on planetary engagement activities.  The Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement workshop will be facilitated by members of the Planetary Resources and Content Heroes (ReaCH) project.

ReaCH is funded through the NASA Science Mission Directorate Science Activation program.