Learn NASA Planetary Science Mission Design from the Experts
Offered by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, the NASA Planetary Science Summer School (PSSS) is a 3-month long career development experience to learn the development of a hypothesis-driven robotic space mission in a concurrent engineering environment while getting an in-depth, first-hand look at mission design, life cycle, costs, schedule & the trade-offs inherent in each.
Science & engineering doctoral candidates, recent PhDs, postdocs, certain engineering MS students, & junior faculty who are U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents (and a very limited number of Foreign Nationals from non-designated counties) are eligible. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.
With workload of a rigorous 3-hour graduate-level course, participants spend the first 10 weeks in preparatory webinars acting as a science mission team, & spend the final culminating week mentored by JPL’s Advance Project Design Team to refine their planetary science mission concept design & present it to a mock expert review board. The culminating week is typically at JPL, however in 2021 it is likely to be virtual due to Covid-19 pandemic conditions.