2021 NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications Due April 1

Pasadena, California (US)
Partial financial support is avail. for a limited number of individuals when hosted in-person at JPL
Jan 05, 2021
Feb 04, 2021
Planetary Sciences
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

Now through April 1, 2021, NASA is accepting applications for its 33rd Annual Planetary Science Summer School. Offered by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, PSSS is a 3-month long early career development experience to help prepare the next generation of planetary science and engineering mission leaders. Participants learn the process of developing 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 and the trade-offs inherent in each.

Science and engineering doctoral candidates, recent PhDs, postdocs, junior faculty, and certain master’s degree students, who are U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents (and a very limited number of Foreign Nationals from non-designated counties), are eligible. There is no charge to attend, and applicants from diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals when the culminating week is hosted in-person at JPL.

Session 1: Preparatory Sessions May 24-July 30. Culminating Week at JPL August 2-6
Session 2: Preparatory Sessions May 24-August 13. Culminating Week at JPL August 16-20

Roughly equivalent in workload to a rigorous 3-hour graduate-level course, participants spend the first 10-11 weeks in preparatory webinars acting as a science mission team, prior to spending the final culminating week at JPL being mentored by JPL’s Advance Project Design Team, or “Team X” to refine their planetary science mission concept design, then present it to a mock expert review board. Typically, the culminating week is held at JPL, however for 2021 it is likely to be virtual, due to on-going COVID-19 pandemic conditions.

The deadline is April 1, 2021. To apply and learn more about the NASA Science Mission Design Schools: http://go.nasa.gov/missiondesignschools