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2022 NASA Planetary Science Summer School

February 10, 2022

Applications are due on March 30, 2022

Offered by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, 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 inherent trade-offs.

Engineering students close to completion of their MS degree, science & engineering doctoral candidates, recent PhDs, postdocs, & 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- we highly value diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Session 1: May 9-Aug 5

Session 2: May 23-Aug 19

With workload of a rigorous 3-hour graduate-level course, participants act as a planetary science mission team during the first 12 weeks of preparatory webinars, with the final culminating week mentored by JPL’s Advance Project Design Team for refining the mission concept design & presenting it to a mock expert review board.  The culminating week is typically at JPL, but in 2022 it is likely virtual due to Covid-19 pandemic concerns.

Register here for a PSSS Application Q&A Webinar on March 1, 2022 from 3-4 pm Pacific Time.

For more information and to apply, visit

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