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Computer and Music

July 13th, 2016

The JPL Library ebook collection contains some surprising titles. Did you know that there are many research and study connecting music, computer science and technology on various applications. Following is a sample list.

All ebooks can be accessed and downloaded from within the JPL network. Our licenses with the publishers prevent further re-distribution, so if you would like to recommend your colleagues to read any of the ebooks, please ask them to download a copy themselves. For questions and comments, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at library@jpl.nasa.gov, ext 4-4200, or leave a comment here.

Internet of Things, A Short List of eBooks

July 13th, 2016

Here is an updated list of electronic books on the “Internet of Things” and “ubiquitous computing” from the JPL Library.  All books are available within the JPL network; they can be downloaded to laptop or desktop computers, then moved to mobile devices.

JPL Library provides access to thousands of electronic books. They can be downloaded and read on multiple devices, but they can not be redistributed to other non-JPL staff.  For more comments or questions regarding electronic books at JPL Library, please contact the Reference Desk at library@jpl.nasa.gov, or call extension 4-4200.

July 1- August 15, Trial Access to Scopus and SciVal

July 7th, 2016

The JPL Library is evaluating the usefulness of Scopus and SciVal between July 1st and August 15 2016. We would like to have as many JPLers as possible try it and let us know your thoughts about these analytical services.

What are Scopus and SciVal?

  • Scopus is a very large reference and abstract database for peer-reviewed and academic literature in all disciplines, from science, engineering, medicine, to social sciences and humanities. It also features several smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize scholarly research. It is a major competitor to Web of Science.
  • SciVal
    Based on the records in Scopus and analytics technology, SciVal provides overviews of research output at the institution level, allows for benchmarking with other organizations, helps in identifying collaboration partners, and analyzes research trends with citation and usage data.

Getting started:

  • Click Here to access Scopus and SciVal from within the JPL Network. (NOTE: You can also search remotely if you are connected via Pulse Secure!)
  • Introductory video and help resources: click Here to see a short video and other documentation.

A few quick notes:

  • To use the personalization features such as Alerts, MyList, and access SciVal, set up a userid and password. Otherwise, you can search the database without a userid.
  • You can download records and abstracts during the trial period.
  • Links to full text articles are NOT implemented during the trial period.

Questions and comments about Scopus and SciVal, please send to library@jpl.nasa.gov

There are a few questions we would especially like you to answer! Please take a few minutes to answer via this anonymous Survey. Thank you!

 

Selected Publications by Dr. Michael M. Watkins, JPL Director

July 1st, 2016

Following is a list of publications by Dr. Michael Watkins, the new JPL Director. Links to full text of the more recent papers are provided, click on the underlined title of the papers to read the articles.

Landerer, F. W.; Wiese, D. N.; Bentel, K.; Boening, C.; Watkins, M. M., North Atlantic meridional overturning circulation variations from GRACE ocean bottom pressure anomalies. Geophysical Research Letters 2015, 42 (19), 8114-8121.

Park, R. S.; Bills, B.; Buffington, B. B.; Folkner, W. M.; Konopliv, A. S.; Martin-Mur, T. J.; Mastrodemos, N.; McElrath, T. P.; Riedel, J. E.; Watkins, M. M., Improved detection of tides at Europa with radiometric and optical tracking during flybys. Planetary and Space Science 2015, 112, 10-14.

Watkins, M. M.; Wiese, D. N.; Yuan, D. N.; Boening, C.; Landerer, F. W., Improved methods for observing Earth’s time variable mass distribution with GRACE using spherical cap mascons. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 2015, 120 (4), 2648-2671.

Konopliv, A. S.; Park, R. S.; Yuan, D. N.; Asmar, S. W.; Watkins, M. M.; Williams, J. G.; Fahnestock, E.; Kruizinga, G.; Paik, M.; Strekalov, D.; Harvey, N.; Smith, D. E.; Zuber, M. T., High-resolution lunar gravity fields from the GRAIL Primary and Extended Missions. Geophysical Research Letters 2014, 41 (5), 1452-1458.

Williams, J. G.; Konopliv, A. S.; Boggs, D. H.; Park, R. S.; Yuan, D. N.; Lemoine, F. G.; Goossens, S.; Mazarico, E.; Nimmo, F.; Weber, R. C.; Asmar, S. W.; Melosh, H. J.; Neumann, G. A.; Phillips, R. J.; Smith, D. E.; Solomon, S. C.; Watkins, M. M.; Wieczorek, M. A.; Andrews-Hanna, J. C.; Head, J. W.; Kiefer, W. S.; Matsuyama, I.; McGovern, P. J.; Taylor, G. J.; Zuber, M. T., Lunar interior properties from the GRAIL mission. Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets 2014, 119 (7), 1546-1578.

Asmar, S. W.; Konopliv, A. S.; Watkins, M. M.; Williams, J. G.; Park, R. S.; Kruizinga, G.; Paik, M.; Yuan, D. N.; Fahnestock, E.; Strekalov, D.; Harvey, N.; Lu, W. W.; Kahan, D.; Oudrhiri, K.; Smith, D. E.; Zuber, M. T., The Scientific Measurement System of the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) Mission. Space Science Reviews 2013, 178 (1), 25-55.

Konopliv, A. S.; Park, R. S.; Yuan, D. N.; Asmar, S. W.; Watkins, M. M.; Williams, J. G.; Fahnestock, E.; Kruizinga, G.; Paik, M.; Strekalov, D.; Harvey, N.; Smith, D. E.; Zuber, M. T., The JPL lunar gravity field to spherical harmonic degree 660 from the GRAIL Primary Mission. Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets 2013, 118 (7), 1415-1434.

Wieczorek, M. A.; Neumann, G. A.; Nimmo, F.; Kiefer, W. S.; Taylor, G. J.; Melosh, H. J.; Phillips, R. J.; Solomon, S. C.; Andrews-Hanna, J. C.; Asmar, S. W.; Konopliv, A. S.; Lemoine, F. G.; Smith, D. E.; Watkins, M. M.; Williams, J. G.; Zuber, M. T., The Crust of the Moon as Seen by GRAIL. Science 2013, 339 (6120), 671-675.

Zuber, M. T.; Smith, D. E.; Watkins, M. M.; Asmar, S. W.; Konopliv, A. S.; Lemoine, F. G.; Melosh, H. J.; Neumann, G. A.; Phillips, R. J.; Solomon, S. C.; Wieczorek, M. A.; Williams, J. G.; Goossens, S. J.; Kruizinga, G.; Mazarico, E.; Park, R. S.; Yuan, D. N., Gravity Field of the Moon from the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) Mission. Science 2013, 339 (6120), 668-671.

Zuber, M. T.; Smith, D. E.; Lehman, D. H.; Hoffman, T. L.; Asmar, S. W.; Watkins, M. M., Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL): Mapping the Lunar Interior from Crust to Core. Space Science Reviews 2013, 178 (1), 3-24.

Park, R. S.; Asmar, S. W.; Fahnestock, E. G.; Konopliv, A. S.; Lu, W. W.; Watkins, M. M., Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory Simulations of Static and Temporal Gravity Field. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 2012, 49 (2), 390-400.

Grant, J. A.; Golombek, M. P.; Grotzinger, J. P.; Wilson, S. A.; Watkins, M. M.; Vasavada, A. R.; Griffes, J. L.; Parker, T. J., The science process for selecting the landing site for the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory. Planetary and Space Science 2011, 59 (11-12), 1114-1127.

Ivins, E. R.; Watkins, M. M.; Yuan, D. N.; Dietrich, R.; Casassa, G.; Rulke, A., On-land ice loss and glacial isostatic adjustment at the Drake Passage: 2003-2009. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 2011, 116.

Tapley, B. D.; Bettadpur, S.; Ries, J. C.; Thompson, P. F.; Watkins, M. M., GRACE measurements of mass variability in the Earth system. Science 2004, 305 (5683), 503-505.

Wu, X. P.; Watkins, M. M.; Ivins, E. R.; Kwok, R.; Wang, P.; Wahr, J. M., Toward global inverse solutions for current and past ice mass variations: Contribution of secular satellite gravity and topography change measurements. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 2002, 107 (B11).

Yunck, T. P.; Hajj, G. A.; Kursinski, E. R.; LaBrecque, J. A.; Lowe, S. T.; Watkins, M. M.; McCormick, C., AMORE: An autonomous constellation concept for atmospheric and ocean observation. Acta Astronautica 2000, 46 (2-6), 355-364.

Argus, D. F.; Heflin, M. B.; Donnellan, A.; Webb, F. H.; Dong, D.; Hurst, K. S.; Jefferson, D. C.; Lyzenga, G. A.; Watkins, M. M.; Zumberge, J. F., Shortening and thickening of metropolitan Los Angeles measured and inferred by using geodesy. Geology 1999, 27 (8), 703-706.

Argus, D. F.; Peltier, W. R.; Watkins, M. M., Glacial isostatic adjustment observed using very long baseline interferometry and satellite laser ranging geodesy. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 1999, 104 (B12), 29077-29093.

Watkins, M. M.; Eanes, R. J., Observations of tidally coherent diurnal and semidiurnal variations in the geocenter. Geophysical Research Letters 1997, 24 (17), 2231-2234.

Zumberge, J. F.; Heflin, M. B.; Jefferson, D. C.; Watkins, M. M.; Webb, F. H., Precise point positioning for the efficient and robust analysis of GPS data from large networks. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 1997, 102 (B3), 5005-5017.

Kuang, D.; Schutz, B. E.; Watkins, M. M., On the structure of geometric positioning information in GPS measurements. Journal of Geodesy 1996, 71 (1), 35-43.

Tapley, B. D.; Watkins, M. M.; Ries, J. C.; Davis, G. W.; Eanes, R. J.; Poole, S. R.; Rim, H. J.; Schutz, B. E.; Shum, C. K.; Nerem, R. S.; Lerch, F. J.; Marshall, J. A.; Klosko, S. M.; Pavlis, N. K.; Williamson, R. G., The joint gravity model 3. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 1996, 101 (B12), 28029-28049.

Bertiger, W. I.; Barsever, Y. E.; Christensen, E. J.; Davis, E. S.; Guinn, J. R.; Haines, B. J.; Ibanezmeier, R. W.; Jee, J. R.; Lichten, S. M.; Melbourne, W. G.; Muellerschoen, R. J.; Munson, T. N.; Vigue, Y.; Wu, S. C.; Yunck, T. P.; Schutz, B. E.; Abusali, P. A. M.; Rim, H. J.; Watkins, M. M.; Willis, P., GPS PRECISE TRACKING OF TOPEX/POSEIDON – RESULTS AND IMPLICATIONS. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans 1994, 99 (C12), 24449-24464.

Nerem, R. S.; Lerch, F. J.; Marshall, J. A.; Pavlis, E. C.; Putney, B. H.; Tapley, B. D.; Eanes, R. J.; Ries, J. C.; Schutz, B. E.; Shum, C. K.; Watkins, M. M.; Klosko, S. M.; Chan, J. C.; Luthcke, S. B.; Patel, G. B.; Pavlis, N. K.; Walliamson, R. G.; Rapp, R. H.; Biancale, R.; Nouel, F., GRAVITY MODEL DEVELOPMENT FOR TOPEX/POSEIDON – JOINT GRAVITY MODEL-1 AND MODEL-2. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans 1994, 99 (C12), 24421-24447.

Tapley, B. D.; Ries, J. C.; Davis, G. W.; Eanes, R. J.; Schutz, B. E.; Shum, C. K.; Watkins, M. M.; Marshall, J. A.; Nerem, R. S.; Putney, B. H.; Klosko, S. M.; Luthcke, S. B.; Pavlis, D.; Williamson, R. G.; Zelensky, N. P., PRECISION ORBIT DETERMINATION FOR TOPEX/POSEIDON. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans 1994, 99 (C12), 24383-24404.

Watkins, M. M.; Eanes, R. J., DIURNAL AND SEMIDIURNAL VARIATIONS IN EARTH ORIENTATION DETERMINED FROM LAGEOS LASER RANGING. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 1994, 99 (B9), 18073-18079.

Watkins, M. M.; Eanes, R. J.; Ma, C., COMPARISON OF TERRESTRIAL REFERENCE FRAME VELOCITIES DETERMINED FROM SLR AND VLBI. Geophysical Research Letters 1994, 21 (3), 169-172.

Watkins, M. M.; Eanes, R. J., LONG-TERM CHANGES IN THE EARTHS SHAPE, ROTATION, AND GEOCENTER. Advances in Space Research 1993, 13 (11), 251-255.

Ries, J. C.; Eanes, R. J.; Shum, C. K.; Watkins, M. M., PROGRESS IN THE DETERMINATION OF THE GRAVITATIONAL COEFFICIENT OF THE EARTH. Geophysical Research Letters 1992, 19 (6), 529-531.

Watkins, M. M.; Ries, J. C.; Davis, G. W., ABSOLUTE POSITIONING USING DORIS TRACKING OF THE SPOT-2 SATELLITE. Geophysical Research Letters 1992, 19 (20), 2039-2042.

Colombo, O. L.; Watkins, M. M., SATELLITE POSITIONING. Reviews of Geophysics 1991, 29, 138-147.

Lundberg, J. B.; Schutz, B. E.; Fields, R. K.; Watkins, M. M., APPLICATION OF ENCKE METHOD TO LONG ARC ORBIT DETERMINATION SOLUTIONS. Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics 1991, 14 (3), 683-686.

Ray, J. R.; Ma, C.; Ryan, J. W.; Clark, T. A.; Eanes, R. J.; Watkins, M. M.; Schutz, B. E.; Tapley, B. D., COMPARISON OF VLBI AND SLR GEOCENTRIC SITE COORDINATES. Geophysical Research Letters 1991, 18 (2), 231-234.

Ries, J. C.; Huang, C.; Watkins, M. M.; Tapley, B. D., ORBIT DETERMINATION IN THE RELATIVISTIC GEOCENTRIC REFERENCE FRAME. Journal of the Astronautical Sciences 1991, 39 (2), 173-181.

Huang, C.; Ries, J. C.; Tapley, B. D.; Watkins, M. M., RELATIVISTIC EFFECTS FOR NEAR-EARTH SATELLITE ORBIT DETERMINATION. Celestial Mechanics & Dynamical Astronomy 1990, 48 (2), 167-185.

Ries, J. C.; Eanes, R. J.; Huang, C.; Schutz, B. E.; Shum, C. K.; Tapley, B. D.; Watkins, M. M.; Yuan, D. N., DETERMINATION OF THE GRAVITATIONAL COEFFICIENT OF THE EARTH FROM NEAR-EARTH SATELLITES. Geophysical Research Letters 1989, 16 (4), 271-274.

Stolz, A.; Vincent, M. A.; Bender, P. L.; Eanes, R. J.; Watkins, M. M.; Tapley, B. D., RATE OF CHANGE OF THE QUINCY-MONUMENT PEAK BASELINE FROM A TRANSLOCATION ANALYSIS OF LAGEOS LASER RANGE DATA. Geophysical Research Letters 1989, 16 (6), 539-542.

Ries, J. C.; Huang, C.; Watkins, M. M., EFFECT OF GENERAL-RELATIVITY ON A NEAR-EARTH SATELLITE IN THE GEOCENTRIC AND BARYCENTRIC REFERENCE FRAMES. Physical Review Letters 1988, 61 (8), 903-906.

 


July 13, 12:00-1:00, Summer Movie: The Footsteps of Voyager

June 29th, 2016

The Footsteps of Voyager

The introduction of the Space Shuttles in the 1980s began a new era in America’s space program. At the same time, the legendary Voyager 2 was in the midst of its triumphant Grand Tour of the giant outer planets. Drawing on rare film footage and the memories of the engineers and scientists who were there, this 60-minute film brings alive the dramatic experiences of these first-ever encounters at Uranus and Neptune. As scientist Car Sagan declares in the film, those who designed, built and operate Voyager are “heroes of human accomplishment. Their deeds will be remembered in the history book.” And in this remarkable documentary.

 

 

July 6, 12:00-1:30, Summer Movie: The Stuff of Dreams

June 20th, 2016

The Stuff of Dreams

In late 2013, JPL’s Voyager 1 spacecraft reached the space between the stars—the first time a human-made object has ever gone beyond the breath of our sun’s wind. What is more is that, this is not the first “first” record that Voyager has made. Since their commencement in 1977, the twin Voyager spacecraft have made numerous “firsts”. However, what isn’t widely known is that the project almost never got off the ground.

Written, produced and directed by Blaine Baggett, JPL’s Director for Communications and Education, “The Stuff of Dreams” describes the challenges mission managers and the lab had to face developing and launching the twin Voyager spacecraft and operating them during the encounters with Jupiter and Saturn. Through first-hand accounts of those who were there, the film shows how the mission and JPL survived times of uncertainty and debate about the future of the U.S. space program and managed to fly the smartest robots of that age on the most ambitious planetary tour ever designed.

June 29, 12:00-1:30, Summer Movie: The Changing Face of Mars

June 20th, 2016

The JPL Library and Archives is screening a series of videos at the Hub during lunch time this Summer.   Beat the heat, bring your lunch, come to the Hub, and enjoy!

On June 29, we are showing “The Changing Face of Mars”.

The Changing Face of Mars

Of all the planets in our solar system, Mars has always held the most fascination. — This is the story of the first pioneering missions to reach Mars and how each encounter resulted in surprise, dismay or delight for those who first took us there.

Since the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mariner 4 first visited the Red Planet in 1964, 38 more hopeful explorers around the world have been tasked with investigating Mars and challenging our beliefs about the mysterious planet. Only 15 of these missions have been successful, yet their findings have drastically altered our view of Mars.

This JPL – produced, 90-minute documentary is told through a mix of archival footage and interviews with the scientists and engineers who pioneered Mars exploration. It serves as the fourth installment of the Beginnings of the Space Age documentary series chronicling the evolution of space exploration since the first rockets were launched into space.

For more information about the movie and other Library and  Archives resources and services, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200,  email library@jpl.nasa.gov., or leave a comment here.

June 22, 12:00-1:00, Summer Movie: Destination Moon

June 16th, 2016

Destination Moon

“Destination Moon” is the third in the trio of documentaries about the beginnings of the space age. It documents JPL’s ambitious plan to beat the Soviet Union in robotic space exploration by reaching not only for the moon, but also Earth’s neighboring planets Venus and Mars. But as the hour-long episode documents, JPL would be humbled by a series of failures in attempting to merely hit the moon, let alone visit other planets. “We didn’t know what we were doing,” one veteran JPL engineer confides, “and there was no one around to tell us.” This film shows how JPL did learn to go to the moon and to Venus, bestowing on the United States as a true “First in Space.”

For more information about the movie and other Library and  Archives resources and services, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200,  email library@jpl.nasa.gov., or leave a comment here.