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Ebooks on Augmented and Virtual Realities

May 3rd, 2016

Following are electronic books on augmented and virtual realities from JPL Library’s collection.

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.

Selected Publications by Michael M. Watkins, Next JPL Director

May 2nd, 2016

Following is a list of publications by Dr. Michael Watkins, the next JPL Director, starting July 1, 2016. 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.

 


ASME Digital Collection: Trial Access

April 4th, 2016

During the month of April, JPL Library has a trial access to the Digital Collection from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This is a great opportunity for not only mechanical engineers, but everyone at JPL to take a look at the content provided by ASME, and see how it fit with our work.

Click here to access the ASME Digital Collection.

There are three main sections within the Digital Colleciton:

Your feedback and comments are important in determining which resources we would continue to provide after the trial period. Please send your comments to library@jpl.nasa.gov with a subject “ASME Digital Collection.”  Or you can leave your comments here below.

The Many Faces of Geometry

March 11th, 2016

Here is a sampling of books on geometry from JPL Library’s electronic book collection.

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.

June 17, 2:00-4:00, "Rise of the Rocket Girls," Nathalia Holt

June 3rd, 2016

‘Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars’

Author Nathalia Holt will discuss her book about JPL’s “human computers” of the 1940s and ’50s in a talk Friday, June 17 at 11:30 a.m. at Pickering Auditorium. Holt will be accompanied by some of the women she talks about in the book. The talk will be followed by a “Meet and Greet the Author” at 2 p.m. at the Hub (111-104). A limited number of copies of the book may be purchased from the JPL Store, or you can bring your own copy in for her to sign.

The book is the riveting true story of the women who launched America into space and is a New York Times bestseller. In the 1940s and ’50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn’t turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible. For the first time, Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women–known as “human computers”–who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team, the book offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we’ve been, and the far reaches of space to which we’re heading.

This event is sponsored by the JPL Advisory Council for Women. For more information, please visit https://gateway.jpl.nasa.gov/communities/ACW/SitePages/Community%20Home.aspx.

June 17, 11:00-12:00, A Look in the ADS (Astrophysics Data System) Kitchen -- Current and Future Delicacies

June 3rd, 2016

The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant. A quick check in the ADS system, there are more than 4,000 records listing JPL as author affiliation. Edwin Henneken, IT Specialist at the NASA Astrophysics Data System, with backgrounds in science, IT and scholarly publishing, will discuss the current features and future plans about ADS on Friday, June 17, at the Hub from 11:00-12:00.

Abstract

The world of scholarly publishing has been going through significant changes and will probably keep doing so for a while. There is one comforting certainty among all this change: the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is here to help the working astronomer and librarian navigate through the increasingly complex communication environment we find ourselves in. We have been working with and for the astronomy community for over two decades now. However, the “business as usual” scenario is not an option for the ADS anymore, meaning that we cannot keep piling up more and more complexity on the trusty ADS ship that has been with the community since the first days of the World Wide Web. The ship would crack and sink. The demands and complexities of the current (and future) world of scholarly publishing need 21st century solutions. In this talk I will present an overview of what we have achieved so far, and what is in store, in our journey, as ADS team, to make the ADS ready for the future and to keep delivering the quality of service that the astronomy community has come to expect from us. I will specifically highlight the API we offer to our users and the ORCiD integration.

 

June 15, 12:00-1:00, Summer Movies: Explorer One

May 26th, 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, enjoy!

On June 15th, we are showing “Explorer One”, a part of the “Beginning of the Space Age” series.

Explorer One

This document reveals how JPL and the U.S. Army could have been the first to place a satellite into Earth orbit, had they been given the chance. That opportunity was lost when the Eisenhower administration, unsure how the Soviet Union would react to a satellite launched under the aegis of the U. S. Army military, hesitated and assigned the project to a civilian-led program called Vanguard.  The Soviet launched Sputnik in October 1957, shocking the world and setting in motion the Cold War’s “Race for Space.” Only after the Vanguard rocked exploded on the launch p[ad were JPL and the U.S. Army given a chance. The result was 1958′s Explorer 1, the first successful U.S. satellite, which also delivered the first-ever scientific discovery from space.

 

Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at library@jpl.nasa.gov, ext 4-4200 for resources and services from the Library, Archives, and Records Section.

June 8, 12:00-1:30, Summer Movie: The American Rocketeer

May 26th, 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 8th, we are showing “The American Rocketeer”.

The American Rocketeer

This video tells the little-known and controversial story of Frank Malina, how one man’s dreams and idealism changed his life, Caltech, and the nation.

Today, space probes designed, built and managed within earshot of the first rocket firing on a desolate Southern California canyon wash have reached every planet in our solar system and peered well beyond its boundaries. Each probe carries on it the logo of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But more importantly, each probe carries with it the legacy of scientific and engineering excellence that began some three-quarters of a century ago in an isolated, scrub-strewn gulch northeast of Los Angeles.

On Halloween day in 1936, Malina led a ragtag group of amateur rocket enthusiasts to the Arroyo Seco, where they conducted their first stand-up rocket engine test that would lay the groundwork for the Lab’s founding. Malina’s personal letters, drawings and paintings reveal an extraordinary story of how JPL came to be. Though many other fascinating characters populate “The American Rocketeer,” at its core the film is a personal story of one man’s dream – and how his ideas and idealism put him on a collision course with the world.

Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at library@jpl.nasa.gov, ext 4-4200 for resources and services from the Library, Archives, and Records Section.