Mat Kaplan (center right) is the host of Planetary Radio chatting to guests John Callas (JPL MER) and Joy Crisp (JPL MSL) to the left and of course Bill Nye on the far right.
Planetary Radio Live – hosted by KPPC at the Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena on December 17th was a treat to the packed audience.
The key guests of the show were John Callas and Joy Crisp from JPL. The audience learned about the important discoveries made by the Spirit and Opportunity rovers after more than eight years of incredible service. These discoveries are now going to be expanded upon by the new Mars Science Laboratory (“Curiosity”) which is currently on-route to Mars (scheduled for landing August 15 2012). Continue reading
I am very excited to be attending the next “Planetary Radio Live” show this Saturday December 17th.
Planetary Radio LIVE returns to the Crawford Family Forum with another exciting show about space exploration. Bill Nye the Science Guy will join host Mat Kaplan for an exciting conversation about two robotic emissaries of humanity on the Red Planet.
The Planetary Society’s series will welcome John Callas, longtime manager of the Mars Exploration Rover program. Rover Opportunity is still trekking across Mars nearly eight years after its arrival. Representing a brand new mission will be Joy Crisp, Deputy Project Scientist for the SUV-sized “Curiosity,” also known as the Mars Science Laboratory.
Fans of the final frontier will be entertained by an appropriately spacey duo, local jazz vocalist KJ Williams and guitarist Laurence Yeung. KJ is also a roboticist with a Caltech PhD.
Your knowledge of space trivia may win you a Planetary Radio t-shirt!
Currently the event is at capacity. Please email Forum Coordinator Jenny Smith at email@example.com to be added to the waitlist.
Consider attending this FREE lecture at the Altadena Library tomorrow (September 24th) at 2pm.
I have had the good fortune to meet with Don numerous times – including two times when Don was running the 60″ telescope at Mt Wilson.
His talk is titled ” Mount Wilson astronomers I have known; some of whom have known me”. At 90 years old, Don has known a LOT of astronomers who worked at Mt. Wilson. The son of Dr. Seth B. Nicholson of the Mount Wilson Observatory, he has had a lifelong association with that Observatory. His present interests are the history of astronomy in the 20th century and the encouragement of public interest and participation in astronomy.
Don spent much of his youth at the Observatory and met many of the legendary figures who worked there. He graduated from Pomona College with a major in physics and received a Masters Degree in meteorology from Caltech. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Force, he worked for Technicolor, Northrop, and The Aerospace Corporation, where he led the Optical Systems Department. Since retiring, he has been active in public outreach for astronomical organizations.
The Altadena Public Library is located at 600 E. Mariposa Street in Altadena, two stop signs west of Lake Avenue at the corner of Mariposa and Santa Rosa Avenue (“Christmas Tree Lane”). Exit the 210 freeway at Lake Avenue in Pasadena and go about 2.5 miles north to Mariposa Street in Altadena. Turn left on Mariposa, go to the second stop sign, turn left on Santa Rosa, and turn into the parking lot at the first driveway on your right. The lecture is in the library’s Community Room.
This talk is sponsored by the Mount Wilson Institute. For more information, including how to become a member of Friends of Mount Wilson Observatory (FOMWO), see the Observatory’s website www.mtwilson.edu or contact lecture coordinator Bob Eklund, firstname.lastname@example.org, (310) 216-5947.
Artists Rendering showing DAWN orbiting the asteroid Vesta. Image Credit JPL/NASA
This is an extra special treat for all who are interested in space/science in Southern California.
On this coming Saturday (Aug 6th 2011) from 1pm – 6:30pm you can attend a special celebration put on by JPL & NASA to share news and information about the Dawn spacecraft that has recently setup orbit around Vesta - the 2nd largest body in the Asteroid Belt.
Location: Pasadena Convention Center.
EXTRA SPECIAL TREAT – Bill Nye (The Science Guy) will be there. Don’t miss this!
More information on the event is available on the NASA/JPL site here.
Welcome to the Asteroid Belt! You and your family are cordially invited to VESTA FIESTA, a party dedicated to celebrating NASA’s Dawn Mission’s adventures as the spacecraft is captured into orbit around the protoplanet Vesta and begins the exploration of this thrilling new world. Dawn will spend about a year in orbit around Vesta, the second most massive object in the main asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter, before continuing on to orbit Ceres – the most massive body in the asteroid belt.
Bring your family! Watch Rosetta Mission scientist Dr. Claudia Alexander “Cook Up a Kitchen Comet” using dry-ice and her secret ingredients. Leap into hands-on science activities: ride along with Dawn’s ion propulsion system in a cool interactive, make your own asteroid model, and touch a genuine iron meteorite while checking out a vast meteorite collection—including one from Vesta! Meet real NASA scientists and ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask.