The von Kármán Lecture Series: 2010

The Camera that Saved the Hubble Space Telescope -- The Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2
Jan. 21 & 22
The Hubble Telescope’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 was one of NASA's most prolific science instruments, opening up our universe in way previously never before seen.
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NASA's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 undergoes testing

Humanlike Robots: The Realization of the Science Fiction of Synthetic Humans
Feb. 18 & 19
Humans have always sought to imitate in art and technology the appearance, functions and intelligence of humans.
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Humanlike Robots: The Realization of the Science Fiction

Using NASA Satellites to Study the Earth's Climate
Mar. 18 & 19
Over the past decade NASA has launched a series of Earth remote sensing satellites with powerful new capabilities.
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Mapping the Infrared Sky with WISE
April 15 & 16
The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) launched December 14, 2009, and a month later began surveying the sky in four infrared wavelengths, ranging from four to 30 times redder than our eyes can see.
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CATASTROPHE and Earth's Evolution: When Bad Things Happen to Good Planets
June 10 & 11
Life on Earth has evolved as a consequence of the evolution of Earth itself.
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Artist concept. Image credit: Don Davis/NASA

Moons: The Weirdest Planets In Our Solar System
July 22 & 23
Our solar system has at least 170 moons orbiting the main planets. Before these moons were visited by spacecraft, astronomers expected them to be boring, dead objects devoid of any geologic features.
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Aquarius: Studying Sea Surface Salinity from Space
Aug. 19 & 20
Our home planet is dominated by water, and in its many forms, the cycling of water and energy through the atmosphere and oceans is crucial to life on Earth.
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Studying Sea Surface Salinity from Space

Mars Science Laboratory: The Search for Habitable Environments
Sept. 16 & 17
Due to launch in 2011, Mars Science Laboratory will investigate a landing site that shows clear evidence for ancient aqueous processes based on orbital data and undertake the search for past and present habitable environments.
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From Near Earth Asteroids to the Most Distant Galaxies: Scientific Results from the Spitzer Space Telescope
Oct. 14 & 15
The Spitzer Space Telescope, launched in 2003 as the infrared member of NASA's family of Great Observatories, completed the first phase of its scientific journey with the exhaustion of its liquid helium cryogen in May, 2009.
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Scientific Results from the Spitzer Space Telescope

The JUNO Mission to Jupiter
Nov. 11 & 12
Peering down through the clouds and deep into Jupiter's atmosphere, Juno reveals fundamental processes of the formation and early evolution of our solar system.
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The JUNO Mission to Jupiter

NASA's Going to my Comet
Nov. 2
Astronomer Malcolm Hartley never thought he'd get a close up view of the comet he discovered 24 years earlier, but that would change.
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The Dry Ice Polar Caps of Mars
Dec. 9 & 10
Mars has permanent polar caps composed of water ice, and seasonal polar caps composed of carbon dioxide ice (dry ice).
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