All lectures begin at 7 p.m., with first-come, first-served seating. For more information, see http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures.cfm or call (818) 354-0112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the schedule:
--Feb. 20, 21-New Weather and Climate Tools for the 21st Century
Dr. Moustafa Chahine, JPL senior research scientist and science team leader for the Aqua spacecraft sounding system: The benefits of NASA's Aqua mission, which is observing Earth's weather and water cycle with unprecedented detail.
--Mar. 20, 21-The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn
Dr. Robert Mitchell, Cassini program manager: The birth and evolution of the Cassini-Huygens four-year mission to Saturn. Cassini will arrive at Saturn in 2004.
--Apr. 17, 18-Mars Global Surveyor Across the Centuries
Dr. Terry Martin, JPL research scientist, Earth and planetary atmospheres: How the Mars Global Surveyor mission contributes to future Mars exploration.
--May 8, 9-Challenges in Mobility and Robotics for In Situ Science
Brian Wilcox, manager, Solar System Exploration Mobility Technology Program: The challenges of exploring extreme planetary surfaces with mobile robots.
--Jun. 12, 13-SIRTF: The Last of the Great Observatories
Dr. Dave Gallagher, project manager, and Dr. Michael Werner, project scientist: The developmental history of the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, a mission scheduled for launch in April that will study the early universe and look for planet-forming discs around other stars.
--Jul. 17, 18-Searching and Crawling: A Few JPL Research Robots
Robert Hogg, robotics engineer, JPL Autonomy and Control Section: All about "Urbie," a bathmat-sized robot designed to investigate potential human hazards, help search-and-rescue efforts and survey enemy territory.
--Aug. 21, 22-The Mars Exploration Rovers - Robotic Geologists
Peter Theisinger, JPL Mars Exploration Rover program manager: Post-landing mission plans for the Mars Exploration Rovers, twin spacecraft scheduled to launch this year and arrive at Mars in 2004.
--Sep. 18, 19-Galileo's Odyssey - The Worlds of Jupiter
Dr. Rosaly Lopes, JPL research scientist: A guide to the Galileo spacecraft's journey around Jupiter and its moons, just days before the spacecraft plunges into Jupiter.
--Oct. 16, 17-Cosmic Jets: New Building Blocks of the Universe
Dr. David Meier, JPL astrophysicist: How the mysterious, spectacular phenomenon of cosmic jets are integral to our origin and the universe's structure and evolution.
--Nov. 20, 21-Deep Space Network Challenge for 2003-2004: Tracking Dozens of Mission Critical Spacecraft Events
Speaker TBA: How the Deep Space Network plans to get through its approaching challenge to support more concurrent events of crucial magnitude than ever in its history.
--Dec. 11, 12-Pointing the Way to Exoplanetary Systems: New Initiatives in Space Astronomy and the Legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope
Dr. John Trauger, JPL senior research scientist: How soon will we see planetary systems orbiting the stars in our nearby galactic neighborhood?
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