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Contact: Mary Beth Murrill
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 7, 1998
SPACE LECTURER TO TELL HOW TO FLY TO ANOTHER PLANET
Space-flight expert Dave Doody of NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory will describe how spacecraft are targeted and flown to
planets and other destinations in the solar system in a free
public lecture to be held July 16 at JPL and July 17 at Pasadena
City College's Forum, both at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and on a
first-come, first-served basis.
"The Basics of Spaceflight: Clues on How We Send Spacecraft
to Planets Millions of Miles Away," is part of the monthly von
Karman Lecture Series sponsored by JPL.
Doody is the coauthor, with JPL's George Stephan, of "The
Basics of Spaceflight," a popular JPL website feature at
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/basics . Doody also holds a Federal
Aviation Administration commercial pilot's license for flying on
At JPL since 1982, Doody has served as an engineer on a
variety of programs and projects, including the Deep Space
Network space telecommunications hub, the Voyager mission to the
outer planets, and the Magellan mission that orbited Venus. He
is now an engineer on the flight operations team of the Cassini
mission to Saturn, which began its seven-year flight to the
ringed planet in October 1997. Doody's articles appear
occasionally in popular magazines.
Before joining JPL, he was an instructor for Japan Air Lines
pilots, then a systems engineer for the Santa Catalina Island Co.
Doody attended Loyola University and the University of California
at Davis, and holds a master's degree from Pacific Oaks College,