MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: Stephanie R. Zeluck
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 8, 1998
PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES HIGHLIGHTS JPL EARTH AND SPACE EXPLORATION
JPL has announced the 1998 line-up for its popular von Kármán
Lecture Series, which features free monthly lectures by prominent
experts who will describe the latest in earth and space
exploration and innovative technologies.
The lecture series, named in honor of JPL founder Theodore von
Kármán, is held at JPL's von Karman Auditorium, and this year will
also be held a second evening at Pasadena City College.
A multifaceted list of topics awaits visitors this year:
- January 15 &16: "Forecasting an El Niño: The TOPEX/Poseidon
Mission Brings News of a Wet Winter."
- February 19 & 20: "Destination Earth: JPL's Near Earth
Asteroid Tracking Program Searches for Earthbound Objects."
- March 19 (held at JPL only): "Mapping the Amazon: Science,
Supercomputers and Synthetic Aperture Radar."
- April 16 &17: "The Earth Observer: A Guide to Understanding
Our Planet From 400 Miles Up."
- May 14 & 15: "Deep Space 1: An Experimental High-Tech Mission
into the Solar System."
- June 18 & 19: "Bringing the Universe into Focus: Four Years
of Imaging from the Hubble Space Telescope."
- July 16 & 17: "The Basics of Space Flight: Clues on How We
Reach Planets Millions of Miles Away."
- August 20 & 21: "Ice & Fire: To Three of the Most Difficult
Solar System Destinations...on a Budget."
- September 17 & 18: "Robotic Explorers: Enablers of Exciting
- October 15 &16: "Stardust: Mr. NASA's Wild Ride to a Comet."
- November 19 & 20: "Going Back to Mars: The Mars '98 Missions
Revisit the Red Planet."
- December 17 & 18: "The Galileo Europa Mission: Searching for
Clues of What Lies Beneath the Ice of a Faraway World."
Lectures will be held on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays of
each month. Thursday lectures will be held at JPL's von Kármán
Auditorium at 4800 Oak Grove Drive in Pasadena. Friday lectures
(with the exception of the March lecture) will be held at The
Forum at Pasadena City College, located at 1570 East Colorado
Blvd. in Pasadena. Visitors can park in staff parking on Bonnie
Avenue south of Colorado Boulevard between Hill & Allen Avenues.
Admission is free for all lectures and seating at both locations
A detailed web site on the lecture series is located at
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/lecture. For directions and other
information, call the JPL Media Relations Office at (818) 354-