MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109 TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: Jane Platt
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 1999
FREE, PUBLIC EVENTS MARK JUPITER EXPLORATION MILESTONES
Two decades of fascinating discoveries about Jupiter by NASA
spacecraft will be highlighted in a pair of free, public panel
discussions on Thursday, September 16, at Jet Propulsion
Laboratory's von Karman Auditorium, and Friday, September 17 at
the Pasadena City College Forum.
The events mark the 20th anniversary of the Voyager flybys
of Jupiter and the 10th anniversary of Galileo's launch. Both
presentations start at 7 p.m., with seating on a first-come,
The panel discussions are entitled "Twenty Years of
Discovering Jupiter: Voyager and Galileo Celebrate Significant
Anniversaries." Moderator David Seidel, a JPL science educator,
will lead a panel including Dr. Ed Stone, JPL director and
Voyager project scientist; Galileo Project Manager Jim Erickson,
who also worked on Voyager; former Galileo Project Manager
William O'Neil; Dr. Torrence Johnson, Galileo Project Scientist
and part of the Voyager team; and Dr. Andy Ingersoll, a scientist
on both the Voyager and Galileo teams.
Voyager 1 and 2 and Galileo have yielded a bounty of
pictures and other observations of Jupiter and its four moons,
which have enabled scientists to learn new details about this
giant, gaseous solar system neighbor.
After long and fruitful journeys of planetary exploration,
the two Voyager spacecraft are nearing the edge of our solar
system. The Galileo spacecraft has been orbiting Jupiter and its
moons for nearly four years. After its primary mission ended in
December 1997, it began a two-year extended mission, currently
scheduled to conclude in January 2000.
For more information, call (818) 354-5011.
JPL manages the Galileo and Voyager missions for NASA's
Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. JPL is a division of
the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.