June 2017 - The Golden Age of Exploration
The Golden Age of Exploration
June 1 & 2
JPL missions have visited every planet in our solar system. Over the past 15 years, three rovers have explored Mars in coordination with a number of orbiters. Samples have been brought to Earth from a comet tail as well as the solar wind. Saturn and its moons have been studied extensively by Cassini. Planets have been discovered around neighboring stars. Many new insights in our planet’s environment have been acquired.
The speaker will describe, from firsthand experience, the excitement and impact of these discoveries and the challenges and risks for the next 15 years.
Charles Elachi Professor, Caltech JPL Director (2001-2016)