The von Kármán Lecture Series: 2018
January 2018 - Explorer 1's 60th Anniversary: A Celebration of Six Decades of Earth Science Discoveries
Explorer I marked the start of the Space Age for the U.S., and for the world it heralded the study of Earth from space. The JPL built satellite confirmed the existence of the Van Allen radiation belts, the very first space science discovery.
February 2018 - Looking Deep: The InSight Mission to Mars
The InSight mission, scheduled to launch in May, 2018, will be the first NASA mission to observe the deep interior of Mars. Mars, Earth, Venus, and Mercury are as similar as they are different, and the view granted by our human and robotic eyes only scratches the surface.
March 2018 - Planning Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Retrospective
Mission planning is a core strength of JPL engineering, along with deep space communications and navigation. This month’s talk, by Cassini mission planner Erick Sturm, will provide a look back at the various scenarios and contingency plans the Cassini team made as they steered the spacecraft into unexplored space during its 2017 Grand Finale.
April 2018 - How Will Earth's Ecosystems Survive Under a Changing Climate?
One of the largest uncertainties in projections of future climate change is how do terrestrial ecosystems (communities of land organisms and their environments) contribute to or help counteract the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide.
May 2018 - Juno and The New Jupiter: What Have We Learned So Far?
Juno is a solar-powered spacecraft which has been orbiting Jupiter since July 4, 2016. For a few hours every 53 days, Juno passes within a few thousand kilometers of the giant planet, and collects a wealth of new information about Jupiter.
June 2018 - No Lecture - Venue Change beginning July 2018
Beginning July 2018 the venue for the second day of the von Karman Lecture will be moving from PCC’s Vosloh Forum to Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium.
July 2018 - Walking on Mars
Virtual and augmented reality promise to transport us to places that we can only imagine. When joined with spacecraft and robots, these technologies will extend humanity's presence to real destinations that are equally fantastic.
August 2018 - Spitzer Beyond: The Incredible Continuing Adventures of the Spitzer Space Telescope
The Spitzer Space Telescope is one of NASA’s Great Observatories, designed to observe the universe in infrared light. It was launched in 2003 with an expected lifetime of 5 years.
September 2018 - NASA@60: The Role of the Robots
Much has changed about the way we explore space in the 60 years since NASA began operations on Oct. 1, 1958.
October 2018 - Mapping Disasters from Space
Space-based geodetic measurement techniques such as Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR), Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS), and SAR-based change detection have recently become critical additions to our toolset for understanding and mapping the damage caused by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, hurricanes and floods.
November 2018 - Deep Space Network
How does NASA capture the faint whispers of spacecraft voyaging to far flung destinations across the solar system and beyond? The answer involves giant radio antennas, global cooperation, and a LOT of careful planning.