The von Kármán Lecture Series: 2021
January 2021 - Spacecraft Origami
For years, engineers have had to deal with "the tyranny of the fairing," that anything you want to send into space has to fit into a rocket bearing. A field of advanced design has been looking for new ways to improve our engineering, using the centuries-old artform to dream bigger.
February 2021 - Planetary Protection
Protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe... and the universe from the scum of Earth. We chat with Moogega Cooper (Mars 2020, Europa Clipper) about preventing contamination during missions around the solar system and making sure they don't bring anything dangerous back with them.
March 2021 - Helicopters in Space
How do you fly a helicopter on Mars? It takes Ingenuity and Perseverance. During this technology demo, Farah Alibay and Tim Canham will get into the details of how these craft will manage this incredible task.
April 2021 - Science on Ice
Celebrate Earth Day with us as we explore the world’s ice and what it can tell us about our climate. We’ll talk with scientist Alex Gardner about our cryosphere and how it affects our future.
May 2021 - Space Cameras: A Sharper Image
Are you ready for your close-up? Our newest space exploring cameras are bringing the universe into even sharper focus. We’ll discuss how we get these extraordinary images of the solar system and beyond back to the phone in your pocket.
June 2021 - Oh, Jupiter! We Thought We Knew You
Our knowledge of the Jupiter system has grown exponentially in the past few years however, the more we know, the more questions we have. We’ll discuss how our theories have changed and what’s next for Jupiter and Europa.
July 2021 - Science + Art: Picturing Discovery
A scientist and an artist walk into a room… In this STEAM inspired chat, we’ll discuss how science influences art and art, in turn, influences science. We’ll discuss how JPL artists collaborate with scientists to create artistic renderings of scientific discoveries and how artists take information and enhance it through data visualization.