NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has led the world in exploring the solar system with robots, following a scientific strategy that has led to some of history's most profound discoveries, and JPL Director Dr. Edward C. Stone will describe the results and goals of robotic space exploration in a free public lecture on Thursday, Nov. 16 at JPL, and repeated at Pasadena City College on Friday, Nov. 17.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis for the lecture, entitled "Three Great Eras: Celebrating JPL's History."

Stone, director of JPL since 1991, is also a vice president and professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology. In addition, he serves as vice-chairman of the board of directors of the California Association for Research in Astronomy, which built and manages the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and is a director of the W. M. Keck Foundation.

Stone has received numerous honors from organizations including NASA, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Achievement, the Sloan Foundation, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has served as the project scientist for the Voyager mission since 1972 and has coordinated the efforts of 11 teams of scientists in their studies of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

The lecture at JPL on Nov. 16 will be held in the von Karman Auditorium, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, near the Oak Grove Dr. exit of the 210 (Foothill) Freeway. On Nov. 17, the lecture will be held in Pasadena City College's Forum, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. For more information, call (818) 354-5011. The lectures will start promptly at 7 p.m., and admission is free.

JPL, a NASA center, is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

JPL is managed for NASA by Caltech, Pasadena, Calif.

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