Public Lectures

The public lectures will take place in Guggenheim 133 (Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall). Please refer to the map on the right for directions and parking facilities.

The lecture schedule is outlined below, further details will be added soon. You can also watch our past lectures online or download our current poster through the links below.

Exploration of Enceladus: Past, Present and Future

Morgan Cable, NASA JPL

Tuesday, March 26

9-10am

 

The Cassini Mission revealed Saturn’s moon Enceladus to be a dynamic world teeming with astrobiological potential. Future mission concepts range from plume flythrough orbiters to impact probes to crevasse-crawling robots, and include payload elements meant to explore the habitability of this fascinating moon and search for life. We will discuss these various mission concepts and their science objectives, building on the legacy of Cassini, as we explore the path to Enceladus.

Robotic Explorers for Icy Worlds

Tom Nordheim, NASA JPL

Tuesday, March 26

10-11am

PUFFER: NASA’s Pop-Up Origami Rover

Jean-Pierre de la Croix and JaAkko Karras, NASA JPL

Wednesday, March 27

9-10AM

 

Meet PUFFER—NASA's pop-up origami rover. Currently, rover missions face serious limitations in extreme terrain. A rover like Curiosity is just too valuable to risk driving into a crater or upending on rough ground. PUFFER was created to work in parallel with larger rovers (or deployed off landers) when the landscape becomes too dangerous. PUFFER has been tested in some of Earth's most challenging environments, and its designers at JPL hope to see it hitching a ride to new destinations in the solar system sometime soon.

Terrain Agnostic Mobility for Ocean Worlds

Gareth Meirion-Griffith, NASA JPL

Wednesday, March 27

10-11AM

Solar Gravity Lens Mission to Image Planets of Distant Stars

Thomas Heinsheimer, Aerospace

Thursday, March 28

9-10AM

From Viking to Insight:  40 Years of Planetary Exploration

David Murrow, Lockheed Martin

Thursday, March 28

10-11AM

Final Presentations

Team Voyager, Team Explorer

Friday, March 29

2-4pm