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Year of the Solar System - Jim Green at Planetfest 2012, on Aug 4th.
Dr. Green has been Director of the NASA Planetary Science Division since 2006, and he has worked at NASA for more than 25 years. Over his career he has won numerous awards. In 1988 he received the Arthur S. Flemming award given for outstanding individual performance in the federal government. In 1996 he received Japan's Kotani Prize in recognition of his international science data management activities. He has written over 100 scientific articles in refereed journals and over 50 technical articles on various aspects of data systems and networks.
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Jim Bell - Introduction to Mars, from The Planetary Society's Planetfest conference 2012 on Aug 4th, 2012.
Jim Bell is a Professor at Arizona State University and the President of The Planetary Society.
Jim is an active planetary scientist and has been heavily involved in many NASA robotic space exploration missions, including the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR), Mars Exploration Rover, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Mars Science Laboratory rover mission. Dr. Bell is currently a Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
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Ancient Water-Rich Environments at Meridiani Planum, Mars - Ray Arvidson, from The Planetary Society's Planetfest 2012 on Aug 4th, 2012.
Ray Arvidson is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He and his team are involved in many aspects of NASA's planetary exploration program, including developing science objectives and plans for missions, participating in mission operations and data analysis, and archiving and distributing data relevant to characterizing and understanding planetary surfaces and interiors. He and his laboratory personnel have been or are currently involved in the Viking Lander, Mars Global Surveyor, Odyssey, Mars Exploration Rover, Phoenix Mars Lander, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the European Space Agency's Mars Express missions.
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Martian Volcanoes - Rosaly Lopes, from Planetfest 2012 on Aug 4th in Pasadena, CA.
Dr. Rosaly M. C. Lopes is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is an expert on volcanoes on Earth and the planets and has worked on the NASA missions Galileo and Cassini. She enjoys bringing the excitement of her research to the general public via lectures, TV shows and books. Rosaly has obtained numerous awards for her work both in science and outreach. In 2005, she was awarded the Carl Sagan medal by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in recognition of her success in communicating science to the general public.
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David Brin speaking at The Planetary Society's Planetfest 2012 conference, on Saturday, Aug 4th, 2012.
David Brin is an award-winning science fiction author and scientist. After graduating from Caltech in 1973 Brin went on to achieve a Masters of Science in applied physics and Doctor of Philosophy in space science. In the 80's Brin started work on novels in his uplift universe. His second book in the series, "Startide Rising", won both the Nebula and Hugo award for science fiction writing. His new book "Existence" leads with the hook, "Billions of planets may be ripe for life, even intelligence. So where is Everybody?"
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Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator of NASA, speaking at Planetfest 2012 on Aug 4th.
As deputy administrator, Garver is NASA's second in command. She works closely with the administrator to provide overall leadership, planning, and policy direction for the agency. Together with the NASA administrator, Garver represents NASA to the Executive Office of the President, Congress, heads of government agencies, international organizations, and external organizations and communities. She also oversees the work of NASA's functional offices.
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Why Create Space Art? A panel discussion from Planetfest 2012 on Aug 4th. Featuring Jon Ramer, Don Davis, Rick Sternbach, Don Dixon, and Aldo Spadoni.
Aldo Spadoni: President, Aerospace Imagineering; Space Artist
Aldo Spadoni manages an award winning creative simulation team at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. His consulting company, Aerospace Imagineering, specializes in the conceptual design and visualization of advanced technology concepts. Aldo's visualizations have appeared in numerous magazines and television documentaries. As a technology consultant to the entertainment industry, he supported the production of Apollo 13, Supernova, Iron Man 1 & 2, and other movie projects.
Don Davis: Space Artist, http://www.donaldedavis.com/
Don Davis is a space artist who worked first in oils and water based brush and airbrush media, then moved to computer based tools. He now creates space animations for full dome video projection Planetarium theaters. Don received an Emmy for his work on Cosmos, and the 2002 Klumpke-Roberts Award, presented by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, for outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy. The asteroid 13330 Dondavis is named after him.
Don Dixon: Founder, International Association of Astronomical Artists; Art Director, Griffith Observatory, http://cosmographica.com/dixonart/pages/gallery_10
Don Dixon is a Fellow and founding member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). His artwork has been featured on the covers of Scientific American, Astronomy, Sky and Telescope, Bild der Wissenschaft, and dozens of books, ranging from physics compendiums to science fiction novels.His painting Red Mars, cover painting for the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's award winning trilogy, rode the Phoenix spacecraft to a successful landing in the arctic region of the Red Planet on May 29, 2008 as part of Visions of Mars, The Planetary Society's digital "Martian library." Since 1991 he has served as Art Director at L.A's Griffith Observatory
Jon Ramer: President, International Aassociation of Astronomical Artists
Jon Ramer is the President of the International association of Astronomical Artists. Jon spent 25 years traveling the world as a US Air Force officer as well as painting and photographing everywhere he went. He is also an avid space artist and writer, and recently edited and wrote portions of the space art book "The Beauty of Space."
Rick Sternbach: Space and Science Fiction Artist, http://www.ricksternbach.com/
Rick Sternbach has been a space and science fiction artist since the early 1970s. His clients include NASA, Sky and Telescope, Data Products, Random House, Smithsonian, Analog, Astronomy, The Planetary Society, and Time-Life Books. He is a founding member and Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). In the late 1970s Rick added film and television illustration and special effects to his repertory, with productions like Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Last Starfighter, Future Flight, and Cosmos, for which he and other members of the art team received an Emmy award, the first for visual effects.
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Your Place in Space - Bill Nye speaking at Planetfest 2012 on Aug 4th. Special guest appearance by Robert Picardo.
Bill Nye is a Scientist, Engineer, Author, and CEO of The Planetary Society.
Nye's mission for many years has been to turn on the public in general, and kids in particular, to the "way cool" wonders of science. Scientist, comedian, teacher, and author, Nye became a household name with his innovative, fast-paced television series, Bill Nye the Science Guy. His latest TV program, 100 Greatest Discoveries, airs in eight installments on the Science Channel.
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So You Want to Work in Space? - Panel Discussion from Planetfest 2012, Aug 4th. Emily Lakdawalla was the Moderator.
Emily Lakdawalla is the Technology and Scientific Coordinator for The Planetary Society and a Contributing Editor to Sky and Telescope magazine. She first blogged for the Planetary Society in 2002 as a member of a Society-funded team sent to Devon Island in the Canadian high Arctic to gather data to support future tests of autonomous software for Mars airplanes, and she hasn't stopped yet. For nearly as long, she has contributed to the weekly Planetary Radio podcast as well as acting as administrator of the forum UnmannedSpaceflight.com, which has made Emily a leader in a worldwide community of amateur space image processors.
Abby Fraeman is a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis who is working with accomplished space robotics scientist Ray Arvidson in his Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory. Members of the Arvidson laboratory have been or are currently involved in the Viking Lander, Mars Global Surveyor, Odyssey, Mars Exploration Rover, Mars Express, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Science Laboratory, and the European Space Agency's Mars Express (Omega instrument). Abby is at the front line of robotic space technology.
Erik Lopez is a rising sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign majoring in Aerospace Engineering. He is currently the national educational outreach chair of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space "SEDS". In the past Erik has done research at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he developed an award winning Differential Scanning Calorimeter. Recently, Erik completed his internship with the Propulsion Academy at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and is getting ready to begin his Cooperative Education Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center this upcoming January.
Dr. Melissa Rice is a recent graduate of Cornell University with a PhD in Planetary Science. Her work focused on hydrated minerals uncovered by the MER Spirit rover and a detailed study of Eberswalde Crater, one of the four candidate landing sites for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover. She currently works at Caltech as a postdoctoral scholar with John Grotzinger and is a member of the MSL Curiosity project science team. In her spare time she is a Payload Uplink Lead for the MER Opportunity rover.
Dr. Ryan Anderson is the current Shoemaker Postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, AZ. Ryan attended the University of Michigan, where he double-majored in Physics and Astronomy, and Cornell University where received his PhD in Planetary Science. His work on Gale crater helped lead to its selection as the landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory Rover (MSL), and he is a member of the ChemCam science team.
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Driving a Mars Rover - Scott Maxwell speaking at Planetfest 2012 on Aug 4th.
Scott Maxwell is a Mars Rover Driver at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he works on the Mars Exploration Rover team and also with the new Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity. He published a diary he kept during the operations of Spirit and Opportunity, five years delayed, on his Mars and Me blog, which ended April 6, 2012.
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Robots Now, Humans by 2030 - Artemis Westenberg at Planetfest 2012 on Aug 4th.
Artemis Westenberg is the President, Director, and co-founder of Explore Mars, Inc. and intends to see humans walk on Mars within the next two decades. Since 2000, Artemis has been involved in space exploration advocacy as President of the Mars Society Netherlands and Steering Committee member of The Mars Society Inc. In the Netherlands Artemis is often a spokesperson for the space community when Mars is in the Media. She has been quoted in numerous national and international newspapers and magazines and has appeared on national and international television and radio.