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MSL Update and an Overview of the Gale Crater Landing Site - Doug McCuistion from Planetfest 2012 on Aug 5th.
Doug McCuistion leads the Mars Exploration Program. Mr. McCuistion has held positions in Earth and Space science at NASA Headquarters, the Goddard Space Flight Center and US Navy. At Headquarters he was the Director of Flight Programs for NASA's Earth Science Enterprise. At Goddard, he worked on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), Geosynchronous Operations Environmental Satellite (GOES), Landsat, NEXUS (a James Webb Space Telescope precursor), and as a Deputy Director in the Information Systems engineering division.
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MSL Entry, Descent, Landing, and Beyond - Rob Manning at Planetfest 2012 on Aug 5th.
Rob Manning is the Chief Engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory. He has been designing, testing and operating robotic spacecraft and rovers for 30 years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. His career has allowed him to live through some of JPL's most harrowing robotic moments. In the 1990's Rob became the chief engineer for a project called Mars Pathfinder, which became the first to send a little rover (named Sojourner) to Mars. In the process, he learned from past masters of the Apollo and Viking era what it took to safely land robots on another planet in an intricate process called "EDL" or Entry, Descent and Landing. As a result of his fortunes at JPL, Rob has received two NASA medals and is in the Aviation Week Magazine Space Laureate Hall of Fame in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In 2004, "SpaceNews" magazine named Rob as one of 100 people who made a difference in civil, commercial and military space since 1989. Rob is a graduate of Caltech and Whitman College where he studied math, physics, computer science, and control systems.
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How we selected the MSL Landing Site - Matt Golombek speaking at Planetfest 2012 on Aug 5th.
Matt Golombek is a Senior Research Scientist at JPL and was the co-chair on the Mars Exploration Program Landing Site selection committee. Matt Golombek has been at JPL for almost 20 years, during which he has been witness to almost all of JPL's robotic exploits on Mars. Now he is a senior research scientist and co-chair of the Mars Exploration Rover landing site selection committee. Recently he has become a Visiting Associate and Lecturer in the planetary science division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at Caltech. Over his distinguished career he has been awarded many accolades, including the University of Massachusetts Distinguished Alumni Award, the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, and in 2011 the NASA Group Achievement Award.
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The Bradbury Imperative: We Must Explore - Andrew Chaikin speaking at Planetfest 2012 on Aug 5th.
Andrew Chaikin is an award-winning author and space historian. He has authored books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for more than 25 years, including "A Man on the Moon," which was turned into the popular HBO series, "From the Earth to the Moon". Writer-director and explorer James Cameron (Titanic, Aliens of the Deep) called him "our best historian of the space age."
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Exploring Mars: Following the Water - Scott Hubbard speaking at Planetfest 2012 on Aug 5th.
Scott Hubbard is the former Mars Program Director at NASA and is currently a board member of the Planetary Society and a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University. He has been recognized as an innovator and leader in science, technology and management for more than 30 years -- including 20 years with NASA where he was the first Mars Program Director and then Director of NASA's Ames Research Center. He currently is a Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. Hubbard was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and is a recipient of the Engineering Science Award from the IAA. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He most recently was awarded the 2006 Carl Sagan Memorial Award by the American Astronautical Society.
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New Visions for Humans in Space Panel Discussion, from Planetfest 2012 Aug 5th.
George T. Whitesides is CEO and President of Virgin Galactic and former NASA Chief of Staff. From 2004 - 2008, Whitesides served as the Executive Director of the National Space Society, then he was named NASA Chief of Staff after serving on the transition team for the new administration. Now George leads Virgin Galactic and is on the cutting edge of commercial space travel.
Panel: David Giger (SpaceX). Andrew Nelson (XCOR). Peter Diamandis (X Prize)
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A Tribute to Ray Bradbury - Louis Friedman from Planetfest 2012, Aug 5th.
Louis Friedman was the Executive Director of the Planetary Society for more than 30 years. He now serves on the Board of Directors. His college career began when Sputnik launched the space age. Friedman earned a B.S. in applied Mathematics and Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin in 1961, followed by an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics at Cornell University in 1963. He earned his Ph.D. from the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at M.I.T. in 1971 with a thesis on Extracting Scientific Information from Spacecraft Tracking Data. He has worked at JPL and AVCO Space Systems Division.
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Robert Picardo reading poetry by Ray Bradbury at Planetfest 2012.
Perhaps best known for his role as the holographic doctor in Star Trek: Voyager, Robert Picardo also has a strong interest in the reality of space exploration. Picardo played another doctor on the acclaimed television series, China Beach, so perhaps his entering Yale University as a pre-med student presaged his acting career to come! Picardo has appeared frequently on stage, from Broadway to the Pasadena Playhouse on the west coast. He is also on the Planetary Society's Advisory Board.
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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Director of JPL Charles Elachi in their surprise appearance at Planetfest 2012 on Sunday, August 5th.
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Ann Druyan speaking at Planetfest 2012 on Sunday, August 5th.
Ann Druyan is a writer (A Famous Broken Heart; Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors) and the CEO of Cosmos Studios, a production company based out of Ithaca, N.Y. Ms. Druyan is also the widow of Carl Sagan, whom she collaborated with on both the Voyager Golden Record and the epic series, Cosmos
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Seth MacFarlane speaking at Planetfest 2012 with Ann Druyan.
Seth MacFarlane is the creator of Family Guy, voice actor, director and writing. He is co-producing the new Cosmos series to be broadcast on the Fox TV network in 2014.