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In December 2000, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California selected David Sheppard as its Solar System Ambassador to the Carlsbad area. The position is entirely voluntary and does not pay a salary. The Solar System Ambassadors program is managed by JPL, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration's (NASA) lead field center for the robotic exploration of the Solar System.

JPL Solar System Ambassador Lectures
by David Sheppard

NMSU-Carlsbad
Lecture Hall, Room 153 7:00-9:00 PM
Free to the Public

Lecture 1:
Our Star, The Sun
21 Feb 01
The evolution of the Universe following the Big Bang from which it was created and the origin and evolution of the sun. Discussion of the internal nuclear reactions that fuel the sun, and the sunís ultimate demise.

Lecture 2:
JPL Mars Projects
11 Apr 01
Results of past and present JPL missions to Mars: Mariner 9, Viking, Pathfinder and Mars Global Surveyor. Future missions. The search for water and life on Mars.

Lecture 3: Asteroids & Comets 12 Sep 01
 
What is the danger to Earth from Asteroid and Comet impact? The Tunguska impact of 1908 in Siberia; the impact 65 million years ago that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. JPL missions to asteroids and comets; joint missions with the European Space Agency.

Lecture 4: Missions to Jupiter and Saturn
11 Oct 01

JPLís exploration of Jupiter and Saturn to include: past Voyager missions to both planets; the current Galileo Mission at Jupiter; and the Cassini mission to Saturn and Titan.

 
 
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