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Exploring Red Planets and Metal Worlds: How JPL turns Dreams into Reality [Includes Opening & Awards Ceremony]
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TimeWednesday, 5 December 201811am - 12:45pm
DescriptionFrom the Curiosity rover on Mars to the Cassini orbiter at Saturn, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a long history creating, building and flying missions that explore our solar system. In January 2017, Psyche, a mission led by Arizona State University (ASU) and managed by JPL, was selected as the latest addition to NASA’s Discovery program. Psyche will explore a unique body in our solar system: a 200 km diameter world made almost entirely of metal. David Oh, former lead flight director for the Curiosity Rover and Systems Engineering Manager for the Psyche mission, will describe how JPL works with teams of scientists and engineers to create these unique and innovative space missions, taking wild ideas from initial conception through development to the decision to fund for flight. David will also describe how JPL encourages collaboration and innovation, creating the conditions where diverse teams can excel at technically difficult tasks and succeed in a risk adverse environment.