August 18, 2021 Program Meeting

Speaker: Dr. Julie Castillo-Rogez, JPL planetary scientist
Topic: NASA Near Earth Object Missions

Our August speaker is Dr. Julie Castillo-Rogez, a JPL planetary scientist specializing in water-rich objects from a modeling and experimental perspectives applied to the formulation, design, and planning of planetary missions. She is the principal science investigator at JPL for the NEA Scout mission.

Talk summary: NASA Near Earth Object Missions ongoing and in development and NEA Scout, a planned mission by NASA to develop a controllable low-cost CubeSat solar sail spacecraft capable of encountering near-Earth asteroids.  The CubeSat will use stainless steel alloy booms to deploy an aluminum-coated plastic film sail – thinner than a human hair and about the size of a racquetball court. The large-area sail will generate thrust by reflecting sunlight. NEA Scout will launch on Artemis I for a two year mission to image a near earth asteroid.

You can register in advance for the meeting at the following link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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