Upcoming Show: NASA@60: The Role of the Robots
Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET, 0200 UTC)
As NASA celebrates its 60th anniversary, this panel discussion will look back over the decades at how far our robotic exploration has come, and consider where we might be headed.
Much has changed about the way we explore space in the 60 years since NASA began operations on Oct. 1, 1958. Today’s robotic spacecraft are beginning to experiment with laser communications, artificial intelligence and 3-D printed parts. But some of the first spacecraft the U.S. sent to the Moon included parts made of wood; some used to record data on motorized magnetic tape recorders.
Despite all the advances, one thing hasn’t changed: we still rely on robotic spacecraft to extend our senses above and beyond Earth and to blaze a trail as precursors for human explorers.
- Preston Dyches, JPL Public Outreach Specialist
Dawn: Mission to Small Worlds
Friday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET, 1800 UTC)
JPL will host a Science Chat to talk about the role of the agency's Dawn spacecraft in studying the beginning of our solar system, and the approaching end of its 11-year mission.
Jim Green, NASA chief scientist
Carol Raymond, Dawn principal investigator at JPL
Marc Rayman, Dawn mission director and chief engineer at JPL
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