apollo 11

From Apollo 11 to Mars 2020 and Planet Earth:
Lasers, Rovers, and CubeSats

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Portola High School | 1001 Cadence, Irvine, CA

Event is free. Please register below to confirm your attendance.

The Centers for Experiential Learning in Environmental Science, Technology & Engineering (CELESTE) in partnership with IPSF will present a special speaker series featuring:

Prof. Hildreth “Hal” Walker Jr. & Dr. Bettye Davis Walker

Prof. Hal Walker is a NASA Solar System Ambassador. He served as field operations manager for KORAD Lasers during the Apollo 11 Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment (LURE), and fired the 1.2 gigawatt ruby-crystal laser from Lick Observatory in July and August of 1969 at retro-reflectors placed on the moon by the Apollo astronauts. Dr. Bettye Walker, a former university professor and LAUSD principal, co-founded the A-MAN International STEM Discovery Centers in Los Angeles County and subsequently in South Africa at the invitation of Nelson Mandela in 1997.  The Walkers are global educators, founders of the Cape Town Space Society, and recent recipients of the American Spirit Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Brian Monacelli, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

As an optical engineer at JPL, Dr. Monacelli is building the Mars 2020 Rover’s SHERLOC instrument that will be “Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals”.  He has developed nano-structured optical surfaces, hyper-spectral sensors, and adaptive optics systems. He is also a Laser Technology Instructor and Principal Investigator for the NSF, developing the optics technician workforce with partners across the Western United States.

John Moore, NSF Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Emeritus

Mr. Moore is the Executive Director of the Institute for Earth Observations (IEO), located at the 250-acre Palmyra Cove Nature Park in New Jersey. He is an emeritus NSF Einstein Fellow and NASA GLOBE Distinguished Fellow, currently collaborating on NSF “Integrating Undergraduate STEM Education” projects with partner schools, colleges and universities. Mr. Moore is a co-founder of CELESTE, the Centers for Experiential Learning in Environmental Science, Technology & Engineering.

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