(November 14) Voyager 1 & 2: Humanity's Most Distant Explorers (w/ special notes on Uranus/Neptune

When:  Nov 14, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 1:10 PM (PT)
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Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10 AM


Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10 AM
43rd Anniversary of the Voyagers 1 & 2
Voyager 1 & 2: Humanity's Most Distant Explorers
with Special Notes on Neptune and Uranus
by
Todd Barber
AIAA Distinguished Lecturer
Senior Propulsion Engineer
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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The Voyager mission to the outer planets and interstellar space will be discussed in detail. Topics to be discussed include the incredible opportunity for a "grand tour" of the outer planets only encountered every 176 years and some true "postcards from the edge" at Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The interstellar mission and current status will also be highlighted as well, particularly the challenges of flying two geriatric spacecraft with a tiny flight team. Finally, the future of the mission and the Voyager Golden Record will be featured in some detail as well. Some special notes on the often-ignored Uranus and Neptune will also be provided.


Todd Barber is a JPL senior propulsion engineer, who worked as lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission to Saturn following part-time work on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission, Deep Impact mission, and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, which landed the large rover Curiosity on the red planet on August 5th, 2012. Cassini was launched on October 15, 1997 on its two-billion-mile, seven-year journey to the ringed planet. The MER team launched launch twin rovers to the red planet in June and July of 2003, and Opportunity is still going strong over nine years after landing. Todd also worked as the lead impactor propulsion engineer on Deep Impact, which successfully crashed into Comet Tempel-1 on Independence Day, 2005, at twenty-three-thousand miles per hour.

Mr. Barber worked on the Galileo project for over seven years and his primary responsibility was getting Galileo into Jupiter orbit on December 7, 1995. Todd also worked part-time on the Space Infra-Red Telescope Facility (SIRTF) mission and on the Stardust mission, as well as the Mars Sample Return mission and a Mars airplane study. Todd received NASA's Exceptional Achievement Award in 1996 for his work on Galileo. He also worked three years on the Deep Space One mission, the first NASA mission to use electric propulsion (a la “Star Trek”). This mission included flybys of a near-Earth asteroid, Braille, and a comet named Borrelly.

Mr. Barber is a native of Wichita, Kansas, and attended MIT between 1984 and 1990, obtaining B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering, with a humanities concentration in music. He is also a composer of church choral music, with two pieces published to date. His hobbies include singing charitably and professionally, playing the piano, visiting all the U.S. tri-state corners and national parks, playing basketball (though it’s been a while), and amateur astronomy.

Tentative Agenda
10:05 am: Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane (Welcome, AIAA LA LV Section Chair)
10:10 am: Todd Barber
11:40 am: (TBD)
01:10 pm: Adjourn
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