Virtual Public Lecture on Thursday, September 3
August 21, 2020
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites inquisitive adults interested in current topics in space science and exploration to join us for the first presentation in the 2020–2021 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series given by Dr. Cathy Olkin. Dr. Olkin will speak about the upcoming Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroids. The presentation will be held virtually on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Information for connecting to the presentation will be available on the series’ webpage.
The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series features some of the hottest topics in our solar system and beyond with the scientists who are making the discoveries. Olkin is a planetary scientist interested in icy outer solar system worlds. She is the Deputy Principal Investigator for NASA’s Lucy mission and the lead for the Ralph instrument on NASA’s New Horizons mission.
Over the next ten years, five spacecraft will launch into the solar system to explore ten incredibly diverse objects. This armada of spacecraft will set their sights on the Moon, Europa, Titan, and seven asteroids. The 2020-2021 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series, “To the Moon, asteroids, and beyond: The coming decade of solar system exploration,” features scientific leaders of these exciting missions, each describing how their mission will contribute to our growing, ever-changing knowledge of the solar system.
2020–2021 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series
|September 3, 2020||Dr. Cathy Olkin, Southwest Research Institute
Lucy mission to Trojan Asteroids
|October 15, 2020||Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Arizona State University
Psyche: Journey to a Metallic World
|November 12, 2020||Dr. Jennifer Heldmann, NASA Ames Research Center
VIPER mission to the Moon
|Winter 2021||Europa Clipper mission
|Winter/Spring 2021||Dragonfly mission to Titan