The theme of this year's Summer Science Saturday was Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite! The day-long event, held on July 20, featured great kids activities like making paper rockets and planispheres, building volcanoes (like those on Io), and learning about physics, spectroscopy, robots, rockets, and so much more. The OSIRIS-Rex Ambassadors helped to cool off the crowd with asteroid ice cream, handmade by each guest.
This summer, LPL graduate students, led by Rob Zellem, worked with the UA College of Science to develop and organize the Starlight Science Cinema concept. Starlight Science Cinema features free science-themed movies screened outdoors on the UA campus, hosted by UA scientists who talk about their research, conduct a Q & A about the movie's premise, and, when appropriate, debunk the films' scientific themes.
Although Tucson area residents are aware of the things that people at LPL have done, they seldom identify them with LPL, but are more likely to think they’ve been done by “NASA” or “Kitt Peak.” In an attempt to raise awareness of LPL itself among community leaders, Dan Cavanagh, the Chair of the LPL External Advisory Board, arranged with the staff of U.S.
Orbiting Ray Bradbury's Mars: Biographical, Anthropological, Literary, Scientific and Other Perspectives
Edited by Gloria McMillan
McFarland Publishers, 2013.
by Gloria McMillan
With regret, we forward the news that two long-time LPL staffers recently passed away.
Sam Clapp died on August 26, 2013. Sam was a project manager who worked on numerous spaceflight missions at LPL.
Ron James was an instrument maker/designer for LPL and Steward. He also passed away in August 2013.
LPL extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sam and Ron.
Former longtime LPL staff member Tom Teska passed away on March 15, 2013. Tom was the Manager for Mike Drake's Microprobe Lab from the early 1970s until 1998, when he retired.