Monthly Archives: November 2012

California Space Grant Consortium Project is One of Eleven Selected Among Thousands to Participate in Teleconference with Astronauts

On November 15th, the California Space Grant team attended a live video downlink between International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams and Flight Engineer Kevin Ford aboard the ISS, astronaut Leland Melvin at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and 9,500 students of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). The recorded webcast of the teleconference is available at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum USTREAM archive.
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Dr. Bob Lin 1942-2012

The California Space Grant Consortium sadly announces the passing of world-renowned experimental space physicist and Professor of Physics Robert (Bob) Lin on Saturday, November 17, 2012. Bob was Director of the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley and Campus Director for the California Space Grant Consortium until 2008. During this time he and his Space Science Lab colleagues mentored dozens of Space Grant students in several space-related projects. His research interests were broad, ranging from solar and heliospheric physics to lunar and planetary science. Bob’s primary interest was in how particles are accelerated to high energies in nature. According to a colleague, his greatest professional achievement was the RHESSI (Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager) satellite, which was launched in 2002. More recently Bob had been working with graduate and undergraduate students on CubeSats and balloon tests of a solar imager. We last saw Bob in 2010 when he gave the Jim Arnold Lecture at UC San Diego on “Magnetic Planets and How Mars Lost Its Atmosphere“. Bob is survived by his wife, Lily Lin, and stepson, Linus Sun.

Please click here for the UC Berkeley News Center obituary.

Distance Learning Tools Allow California Space Grant to Share Mars Science Laboratory with Underrepresented Youth at Rural High School

In addition to presenting a dynamic seminar at UC San Diego’s new Structural and Materials Engineering Presentation Lab on November 2, Brian Schratz of NASA/JPL’s Mars Science Laboratory also conducted a distance learning activity with a group of underrepresented high school students in rural San Diego County. Mountain Empire High School science teacher Roger Wynn and San Diego State University geologist Norrie Robbins led the efforts on the remote end, while the California Space Grant team assisted Brian at the UC San Diego site. Prior to connecting with the students via Skype, Mr. Wynn introduced the class to Mars via reading assignment while Dr. Robbins conducted a hands-on activity with the students.

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Mars Science Lab Seminar at UC San Diego

In early November the California Space Grant Consortium and the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination held a dynamic seminar with NASA/JPL’s Brian Schratz, lead engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) telecommunications team. Speaking to a packed auditorium in UC San Diego’s Structural & Materials Engineering Building Presentation Lab, Mr. Schratz described NASA’s past missions in the Mars Exploration Program, which found evidence for sustained interactions with liquid water, and the current MSL mission to explore a local region on Mars as a potential habitat for life, past or present.

Brian Schratz at UC San Diego

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