JPL Open House, Part 2.

There is just too much good stuff at JPL.  I still haven’t gotten through everything and I have gone three times already.

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Another scale model spacecraft.  This is of Herschel a collaboration between JPL, NASA and the ESA and was and the largest infrared telescope ever launched.  Last year Herschel’s liquid helium (used to cool the instruments and see cosmic IR) ran out ending the mission.

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Instruments from the Spiztez Infrared space telescope are demonstrated on a family.  Although Spitzer’s coolant ran out like Herschel’s, two short-wavelength modules are still operable and continue to be used.

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The engineer for the new starshade spacecraft gave us an overview of the technical difficulties she is facing working on this spacecraft and its search for extra-solar planets.

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This was by far the most intriguing exhibit to me.  This group is using low cost, everyday equipment to hunt for ex0-planets.  I think I have everything needed to join the hunt!  I am going to do a whole post on this because of the fantastic opportunity for citizen scientists to discover new worlds!  I almost had to be dragged away from this exhibit.

More to come.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

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