Exploring the Earth, Solar System and Beyond

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Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre

King Edward Terrace

Parkes, ACT 2600

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NASA and JPL are pushing the boundaries of space exploration with ever more ambitious missions exploring Earth, the Solar System and Beyond.

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FREE PUBLIC TALK

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) designs, builds and operates spacecraft and instruments to explore our Earth, the solar system and the universe.

JPL Deputy Director, Larry James' presentation will highlight the latest accomplishments and results of NASA's missions orbiting the earth and exploring Mars, Jupiter, the asteroids and interstellar space.

He’ll also discuss upcoming missions to measure changes to the Earth’s surface and ocean levels, explore Mars with a new rover, visit an all metal asteroid, explore Europa (a moon of Jupiter), and look for planets around other stars.

The talk will also highlight the critical capabilities of NASA’s Deep Space Network and the work done at the site at Tidbinbilla outside Canberra.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

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LARRY D. JAMES - JPL Deputy Director

Larry D. James was appointed Deputy Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in August 2013. At JPL he is the Laboratory's Chief Operating Officer responsible to the Director for the day-to-day management of JPL's resources and activities. This includes managing the Laboratory's solar system exploration, Mars, astronomy, physics, Earth science, interplanetary network programs, and all business operations. These activities employ 5000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and business support personnel, generating $1.5 billion in annual revenues.

Prior to his retirement from the Air Force and his appointment as JPL Deputy Director, Lt. Gen. James was the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance at the Pentagon. He was responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight, and leadership of Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. As the Air Force's Senior Intelligence Officer he was directly responsible to the Director of National Intelligence and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and led more than 20,000 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance officers, enlisted and civilians across the Air Force ISR Enterprise.

Lt. Gen. James received his Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering (1978) from the US Air Force Academy (Distinguished Graduate) and his Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics (1983) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA. He was also a Draper Fellow at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge MA.

James' 35 year military career included assignments as a Space Shuttle Payload Specialist, GPS Program Manager, Titan IV Launch Director and Commander of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever AFB, CO. James has also served on the staffs of US Space Command, Air Force Space Command, and HQ Air Force. He was commander of the 14th Air Force at Vandenberg AFB, responsible for all military satellite, launch and C2 operations, and was Director, Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition and Operations Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office, Washington, D.C. He was the Director, Space Forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom at the Combined Air Operations Center, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia.

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Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre

King Edward Terrace

Parkes, ACT 2600

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