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Caltech Y Presents

Dr. Charles Elachi

"The Golden Age of Exploration"

JPL missions have visited every planet in our Solar System. Over the last fifteen years, three rovers have explored Mars in coordination with a number of orbiters. Samples have been brought back from a comet tail and the solar wind. Saturn and its satellites have been studied extensively with Cassini. Planets around neighboring stars were discovered. Many new insights in our planet’s environment have been acquired.
Dr. Elachi will describe, from first-hand experience, the excitement and impact of these discoveries and the challenges and risks for the next 15 years.

Dr. Charles Elachi

Dr. Charles Elachi is a Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science at Caltech. From 2001 to 2016, he served as the director of JPL and vice president of Caltech. During his more than four decades at JPL, he led a team that pioneered the use of space-based radar imaging of the Earth and the planets, served as principal investigator on a number of NASA-sponsored studies and flight projects, authored more than 230 publications in the fields of active microwave remote sensing and electromagnetic theory. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Carl Sagan Award (2011), the American Astronautical Society Space Flight Award (2005), the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (2004, 2002, 1994), and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal (1999).



Dinner Menu

First Course
Pan Crusted Goat Cheese Salad

Salmon en Croute


Chef's Seasonally Inspired Vegetarian Entrée

Blueberry Lemon Trifle

Date: April 20, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: The Athenaeum 551 South Hill Ave. Pasadena, CA


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