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Caltech Y Friends Dinner with Rob Manning

An Insider's Biography: Mars Rover Curiosity

The science and technology used in Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover is considered to be groundbreaking. It truly was, but it is also part of a continuing chain of innovation where every Mars mission relies on past missions for proven technologies and contributes it's own innovations to furure missions. Rob has been involved in the technical design of nearly every US Mars mission for past 20 years, and himself has become a part of the biography of Curiosity. Join us as he shares his personal account of cotinuing mission impossible.

Rob Manning

Rob Manning served as chief engineer of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) project that landed Curiosity Rover on August 5, 2012. He started working on Mars missions in the early 1990s as chief engineer for Mars Pathfinder and continues to work for past and future Mars missions. Rob graduated from Caltech in 1982 and inmediately joined JPL. "Mars Rover Curiosity: An Insider Account From Curiosity's Chief Engineer" was published in 2014.



Dinner Menu

First Course
Blue Cheese Wedge
Iceberg Letucce, Crisp Bacon, Shaved Red Onion, Tomato, Green Goddess Dressing

Citrus Marinated Salmon
Blood Orange Glaze, Lemon Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus


Chef's Seasonally Inspired Vegetarian Entrée

Fresh Berry Crème Brulee
Shortbread Cookie

Date: May 12, 2015
Time:6:00 PM
Place:The Athenaeum 551 South Hill Ave. Pasadena, Ca.


Regular Cost Friend/Student Cost
$75 per person $65 per person

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