Kate Otto, Program ChairOur next meeting will be on Monday, February 4, at 8:00 p.m. in Peyton Hall on the Princeton University Campus. Our speaker this month will be Dr. Jim Green, who will present a lecture entitled “The Revolution in Planetary Science.”
Fifty years ago NASA had launched its first successful planetary spacecraft. Virtually everything we knew about the solar system, up to that time, came from ground-based telescope observations or the analysis of meteorites. NASA literally invented planetary science that allowed us to reveal many of the wonders of the solar system. This talk will give a brief glimpse of this fantastic journey.
As Director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division since 2006, Dr. Green is eminently qualified to discuss the latest discoveries about our Solar System. He received his Ph.D. in Space Physics from the University of Iowa in 1979. Since then, he has headed several data centers responsible for providing scientists with rapid access to data, other scientists, and NASA computers and information. While at Goddard Space Flight Center, Dr. Green was a co-investigator and the Deputy Project Scientist on the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) mission. He has written over 100 scientific articles about the Earth’s and Jupiter’s magnetospheres and over 50 technical articles on data systems and networks. Dr. Green has received numerous awards including the 1988 Arthur S. Flemming award for outstanding individual performance in the federal government and Japan’s 1996 Kotani Prize in recognition of his international science data management activities.