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July 13, 12:00-1:30, Summer Movie: The Changing Face of Mars

The JPL Library and Archives is screening a series of videos at the Hub during lunch time this Summer.   Beat the heat, bring your lunch, come to the Hub, and enjoy!

On July 13th, we are showing “The Changing Face of Mars”.

The Changing Face of Mars

Of all the planets in our solar system, Mars has always held the most fascination. — This is the story of the first pioneering missions to reach Mars and how each encounter resulted in surprise, dismay or delight for those who first took us there.

Since the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mariner 4 first visited the Red Planet in 1964, 38 more hopeful explorers around the world have been tasked with investigating Mars and challenging our beliefs about the mysterious planet. Only 15 of these missions have been successful, yet their findings have drastically altered our view of Mars.

This JPL – produced, 90-minute documentary is told through a mix of archival footage and interviews with the scientists and engineers who pioneered Mars exploration. It serves as the fourth installment of Baggett’s Beginnings of the Space Age documentary series chronicling the evolution of space exploration since the first rockets were launched into space.

For more information about the movie and other Library and  Archives resources and services, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200,  email library@jpl.nasa.gov., or leave a comment here.

July 1, 12:00-1:30, Career, Content and Networking for Engineers

Professional organizations such as IEEE can play an important role for an engineer’s work life, whether you are a student, Early Career Hire, or mid-career professional. George Plosker, IEEE Client Services Manager, will explores how professional organizations furthers its members careers via the provision of networking opportunities and on-going technical education.  Specific resources available to the JPL community and to IEEE members are described and demonstrated.  This talk will also touch on using IEEE Tools for job search.

There are several IEEE Fellows and Senior members among JPLers. All are welcome to stop by this session, and make it a real networking opportunity for all.

This session is sponsored by JPL Library. For questions and comments about JPL Library services and resources, please contact our Reference Desk at ext. 4-4200, email library@jpl.nasa.gov, or leave a comment here.

June 30, 12:00-1:30, Summer Movies: JPL Story 1959 & Explorer One

The JPL Library and Archives is screening a series of videos at the Hub during lunch time this Summer.   Beat the heat, bring your lunch, come to the Hub, enjoy!

On June 30th, we are showing “JPL Story 1959″ and “Explorer One”, a part of the “Beginning of the Space Age” series.

 JPL Story – 1959

This short film (9 min.) describes a multitude of JPL activities and research with historical and current scenes. It includes aerial of L.A., Rose Bowl, JPL & CIT. Plus early research, JATO, WAC Corporal, wind tunnel, DSIN, Echo and Explorer launch.

Explorer One

This document reveals how JPL and the U.S. Army could have been the first to place a satellite into Earth orbit, had they been given the chance. That opportunity was lost when the Eisenhower administration, unsure how the Soviet Union would react to a satellite launched under the aegis of the U. S. Army military, hesitated and assigned the project to a civilian-led program called Vanguard.  The Soviet launched Sputnik in October 1957, shocking the world and setting in motion the Cold War’s “Race for Space.” Only after the Vanguard rocked exploded on the launch p[ad were JPL and the U.S. Army given a chance. The result was 1958′s Explorer 1, the first successful U.S. satellite, which also delivered the first-ever scientific discovery from space.

 

Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at library@jpl.nasa.gov, ext 4-4200 for resources and services from the Library, Archives, and Records Section.

June 16, 12:00-1:30, Summer Movie: The American Rocketeer

The JPL Library and Archives is screening a series of videos at the Hub during lunch time this Summer.  Beat the heat, bring your lunch, come to the Hub, and enjoy!

On June 16th, we are showing “The American Rocketeer”.

 

The American Rocketeer

This video tells the little-known and controversial story of Frank Malina, how one man’s dreams and idealism changed his life, Caltech and the nation.

Today, space probes designed, built and managed within earshot of the first rocket firing on a desolate Southern California canyon wash have reached every planet in our solar system and peered well beyond its boundaries. Each probe carries on it the logo of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But more importantly, each probe carries with it the legacy of scientific and engineering excellence that began some three-quarters of a century ago in an isolated, scrub-strewn gulch northeast of Los Angeles.

On Halloween day in 1936, Malina led a ragtag group of amateur rocket enthusiasts to the Arroyo Seco, where they conducted their first stand-up rocket engine test that would lay the groundwork for the Lab’s founding. Malina’s personal letters, drawings and paintings reveal an extraordinary story of how JPL came to be. Though many other fascinating characters populate “The American Rocketeer,” at its core the film is a personal story of one man’s dream – and how his ideas and idealism put him on a collision course with the world.

 

Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at library@jpl.nasa.gov, ext 4-4200 for resources and services from the Library, Archives, and Records Section.