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June 15, 12:00-1:00, Summer Movies: Explorer One

May 26th, 2016

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 15th, we are showing “Explorer One”, a part of the “Beginning of the Space Age” series.

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 8, 12:00-1:30, Summer Movie: The American Rocketeer

May 26th, 2016

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 8th, 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.

June 8, 4:00-5:00 PM, JPL Stories: Julie Webster

May 24th, 2016

JPL Stories Presents:

Cassini’s Blaze of Glory Part II:
What will it take to get to the Grand Finale?
– and not too early!

Presented by: Julie Webster, Cassini Spacecraft Operations Manager

Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 4:00-5:00 PM

@ the HUB, Building 111-104

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Cassini’s Grand Finale is scheduled for September 15, 2017. But the ending really starts in late 2016 when Cassini’s orbit trajectory is changed to fly just outside Saturn’s “F” ring for 22 weeks. Then one final flyby of Titan moves the spacecraft inside Saturn’s rings for another 22 weeks – until its final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere. What will it take to fly the Cassini spacecraft below the dusty rings, but above the atmosphere? How do we keep the spacecraft safe until the end? Come and hear the engineering challenges that will accompany the great science of the Grand Finale!

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The JPL Stories program, sponsored by the Library, Archives, and Records Section, celebrates the Lab’s unique environment and history, and provides an informal way for JPLers to share their stories with each other. For more information about the JPL Stories series, if you have a JPL story to tell, or if you have suggestions for future stories, contact Teresa Bailey, x49233.

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May 20, 9:00-4:00, Desk Copy Exchange

May 4th, 2016

The next Desk Copy Exchange is scheduled for May 20, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Hub.

The JPL Library receives returned “desk copies” and occasional book donations from employees.  After adding the appropriate ones to the library’s collection, there are duplicate copies and slightly out-of-scope books remaining.  The “Desk Copy Exchange” is for all JPLers; come take a look and provide a new home to the books so that they are useful again!

There are books on sciences, engineering, business management, and computer applications.   The Exchange will be held on May 20th, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, or until all these books find new homes, whichever first.