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July 30, 2:00-2:45, 3D Printing, Interns, and Innovation

The 3-D printers at the Hub have been buzzing this Summer, several interns have been using them extensively. The finished products range from curious to amazing. Mary Bessell with the Planetary Surface Instruments Group, and Juliana Martinez with IT Technology and Innovation Group will present what they have been exploring with the technology and what they have accomplished. Others are welcome to join in the conversation.

This session will be held on the South side of the Hub (111-104), in front of the 3D printers.

July 28, 12:00-1:00, Summer Movie: The Stuff of Dreams

The Stuff of Dreams

In late 2013, JPL’s Voyager 1 spacecraft reached the space between the stars—the first time a human-made object has ever gone beyond the breath of our sun’s wind. What is more is that, this is not the first “first” record that Voyager has made. Since their commencement in 1977, the twin Voyager spacecraft have made numerous “firsts”. However, what isn’t widely known is that the project almost never got off the ground.

Written, produced and directed by Blaine Baggett, JPL’s Director for Communications and Education, “The Stuff of Dreams” describes the challenges mission managers and the lab had to face developing and launching the twin Voyager spacecraft and operating them during the encounters with Jupiter and Saturn. Through first-hand accounts of those who were there, the film shows how the mission and JPL survived times of uncertainty and debate about the future of the U.S. space program and managed to fly the smartest robots of that age on the most ambitious planetary tour ever designed.

July 22, 4:00-5:00 PM, JPL Stories: Larry James

JPL Stories Presents:

The Early Days of GPS: My Time as a Shuttle Payload Specialist

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Presented by: Larry James, JPL Deputy Director

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM

@ the HUB, Building 111-104

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GPS (Global Positioning System) is now an indispensable worldwide utility. However, the early days of GPS were both technically and politically challenging. Larry was selected as the Air Force Shuttle Payload Specialist to fly with the first operational GPS satellite. Come hear about the growth of GPS, the Payload Specialist program, and the impact the Challenger disaster had on the overall program.

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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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July 21, 12:00-1:00, Summer Movie: Destination Moon

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, we are showing “Destination Moon” on July 21st at the Hub.

Destination Moon

“Destination Moon” is the third in the trio of documentaries about the beginnings of the space age. It documents JPL’s ambitious plan to beat the Soviet Union in robotic space exploration by reaching not only for the moon, but also Earth’s neighboring planets Venus and Mars. But as the hour-long episode documents, JPL would be humbled by a series of failures in attempting to merely hit the moon, let alone visit other planets. “We didn’t know what we were doing,” one veteran JPL engineer confides, “and there was no one around to tell us.” This film shows how JPL did learn to go to the moon and to Venus, bestowing on the United States as a true “First in 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.