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Teresa R Bailey

Phone: 4-9233

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On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 4:00-5:00 PM Justin (Jay) Rennilson, JPL and CIT Senior Research Fellow, retired, will present:

The First Controlled Landing on a Celestial Body

50 years ago this month a lonely spacecraft sat on the lunar surface, surprised by it’s success, as it scanned the distant landscape looking at rocks, craters and the sky above. The success of the Surveyor 1 controlled landing satisfied NASA that Apollo could land safely on the lunar surface with humans onboard. JPL, together with Hughes Space Systems, had overcome many problems to put that spacecraft on the moon. The story of that historic event has many interesting twists! Come hear Jay Rennilson, one of the original co-investigators on Surveyor’s Television experiment, recall those heady times.

JPL Stories is organized by the JPL Library, Archives and Records. For additional questions, please contact the reference desk at or call ext. 4-4200.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a JPL Story?
An informal talk about a JPL project or series of event, usually giving a personal perspective or reminiscence about the experience.Who are the storytellers?
Any JPL employee that has an interesting story to tell about his or her JPL experience.What is the format of a JPL Story?
We try to keep the program as flexible as possible and include a cross section of storytellers from the JPL community. Stories can take place in the past, present or future; they can be historical or make believe; and they can be light-hearted or serious.What is the purpose of the JPL Story Program?
They’re an effective way to communicate and understand an organization’s culture and can help employees develop a sense of organizational identity. Stories offer an approach different from the more formal lectures, seminars and town halls we have at JPL – they offer another way to be a part of the discussion.Are the stories recorded?
With the storyteller’s permission, we make a videorecording of each story. These are available for viewing from Teresa Bailey, x4-9233, teresa.r.bailey@jpl.nasa.govHow can I participate?
Please contact Teresa Bailey, x4-9233,