The Apollo program's "giant leap" took a decade of intense preparation to accomplish, and required a huge support system back on Earth throughout. As NASA's leading center for robotic exploration and deep space communication, JPL's role in Apollo was primarily in robotic precursor missions that helped pave the way, and management of the Deep Space Network which relayed TV transmissions and provided an important backup communications capability.
This event will focus on understanding JPL's supporting role in one of humanity's greatest achievements.
This is a free event; no tickets or reservations are required.
About the SeriesThe Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, named after JPL's founder, and presented by JPL's Office of Communication and Education, brings the excitement of the space program's missions, instruments and other technologies to both JPL employees and the local community. Lectures take place twice per month, on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. The Thursday lectures take place in JPL's Theodore von Kármán Auditorium and are streamed live via Ustream, and Friday lectures take place in Caltech's Ramo Auditorium. Both start at 7:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free for all lectures. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.For more information, please contact the Caltech Ticket Office by phone at (626) 395-4652 or by email at email@example.com