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Cosmic Musings Lecture - The New Jupiter: Early Results from Mission Juno
November 20th, 2017 7:30pm
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Cosmic Musings Lecture Series presented by United Airlines.



The Juno spacecraft - the first space mission to operate a solar-powered spacecraft at Jupiter - has been orbiting since July 4, 2016. Passing within a few thousand kilometers of the giant planet for a few hours every 53 days, Juno has been taking the highest resolution images of Jupiter in history. The data collected so far have revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, and of giant planets in general. Dr. Steve Levin, Project Scientist for the Juno spacecraft, will present some of Juno’s current science results on the planet's origins, interior structure, deep atmosphere, and magnetosphere, then discuss the science expected from Juno in the coming years.



LEFT TO RIGHT: Dr. Steve Levin | Jupiter's south pole, as seen by NASA's Juno. The oval features are cyclones. Multiple images taken with the JunoCam instrument on three separate orbits were combined to show all areas in daylight, enhanced color, and stereographic projection. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles | This striking Jovian vista was created by citizen scientists using data from the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The tumultuous Great Red Spot is fading from Juno's view while the dynamic bands of the southern region of Jupiter come into focus. Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran


 DR. STEVE LEVIN has worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1990. During that time, his research interests have included the light left over from the Big Bang (Cosmic Microwave Background), the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), measuring magnetic fields in star-forming regions, looking for near-Earth asteroids, and modeling radio emission from Jupiter’s radiation belts. He has done radio astronomy from large radio telescopes, mountain top research stations, the South Pole, high-altitude balloons, and spacecraft. Additionally, he is currently the Lead Scientist for the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope project (GAVRT), in which students learn about science by doing real science. He is also an elected member of the board of education in Culver City, California, where he lives with his wife and 3 children.


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