Gunnar F. Lindal passed away on Jan. 17 at the age of 81 due to natural causes. He was born on March 24, 1936, in Oslo, Norway.
Gunnar came to the U.S. in 1961 to attend Stanford University on a scholarship. In 1964, he received his doctorate’s degree in electrical engineering. He worked at Stanford as a post doctoral fellow from 1964 to 1969. From 1969 to 1992, he worked at JPL as a senior research scientist and lived in La Cañada Flintridge. Gunnar participated in unmanned space missions, including the Voyager Grand Tour, and received two gold medals from NASA for his outstanding contributions. After he retired from JPL in 1992, he and his wife moved to Malibu.
Gunnar was dedicated to his family and his work. He is fondly remembered for his intelligence and brilliant mind. Gunnar F. Lindal is survived by his wife of 55 years, Wendy Lindal of Malibu; his son, John Lindal of La Cañada Flintridge; and his granddaughter.
It’s not often that a clear path to a future career opens up for a high school student, but Sequoyah High School junior Louise Siskel made the most of that chance when it presented itself to her earlier this year.
The 17-year-old Siskel, who has lived in San Marino the past five years, now gets to conduct a scientific experiment at a NASA facility based on a research proposal she and another high school student concocted during NASA’s GeneLab for High School program. A family friend had first made Siskel aware of the opportunity. Continue reading “San Marino Girl Experiments at NASA GeneLab”
“The Astronomer’s Dream” will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. This program is part of Caltech’s Science Saturday series.
This film is a journey through a computer graphic visualization of space, based on data obtained by NASA satellites.
Anna Ho, a Caltech planetary astronomy graduate student, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.
Tickets are $10 (general admission) and can be purchased at the Caltech Ticket Office, 1200 E. California Blvd., and at the Beckman Auditorium Box Office beginning one hour before the event.
Beckman Auditorium is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave. in Pasadena. For information, call the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652.
Through freshman George Kamar’s pair of special safety glasses, Monday’s solar eclipse looked “a little like Pac-Man.”
It reminded senior Anthony Khalil of “a doughnut about to be eaten.”
Seventh-grader Irina Penanen described it as “the sun, with a slice out of it.”
In sync with campuses across the nation, students at La Cañada High School covered their eyes with “eclipse glasses” — 250 of which were donated by Jet Propulsion Laboratory — and peered skyward as the morning cooled slightly and its light gradually dimmed as the moon’s shadow grew on the Earth.
Students at Alverno Heights Academy recently hosted Susan G. Finley, the longest-serving woman in NASA who has been employed at JPL since 1958.
At 21, Finley left Scripps College to become an engineer with a thermodynamics group at Convair in Pomona. Like most women of her generation, Finley took time off at the beginning of her career to raise a family. Then, in 1958, she took a position at JPL.
Her job required trajectory computations for rocket launches. In 1962, it was Finley’s calculation that showed that Ranger 3 missed the moon by 22,000 miles. Through her career, Finley contributed to JPL’s missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, in the Ranger, Mariner, Pioneer, Viking and Voyager programs. Continue reading “Alverno Heights Hosts Susan Finley, Pioneer at JPL”
A story has gained traction in recent days regarding a Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist’s experience with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The incident occurred Jan. 30, four days after the now-frozen executive order limiting travel into the country. Continue reading “Customs Agents Stop U.S.-Born JPL Scientist”