Plans are continuing to move forward for a July 5 “Hometown Parade” — as it is being dubbed by the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce — and is seen as somewhat of a substitute for the annual Fiesta Days Parade, which is typically held on Memorial Day.
Traditionally, the LCF Chamber is the organizer and presenting sponsor of the Fiesta Days weekend celebration.
La Cañada Flintridge resident Brian Muirhead, the chief architect for NASA’s Mars Sample Return operation, has his eyes set on the Red Planet.
The Mars Sample Return, according to the NASA-JPL website, is a proposed mission to bring samples from the surface of Mars to Earth. The mission would use robotic systems and a Mars ascent rocket to collect and send samples of Martian rocks, soils and atmosphere to Earth for detailed chemical and physical analysis. Continue reading “LCF Scientist Takes Lead on Mars Mission”
La Cañada Flintridge’s influence was clearly on display at the Creative Arts Emmy event last weekend. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory won an Emmy for outstanding original interactive program for NASA’s InSight Mars mission on NASA TV, while LCF resident Craig Mazin’s HBO drama “Chernobyl” took home seven awards. Continue reading “NASA-JPL, ‘Chernobyl’ Win Creative Arts Emmys”
Todd Barber, the curious 8th-grader in Wichita, Kansas, who was visiting his grandmother’s home one weekend, stumbled upon an issue of National Geographic magazine that had featured the then-recent launch of Voyagers 1 and 2 toward our solar system’s gas and ice giants.
Barber, speaking before the San Marino City Club last week as NASA JPL’s senior propulsion engineer, said that was the beginning of his path to the present day, when he spends his time at the office supporting the Voyager mission that continues more than four decades later.
“As soon as I saw that in 8th grade, I said, ‘This is my destiny,’” Barber told the audience. “I’ve been here 28½ years. I worked seven years on Galileo. I followed that up with 21 years on Cassini. Unbelievably, 41 years after launch, that 8th-grade boy made his childhood dream of working on the Voyager project.” Continue reading “NASA Engineer Shares Love of Space With City Club”