JPL Has Jobs for Non-Scientists Too, Workers Tell Students

You don’t have to be a scientist or engineer to work at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Attendees at a recent STEAM event at La Cañada High School learned from NASA JPL employees that there are numerous kinds of jobs for people with varied talents at the national research facility that, as its website says, carries out Earth science and robotic space missions. Continue reading “JPL Has Jobs for Non-Scientists Too, Workers Tell Students”

Faith Comes Easily to Explorer of Heavens

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Dave Gallagher of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was the keynote speaker for this year’s YMCA of the Foothills’ prayer breakfast.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Dave Gallagher of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was the keynote speaker for this year’s YMCA of the Foothills’ prayer breakfast.

He may be engaged in the hunt for cold, hard facts about the universe in his expansive work for Jet Propulsion Laboratory, but Dave Gallagher is also a seeker of spirituality.
Gallagher, associate director for strategic integration overseeing strategy, technology and formulation at the NASA facility, shared his search for a greater good at the YMCA of the Foothills’ annual prayer breakfast, where food, faith and positive outreach are served up simultaneously. Continue reading “Faith Comes Easily to Explorer of Heavens”

Spacecraft’s ‘Grand Finale’ Launches LCF Residents to an Emmy

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Holding the Emmy statuette, producer, host and writer Gay Yee Hill is flanked by Cassini project manager Earl Maize and navigation team chief Duane Roth.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Holding the Emmy statuette, producer, host and writer Gay Yee Hill is flanked by Cassini project manager Earl Maize and navigation team chief Duane Roth.

It was called the “Grand Finale.” After exploring Saturn for 13 years, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ran out of fuel and was intentionally crashed, amid live coverage.
But no fewer than three La Cañada Flintridge residents who worked on the project were among Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers who experienced yet another big finish — sharing in an Emmy Award for original interactive program for coverage of Cassini’s spectacular dive, in which the spacecraft sent data back to Earth even in its final seconds, more than a year ago. Continue reading “Spacecraft’s ‘Grand Finale’ Launches LCF Residents to an Emmy”

JPL Hosts ‘Inspiring Visit’ by VP Pence

Photos courtesy NASA/Bill Ingalls
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gives commands to a rover nicknamed “Scarecrow” as (from left) NASA Mars Exploration manager Li Fuk, Mars Curiosity Engineering Operations team chief Megan Lin, JPL Director Michael Watkins and daughter of Mike Pence, Charlotte Pence look on Saturday.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was in the neighborhood Saturday, touring Jet Propulsion Laboratory before heading to a series of stops elsewhere in Southern California.
After his visit to the NASA campus, Pence tweeted: “Inspiring visit to Jet Propulsion Laboratory! Thanks to the team at @NASAJPL for your leadership in unmanned space exploration since 1957! Under @POTUS Trump. America is leading in space again!” Continue reading “JPL Hosts ‘Inspiring Visit’ by VP Pence”

Obituary: Gunnar F. Lindal

March 24, 1936 – Jan. 17, 2018

Gunnar F. Lindal

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.

 

San Marino Girl Experiments at NASA GeneLab

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”

‘Astronomer’s Dream’ Presented at Caltech

“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.

Solar Eclipse Dazes Young Gazers

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.

Freshman George Kamar said Monday’s solar eclipse looked “like Pac-Man.”

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LCHS Students Graduate From Space Program

Photo by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK
This year’s graduates of the La Cañada High School Jet Propulsion Laboratory Science Academy include Lucas Chmielewski (front row, from left), Lucille Park, Natalie Petrosian, Breanna Chan, Cassie Park, Mia LeClere, Kushal Kolli, Derek Hu, Gregory Pan and Art Chmielewki. Back: Harry Coleman, Principal Ian McFeet, Andre Varatanians, Shivam Patel, Hakob Shamilian, Cameron Cheung, Ryan Chen, Nicholas Lysek, Shaan Sandhu, Harrison Min, Miles Yun and Nate Fulmer. Since 2014, the prorgram has offered students the opportunity to practically apply engineering, science and business lessons in a way that mirrors NASA projects.