NASA Engineer Shares Love of Space With City Club

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Todd Barber, a senior propulsion engineer at NASA’s JPL facility in La Cañada Flintridge, talks about his work on the Voyager program and other space exploration missions during the San Marino City Club’s meeting last week.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Todd Barber, a senior propulsion engineer at NASA’s JPL facility in La Cañada Flintridge, talks about his work on the Voyager program and other space exploration missions during the San Marino City Club’s meeting last week.

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”