SPEAK 2 a SCIENTIST
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre provides this tremendous platform for public and scientists to engage around current, controversial and ground breaking scientific affairs. Giving our public a behind the scenes first-class pass to current scientific research topics. These engaging evening talks are set to inspire rigorous scientific discussions amongst the audience, starting at 18h30 to 20h00 on the following dates
On 15 September 2017, NASA sent its Cassini spacecraft plunging into the atmosphere of Saturn, by choice. But why, when 20 years after launch, Cassini was still returning reliable scientific data and countless images?
The Cassini spacecraft, and its probe Huygens, was a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency that changed our view of the Solar System and where to search for potential life beyond Earth. Its enormous collection of data about Saturn - the giant planet, its magnetosphere, rings and moons - will continue to yield new discoveries for decades to come.
Recently featured on Carte Blanche, NASA Deputy Chief Technologist (Ret.), Jim Adams, returns to Sci-Bono Discovery Centre to tell the story of -, and answer questions about, one of the most enigmatic missions of our generation.
About Jim Adams
Jim Adams retired as NASA’s Deputy Chief Technologist (Ret.) in September 2016 to focus on encouraging young and emerging scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs to think creatively.
He served in NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC from 2012, where he was responsible for the management of the Office of the Center Chief Technologist and Center Technology Transfer Office at each NASA field centre.
Jim came to the Office of the Chief Technologist from the agency’s Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, where he served as the Deputy Director of the Planetary Science Division, overseeing the Discovery, Lunar Science, Mars and New Frontiers programmes as well as the development of several key technologies. Prior to his assignment at NASA Headquarters, he served at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland in several capacities.
Jim’s 26-year career at NASA saw him work on over 30 successful space missions. He was also the recipient of three NASA medals recognising exceptional service and leadership, including NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal.
Jim holds a BSc in Physics from Westminster College and a MSc in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University.
This talk is supported by Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa.
(Credit: SKA SA/Luigi Bennett Photography)
5 October 2017
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
17:30 for 18:00
4 October to Cynthia.Mohohlo@sci-bono.co.za