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Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory announces its seventh year of the Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series - named in honor of JPL's founder. Von Kármán's pioneering efforts in rocket development and propulsion research, and the subsequent emergence of JPL, helped to pave the way for the future of aeronautics and astronautics.

The von Kármán Lecture Series, presented by JPL's Office of Communications and Education, brings the excitement of the space program's missions, instruments and technologies to the local community and webcast viewers nationwide. A different lecture is held each month in two locations: JPL and Pasadena City College (PCC). Thursday lectures are held at JPL's von Kármán Auditorium and are available in a live and later archived webcast. Friday lectures are held at PCC's Vosloh Forum. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. The lectures are free and seating on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, call (818) 354-0112 or email


2004 Lecture Series Season

Jan. 16
   Topic: The Northridge Earthquake -- Ten Years After

Feb. 19 & 20
   Topic: Artificial Life: Life NOT As We Know It

Mar. 18 & 19
   Topic: Return to Sender: The Stardust Sample Return Mission

Apr. 15 & 16
   Topic: Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Control in Space

May 20 & 21
   Topic: Step by Step, Robotically at the Red Planet

Jun. 10 & 11
   Topic: Finding Planets and Searching for Life: Worthy Goals for 21st Century Science

Jul. 15 & 16
   Topic: The Rings of Saturn

Aug. 19 & 20
   Topic: The Orbiting Carbon Observatory: Understanding Atmospheric CO2 and its Impact on Climate Change

Sep. 16 & 17
   Topic: Catching a Piece of the Sun: The Genesis Sample Return Mission

Oct. 14 & 15
   Topic: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter: An Unprecedented Look at Mars

Nov. 18 & 19
   Topic: To See or Not to See... Tools for Early Detection, Diagnosis and Prevention of Eye Disorders in Space and on Earth

Dec. 9 & 10
   Topic: Peering into the Universe: Discoveries with the Keck Interferometer

Click here for the 2003 lecture schedule and archived webcasts.

For the 2001 lecture schedule and archived webcasts, please contact Audio Visual Services at 818.354.6170.

For the >2002 lecture schedule and archived webcasts, please contact Audio Visual Services at 818.354.6170.

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