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11 February 2007

David Spencer Talk This Week on Deep Impact Mission (Georgia Tech, 13 February 2007)

I will be at this talk on Tuesday at Georgia Tech and hopefully will post a summary. Note the next day, aerospace engineering undergraduate students will be presenting a mid-term report on their design projects for an Apophis science and transponder mission. I will attempt to summarize these projects as well this week.

Talk: Deep Impact Mission with Mr. David Spencer (JPL)

David Spencer will discuss the challenges faced by the Deep Impact mission team during development and flight operations, and the science results returned by the mission.

Tuesday, 13 February 2007, 3-4 pm Eastern
Clary Theatre
Bill Moore Student Success Center
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia

About the Deep Impact Project:
On July 4, 2005, the Deep Impact slammed a 372 kg impactor into comet Tempel-1 at a speed of more than 10 km/s, while the flyby spacecraft imaged the impact event and subsequent crater formation. The impact event was the climax of a six-year effort, in what became one of the highest-risk deep space missions yet flown by NASA and JPL. Deep Impact was the eighth in a series of low-cost, highly-focused space science investigations in NASA's Discovery Program. The mission was a partnership between the University of Maryland, the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation.

About Mr. David Spencer:
Mr David Spencer is currently the deputy project manager for the Phoenix Mars Lander. As the mission manager for the Deep Impact project, he was responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the flight team during development and operations. Prior to joining Deep Impact, he was the mission manager for the Mars Odyssey project, deputy manager of JPL's Flight System Section, and mission designer for Mars Pathfinder. Mr. Spencer has received two NASA Exceptional Achievement medals, and a NASA Exceptional Service medal. In 2004, he was given the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award from Purdue University. Mr. Spencer began working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1991, after receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue. He was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and now resides with his wife and two sons in La Canada Flintridge, California.



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