LA/OC SMTA is Proud to Present an
Educational and Networking Event...
Chapter Dinner Meeting
Member Appreciation Night
Mars Rover Program
Mission Goals & Results
Charles J. Baker
Curiosity Mission Engineer
NASA / JPL
The exploration of Mars has never been
more active than at this moment. The Opportunity rover and three orbitersMars
Odyssey, Mars Express, and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) routinely
analyze the current and past states of the planets environment.
The Spirit rover forged a trail of discoveries leading into the heart
of hydrothermal processes in the early history of Mars. These recent
missions build systematically upon the earlier Mars Global Surveyor
orbiter mission and the Pathfinder proof-of-concept lander and rover
mission. Discoveries from Odyssey spawned the follow-up lander, Phoenix.
It is a remarkable achievement that each of these recent missions has
functioned so capably, performing well past their nominal operational
periods, all with spectacular results. But what really impresseswith
all the hardware in motion around Mars these daysis the high degree
of both tactical and strategic coordination among these missions, which
has propelled us ever closer to fathoming the broad range of environmental
processes that transformed the surface of Mars, beginning over 4 billion
Curiosity is the Latest & Largest Mars Rover. It is
a Mini-Cooper on Six Wheels carrying advanced science experiments.
Join us and learn more about this Amazing Curiosity Engineering &
Science Data Capability to date.
Chuck received his M.E. degree
in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado
in 2002. In December 2006, he joined NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory
located in Pasadena, CA where he works as a Flight Project Systems Engineer
and Flight Operations Engineer for the Mars Exploration Program Office
and Earth Science Mission Office. He has supported multiple flight projects
and concept studies such as the Mars Science Orbiter, Mars Sample Return,
Earth Climate Study missions such as SMAP, DESDynI and SWOT. He also
served as the Cruise Mission Planning Lead and Surface Flight Rules
Lead for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) during its Launch, Cruise,
Approach, and Surface operations. MSL successfully delivered the Curiosity
Rover to Mars on August 2012. Chuck subsequently served as a Flight
Operations Engineer for the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission
which is an Earth Climate Study mission planned for launch in 2014.
Chuck currently serves as supervisor
for the Instrument Technology for Special Applications Group
within the Instrument Systems Implementation and Concepts Section at
Thursday, May 18th, 2017
(3rd Thursday of the Month)
6:00PM, Social Hour
(Fee + 2.9% + .30 Processing Fee)
Does not Include Beverages
JT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery
2610 E. Katella Avenue
Anaheim, California 92806
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