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Space Advocates: Applied Physics Laboratory Briefing

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

10:00AM - Donuts and Discussion

2325 Rayburn House Office Building

RSVP to john.shelton@mail.house.gov if you plan to come!

Please join us for the next meeting of Space Advocates on Tuesday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m. for an overview of the work done at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory. There will be coffee and donuts, and the briefing will be followed by a question and answer session.

Applied Physics Laboratory

Just in the last year, our spacecraft have scratched the surface of our Sun, and explored a part of our solar system four billion miles away – a billion miles farther than Pluto. We will soon be launching a spacecraft to explore Europa, an ocean moon orbiting Jupiter, complete with all the ingredients needed for life. We are designing another drone spacecraft to fly around Titan, an alien moon of Saturn complete with organic sand dunes and methane lakes – another world that could possibly support life. We are nearing the cusp of launching the world’s first planetary defense spacecraft to deflect an asteroid. These NASA missions are all happening in your backyard – right up the road at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Come join us and learn about how these missions are transforming our understanding of our solar system, and why this is so important.

Info on Our Speakers

Jason Kalirai, an astrophysicist and Mission Area Executive for Civil Space, joined APL in 2018. He leads the implementation of innovative and cost-effective solutions to critical civil space challenges by developing space science missions, instruments, and research programs. Prior to joining APL, Dr. Kalirai served as the multi-mission project scientist at NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute. He has published over 100 research papers on topics related to stellar and galactic evolution and was won numerous awards for his achievements. He is very active in STEM engagement and is a regular speaker at schools, festivals, and science centers to communicate space science to the next generation. He has a PhD in astrophysics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Dipak Srinivasan, a systems engineer and project manager at APL since 2000, is the communications manager for the Europa Clipper mission. He has served on missions all over our solar system, including the Sun, Mercury, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Pluto, and recently Ultima Thule, and has received several awards for his work. He has two Master’s degrees in electrical engineering and physics from Cornell and the Johns Hopkins Universities. He regularly gives STEM talks to schools across the USA, chairs the Deep-Space and Near-Earth communications session at the International Astronautical Congress, and serves on the Advisory Board for The Planetary Society.

For those of you new to the group, Space Advocates is a non-partisan, staff-led group that promotes awareness of space and aeronautical issues through monthly events and other efforts.