Explore Space: Come to Alumni College on Saturday, August 25

This summer Curiosity is landing on Mars.

Launched 35 years ago, Voyager is now approaching the extreme outer reaches of our solar system.

We're building the biggest and best telescopes the world has ever seen.

Join us for this year's Alumni College when we take an intense, day-long look into space exploration, Caltech/JPL-style. We'll be greeted by JPL's current director Charles Elachi, and hear talks by these Caltech professors:

  • Ed Stone, former director of JPL and project scientist for the Voyager missions, on the missions' success and findings
  • Fiona Harrison, principal investigator of NASA's NuSTAR, on the space-based, high-energy x-ray telescope launching in June
  • Sergio Pellegrino, JPL senior scientist, on building space telescopes
  • John Grotzinger, chief scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory, on MSL's early results, just three weeks after the rover's landing on Mars

The full day begins with a continental breakfast, and concludes with an end-of-day al fresco cocktail reception and buffet dinner with a keynote talk on Mars's big secret by "Pluto-Killer" Caltech professor Mike Brown. Speakers and attendees will mingle during breaks between the lectures and at lunch.

Caltech's Alumni College is a 15-year tradition presented by the Caltech Alumni Association, focused each year on a specific theme. The event gives alumni and guests an opportunity to attend talks by, and interact with, Caltech researchers at the leading edges of their fields.

Alumni College is an opportunity for you and your guests to hear directly from our faculty, ask questions, and also reconnect with your fellow alumni and friends. We hope to see you there!

 For more details on Alumni College 2012, please visit alumnicollege.caltech.edu.