Next section event : Thurs., September 18, 2014
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DATE:                THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014


NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was launched on August 25, 2003 from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Base.  Drifting in a unique Earth-trailing orbit around the Sun, Spitzer sees an optically invisible universe dominated by dust and stars.

Spitzer is a technological marvel, featuring many innovations never before used on a space mission. It may seem like a contradiction, but Spitzer needs to be simultaneously "cold" and "warm" to function properly.

BIOGRAPHY – Dr. Michael Werner

Dr. Michael Werner is the Project Scientist for the Spitzer Space Telescope and also the Chief Scientist for Astronomy and Physics at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He has been an active researcher in infrared astronomy for over 35 years, studying star formation, the interstellar medium and the central regions of our Galaxy. He has served as Spitzer Project Scientist since 1984 and was one of the leaders of the evolution of Spitzer from a shuttle-attached payload into the elegant free-flying observatory now operating successfully in an Earth-trailing solar orbit. Werner was named the 2006 George Darwin lecturer by the Royal Astronomical Society in recognition of the success of Spitzer and is also the recipient of two NASA Outstanding Leadership medals. He graduated from Haverford College in 1963 with a B.A. in physics and received a PhD in Astronomy from Cornell University in 1968.

Beckham Grill Restaurant, 77 W. Walnut, Pasadena, CA
6 p.m. Social Hour
p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Program/Talk

The dinner meeting is open to both AIAA and non-AIAA members.
Cost :  
$25 for AIAA members (and one guest at member price), $30 for non-members, $10 for students, and FREE to members attending for the first time. Please pay cash at the door.

New:  Limited number of spots are available for those wishing to attend the meeting without purchasing dinner. The price is $10.

For RSVPs please email:
Please include your name, names of your guests, and AIAA membership status in your RSVP.

Additional Events:

The Engineers' Council

TechCon2014 - Call for Papers

Abstract Deadline:  September 6, 2014


Conference will take place on Sept. 27, 2014, at Glendale Community College

Sample of Previous Dinner Meetings:
May 2014: Joe Caravella, Design and Development of an "Affordable" Roadable Aircraft
March 2014: Aeroscraft, Dragon Dream Airship
January 2014: Weather and Climate on Mars - New Insights from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
November 2013: Steve Isakowitz, Your Ticket to Space
October 2013: Sandy Magnus, former US astronaut: Perspectives from Space
October 2013: Tech Talk on 3D printing, aka Additive Manufacturing
August 2013:  Mysteries of Europa
May 2013:  Gen. Tattini, Deputy Director of JPL: Reflections on My Last 12 Years at JPL
March 2013:  Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS)
January 2013:  Is Global Warming the Real Deal? Are You Skeptical?
November 2012:  Mars InSight Mission
September 2012:  The 21st Century Conquest of Space
May 2012:  Installing Seismometers Around Every Corner: What can they tell us?
March 2012:  This Way to Mars: How Technologies Borrowed from Robotic Missions Could Deliver Astronauts to Deep Space
January 2012:  Mars Science Laboratory
November 2011: 
Rainbow and Gusto: Stealth and the Design of the Lockheed Blackbird

September 2011: The Future of NASA's Human Spaceflight Program
May 2011: Miniaturization Technologies for Space Exploration & Their Crossover Applications
March 2011: Simulating Impact Performance of Structures
January 2011: California’s Sustainable Water Future
May 2010: Living on a Restless Planet: Using Space Technology to Study Earthquakes, Aquifers, Volcanoes, and More
March 2010: The Mars Rovers