John Burroughs Natural Science Lecture Series

Apr

15


John Burroughs Natural Science Lecture Series

Imaging Jupiter, Pluto, & Ultima Thule

Imaging Jupiter, Pluto, & Ultima Thule

Monday, April 15, 2019 

7:00 p.m. College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall

Steve Conard is a 1979 graduate of SUNY-Ulster (AS Engineering Science) who continued his engineering education at the University of Arizona (BS Engineering Physics) and Johns Hopkins University (MS Applied Physics). He is an optical systems engineer with Johns Hopkins University, where he has been employed his entire 36-year career. He has developed spaceflight instruments for both astrophysics and planetary missions. Three displays at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum currently feature hardware on which he has worked. For the past 16 years, he has been lead engineer for the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on the New Horizons spacecraft. This instrument collected the highest resolution images obtained at the Pluto system in 2015 and on January 1, 2019 at the Kuiper Belt Object 2014MU69 (“Ultima Thule”).

Steve will talk about how spaceflight instruments are built and tested and he will show and discuss images collected by the LORRI instrument during New Horizon's Jupiter, Pluto, and Ultima Thule encounters. This John Burroughs Natural Science lecture, sponsored by the SUNY Ulster STEM Department, is free and open to the general public.

Man smiling next to telescope

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