The days are getting longer, flowers are starting to bloom and trees are turning green (attention Southern Hemisphere visitors: please imagine the opposite), so that must mean it's nearly Birthday season again! The 12th CIC Birthday Party will be held in just three months on August 10, 2010. Things get going at 7:00 pm Eastern US time (4:00 pm Pacific and 11:00 pm GMT), so the event falls on August 11 for some people. As usual, the venue is channel #Wingnut on the irc.wcnews.com server. Newcomers are always welcome to drop by via our easy Java interface. As Kris likes to point out, this year the CIC starts to span three decades (1990s, 2000s & 2010s), and there's a lot to celebrate! Check back for more details in the months ahead, and see you there!
Wing Commander fans in Southern California have a cool opportunity to visit the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory this weekend. Their annual open house will be held on May 15 & 16 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Wingnuts might want to target Sunday in order to see Flight Commander creator (and NASA expert) Eddie Benowitz show off some amazingly cool stuff.
I'll be demoing at JPL's open house on Sunday May 16. In the morning, I'll be doing RoboDome (huge robots that float on air like air hockey) and in the afternoon I'll be talking about MSL, our next Mars rover. Open to the public, come on down if you're in the Los Angeles area. Let me know if you plan on dropping by.
How awesome is that? That's actually Eddie in the middle left of this picture. Find more details and directions to the Pasadena event here. Caution: no pets or segways are allowed on the premises.
This popular event celebrates JPL's accomplishments with exhibits and demonstrations about the Laboratory's ongoing research and space exploration. Many of the Lab's scientists and engineers are on hand to answer questions about how spacecraft are sent to other planets, how scientists utilize space technologies to explore Earth and how researchers are searching for planets beyond the solar system.