NASA Jet Propulsion Lab lead engineer Adam Steltzner, who became a highly visible presence during last year's Mars Curiosity Rover mission, will give a presentation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in UC Davis' 1065 Kemper Hall. His talk is titled: "The Right Kind of Crazy: Risk, Reason and Engineering Curiosity to the Surface of Mars." Admission is free.
A graduate of UC Davis, Steltzner led the innovative Entry, Descent and Landing team that guided Curiosity to its successful touchdown inside Mars' massive Gale Crater on Aug. 5.
Steltzner and his team — at one point, almost 2,000 people — devised the rocket-powered "sky crane," which hovered over the planet's surface and gently lowered Curiosity on a cable... Read More