Mathematics and Interplanetary Exploration

Start: 11/01/2017 - 4:15pm
End  : 11/01/2017 - 5:15pm


Earl Maize (Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA)


The Cassini Mission to Saturn recently completed a 13-year tour of the Saturn system with a spectacular plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere. By almost any measure, the Cassini mission was one of the most successful ventures ever sent to the outer planets. The mission is often characterized as an exceptional engineering and scientific achievement, but underlying almost all aspects of the mission is a very deep dependence on mathematics. I will survey some of these underpinnings and how modern engineering has exploited mathematical research with the goal of planetary exploration.

Argue Auditorium, Millikan, Pomona College

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