On Thursday, May 19, 2011, Dr. Jeffrey Van Cleve gave his presentation on Stargazers, Starfarers, and Kepler.
The Kepler Mission is specifically designed to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets. The challenge now is to find terrestrial planets (i.e., those one half to twice the size of the Earth), especially those in the habitable zone of their stars where liquid water and possibly life might exist.
Dr. Jeffrey Van Cleve is an astronomer and support scientist on the Kepler Team. He enjoys learning a little bit about a lot of things and explaining them to others. Dr. Van Cleve has worked on several projects, including the Spitzer Space Telescope, where he focused on infrared spectroscopy. His area of special expertise on Kepler, as on his previous flight programs, is focal planes. Dr. Van Cleve always knew he wanted to be an astronaut. Alas, his poor vision was one obstacle towards this particular dream that could not be over come. Give up on space? Never. He soldiered on in science gathering inspiration from Captain Kirk, Albert Einstein and his supportive parents.
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Make sure you remember this date: Thursday, July 28th Astrobiology Telecon with Dr. David Morrison.
You won't want to miss it!
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