Memories of Bruce from the 70s and 80s
September 6, 2013I had the privilege of working with Bruce during my years at JPL, starting when I first joined JPL in 1969, and group of us worked with Bruce and Bob Leighton at Caltech to develop the methods for removing camera distortion from the images returned from the Mariner 9, Mariner 10 and Viking Orbiter spacecraft vidicon cameras. Later he supported my organization at JPL in our successful efforts to bring the task of processing the Viking Lander image processing responsibilities to JPL. Bruce was a person who always challenged you and helped you discover that you could do more than you thought you were capable of doing. He was a great role model for many of us, and leaves a great legacy.
In 2016, The Planetary Society’s LightSail program will take the technology a step further.