The Planetary Society welcomed Voyager Project Scientist Dr. Ed Stone and commemorated the 35th anniversary of one of the most successful missions in NASA history. We talked with Dr. Stone about the history of this grand voyage to the edge of our solar system, its challenges, and its dizzying success, and shared some of his favorite pictures from the voyage. Planetary Society Senior Editor Emily Lakdawalla showed how dedicated amateurs are using decades-old Voyager image data and cutting-edge processing tools to reveal new and stunningly beautiful detail.
We also featured actor Robert Picardo of Star Trek: Voyager giving a special reading of Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" featuring the iconic picture of Earth from Voyager 2.
Ann Druyan, wife of the late Carl Sagan, co-writer of the Cosmos series, and one of the producers of the Golden Record contained on both Voyager spacecraft, provided us by video made just for this event.
Ed Stone Voyager Project Scientist
Edward Stone is the David Morrisroe Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology and former director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Since 1972, he has been the project scientist for the Voyager Mission at JPL, coordinating the scientific study of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and Voyager's continuing exploration of the outer heliosphere and search for the edge of interstellar space. Following his first instrument on a Discoverer satellite in 1961, Stone has been a principal investigator on nine NASA spacecraft and a co-investigator on five other NASA missions.
Perhaps best known for his role as the holographic doctor in Star Trek: Voyager, Robert Picardo also has a strong interest in the reality of space exploration. Picardo played another doctor on the acclaimed television series, China Beach, so perhaps his entering Yale University as a pre-med student presaged his acting career to come! Picardo has appeared frequently on stage, from Broadway to the Pasadena Playhouse on the west coast.
Mat Kaplan Host
He was just 17 when he got his first job in broadcasting, yet it wasn't until Planetary Radio, the Society's weekly broadcast and podcast series, that he was able to combine his love of space exploration with the fun and excitement of being on the air. A Planetary Society staff member for twelve years, Mat is also who we look to when an event calls for audiovisual support or a live webcast. The longtime Long Beach, California resident has two adult daughters raised to be citizens of the solar system.
Emily Lakdawalla Planetary Society Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist
Emily first blogged for the Planetary Society in 2002 as a member of a Society-funded team sent to Devon Island in the Canadian high Arctic to gather data to support future tests of autonomous software for Mars airplanes, and she hasn't stopped yet. For nearly as long, she has contributed to the weekly Planetary Radio podcast as well as acting as administrator of the forum UnmannedSpaceflight.com, which has made Emily a leader in a worldwide community of amateur space image processors.
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