Final speaker:

NEW DATE: Thursday June 29 (please note date change), 2017 at 6:30 pm - LIMITED TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE


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Redlands, CA 92374

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Join us in 2017 for our inaugural Dome Talks. These evening events connect our community with leading historians, scientists, researchers, and technologists to share research and discuss topics relevant to the past, present and future of our region. Each speaker has a unique story to tell, and we invite you to join the conversation. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Speakers begin at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be provided by the San Bernardino County Museum Association.


Thursday, June 29

Dr. Aaron Parness, Extreme Environment Robotics Group, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

 "Asteroid Anchors, Rock-climbing Robots, Gecko Grippers, and Zero Gravity"

Please note this speaker was rescheduled to June 29

The ability to rove the surface of Mars has revolutionized JPL missions. With more advanced mobility, new targets like cliff faces, cave ceilings, and the surfaces of asteroids and comets could be explored. Dr. Parness presents the work of JPL's Robotic Rapid Prototyping Lab, including grippers for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission, which plans to extract a 15-ton boulder from the surface of an asteroid-altering its orbit and perhaps preventing Earth impact. You'll also hear about gecko-inspired adhesives being tested on the International Space Station, miniaturized robots that can drive across surfaces in zero gravity, and rock-climbing robots crossing giant lava tubes in New Mexico.