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Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM PDT
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12:00PM-01:00PM Check-in, Networking
01:00PM-01:10PM Introduction
01:10PM-02:40PM Presentation and Q & A
02:40PM-04:00PM Networking
04:00PM Adjourn


Mount Saint Mary's University (MSMU) Doheny Campus 
Donohue Center Meeting Room
10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007

(Please see the maps at the bottom of this page)

(Please First drive up to the Entrance Gate on St. James Park W. and follow the instructionS from the Guard/Security Booth for Parking and Directions to the Donohue Center. Please refer to the AIAA event.)

(West of 110 Hwy, South of 10 Hwy, North of 105 Hwy, and East of 405. Very close to USC and the California Science Center. Near the junction of 110 Hwy and 10 Hwy.)

+Going on S. Figueora St.,
+Turn West into W. Adams Blvd.
+Tturn North into S. St. James Pl.
+Turn East into St. James Park W.
+Pull up to the Security/Information Booth
+Follow the Instructions/Directions

Driving Direction

Parking is located on the roof of the Peninsula Center Library (accessed from Deep Valley Drive) and the second floor garage (limited) for underground parking (accessed from Silver Spur Road).Parking
Parking is located on the roof of the Peninsula Center Library (accessed from Deep Valley Drive) and the second floor garage (limited) for underground parking (accessed from Silver Spur Road).


Events / Program Chair, LA 
American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section 

The InSight Mission to Mars
JPL Mission Principal Investigator
Dr. Bruce Banerdt
(Landed at Elysium Planitia on November 26, 2018)

(Event is free for all. You do not need to be a member of AIAA to attend the event. Students are welcome. RSVP is encouraged to get a headcount to plan the event hall arrangements.)

Saturday, July 6, 2019

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Dr. Bruce Banerdt (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Dr. Bruce Banerdt, Principal Investigator of the InSight mission, is a planetary geophysicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He holds a B.S. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Southern California and has worked in the Earth and Space Sciences Division of JPL since 1977. Dr. Banerdt has served on a number of NASA and National Academy of Sciences advisory panels on planetary and space science and has published over 90 journal articles, reports and book chapters. His research focuses on the geological history of the planet Mars and geophysical investigations of the interiors of terrestrial planets using analyses of gravity, magnetic, topographic and seismic data. He has participated in several planetary flight instrument teams, including the MOLA altimeters on Mars Observer and Mars Global Surveyor, the SAR on Magellan, and the Seismometer on the CNES NetLander mission, and he served as Project Scientist for the Spirit and Opportunity rovers for six years.

The InSight Mission to Mars

The InSight landed in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars on November 26, 2018. In contrast to the 45 previous missions to Mars, which have thoroughly explored its surface features and chemistry, atmosphere, and searched for past or present life, InSight will focus on the deep interior of the plane, investigating the processes of terrestrial planet formation and evolution by performing the first comprehensive surface-based geophysical measurements on Mars, using seismology, precision tracking (for rotational dynamics), and heat flow measurements. It will provide key information on the composition and structure of an Earth-like planet that has gone through most of the evolutionary stages of the Earth up to plate tectonics. I will describe the mission and its science goals, and give an update on its current status on the surface of Mars.