APRIL 11, 2014
“Space Exploration and the Curiosity Mission to Mars”
• Mars Mission Curiosity Rover Engineer
• NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal Recipient
• Novelist, Television Producer, Computer Game Designer
Gentry Lee, chief engineer for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is responsible for the engineering integrity of all robotic planetary missions managed by the JPL for NASA. This includes the successful Curiosity rover mission. Lee explains the feats of engineering that brought the Curiosity into existence and gives a mesmerizing account of this mission to Mars that has captured the imagination of millions.
Lee also partnered with Carl Sagan in the creation of the COSMOS television series, an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning science documentary seen in more than sixty countries. In 2009 Lee was featured performer/narrator in “Are We Alone?”, a two hour Discovery Channel documentary about life in the solar system.
In 1994 Lee co-authored the novels Cradle, Rama II, The Garden of Rama, and Rama Revealed, all four of which were New York Times bestsellers and were translated into over twenty languages. Since then he has written three more successful novels, Bright Messengers, Double Full Moon Night, and The Tranquility Wars.
In 2005 Lee received the Distinguished Service Medal, NASA’s highest award. He received the prestigious Harold Masursky Award from the American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Sciences for his career contributions to planetary exploration in 2006.