On November 7th 2018, we held our annual Arnold O. Beckman Family Science Lecture and Dinner at the University Club in the University of California, Irvine.
MARC D. RAYMAN, Ph.D.
The Dawn Mission Director and Chief Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena
“To Boldly Go... Well, You Know: NASA’s Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt”
Marc Rayman has been captivated by space since he was four years old and knew by the age of nine that he wanted a Ph.D. in physics, although it was a few more years until he earned it. Pursuing his lifelong passion, he joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1986 and is now a top rocket scientist there. He has worked on a wide variety of missions to explore the cosmos and is currently mission director and chief engineer on Dawn. One of NASA’s most remarkable interplanetary missions, Dawn has explored two of the last uncharted worlds in the inner solar system, protoplanet Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. Marc has received a great many honors and awards, both for his outstanding technical work and for his extremely popular public speaking and writing. He has even been compared to Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson in his ability to communicate the thrill of space exploration. Join us for a fascinating, entertaining, and perhaps even inspiring presentation on an extraordinary extraterrestrial expedition as Marc presents “To Boldly Go... Well, You Know: NASA’s Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt.”