2013 Kepler Lecture & Scholarship Awards Ceremony

The Mt. San Antonio College Astronomy Department and the Mt. SAC Foundation cordially invite you to the 2013 Kepler Lecture & Scholarship Awards Ceremony  featuring JPL Planetary Scientist's Dr. Amanda Hendrix.

Date:  Thursday, April 11, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Venue: Mt. SAC Design Technology Center

Lunar Exploration: From the Apollo Era to the Future

Over the past six to seven decades, our exploration of the Moon has waxed and waned nearly as much as the Moon itself does on a monthly timescale. It is only recently that our nearest neighbor is beginning to reveal some of her secrets…and present more mysteries to solve. This presentation will cover theories on the origin of the Moon and scientific results from missions such as Apollo, Clementine and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. We will highlight current studies of lunar water, the tenuous atmosphere, and the mysterious swirl formations on the surface. Finally, we discuss possibilities for future human exploration. 

Dr. Amanda R. HendrixAbout the Speaker
Personal History
Dr. Hendrix grew up locally in Pasadena, CA, not far from JPL, so exploring the planets was on her mind from a young age. After attending Pasadena’s John Muir High School, she attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and earned a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering. She earned her PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado. It was in Boulder she discovered courses in planetary science and the work that was going on building and operating ultraviolet instruments for space missions. It was at that point she found her “niche.” Since December of 2000, Dr. Hendrix has been a research scientist in the Asteroids, Comets and Planetary Satellites group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Cal Tech campus. In September of 2012 she was named a Senior Scientist with the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona.

Professional and Research Highlights
Dr. Hendrix’s research focus is UV spectroscopy of planetary surfaces: icy satellites, asteroids, Earth’s moon, Mars; weathering processes and radiation products; Jupiter’s moon Io. She is a co-investigator on Cassini UVIS and a participating scientist on LRO LAMP. She was a co-investigator on the Galileo UVS, and served as the Cassini Deputy Project Scientist (May 2010-September 2012). She has been principal investigator on various projects in the Planetary Geology and Geophysics, Cassini Data Analysis, Jupiter Data Analysis, Mars Data Analysis, LASER, Outer Planets and Hubble Space Telescope Programs.

About the Kepler Scholarship

The Mt. San Antonio College Astronomy Department awards the Kepler Scholarships annually to outstanding students who have achieved academically, completed astronomy coursework and/or contributed toward the advancement of the college’s Astronomy Program.

The Kepler Scholarship Program is funded through contributions made by generous donors. Each year we host an awards ceremony and lecture featuring a presentation made by an expert in the field of astronomy or space science.