SAVE THE DATE: Parker Solar Probe ~ Humanity’s First Mission to a Star, Rice University, Thursday, 21. February 2019

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NASA's historic Parker Solar Probe was launched on August 12, 2018. Its mission will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun, where changing conditions can propagate out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds. Parker Solar Probe will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions — and ultimately providing humanity with the closest-ever observations of a star.
Dr. Nicola Fox leads the agency’s efforts to study the Sun  and its effects on Earth and the solar system. Heliophysics is vital to understanding Earth’s most important and life-sustaining star, as well as the study of key space phenomena and processes that support situational awareness in order to better protect astronauts, satellites, and robotic missions exploring the solar system and beyond.
Dr. Fox worked at the Applied Physics Lab at the Johns Hopkins University in Laurel, Maryland, where she was the chief scientist for heliophysics and the project scientist for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe — humanity’s first mission to a star. Fox served as the deputy project scientist for the Van Allen Probes, and the operations scientist for the International Solar Terrestrial Physics program. She has authored numerous scientific articles and papers in addition to delivering science presentations worldwide. In addition to her research, she is also keenly involved with science education and outreach activities.
Born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, in England, she graduated from The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London with a B.S. in physics. She received an M.S. in telematics and satellite communications from the University of Surrey. She then returned to Imperial College to complete a Ph.D. in space and atmospheric physics. She has also previously worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, receiving a number of agency awards for outstanding performance.
Speaker: Dr. Nicola Fox / Director, NASA's Heliophysics Division
Hosted by Rice University: Rice Space Institute; Wiess School of Natural Science.
Thurs, February 21Reception: 6:15pm (Tentatively scheduled to be at Keck Hall, at Rice University's Valhalla)Lecture: 7:00pmTentatively scheduled to be at 100 Keck Hall
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All on-campus parking is accessed by credit card. Visitor parking is available in paid lots located off of Rice Boulevard. There is a small parking lot at Entrance 20, closest to the event. Central Garage and Stadium Parking are easily accessed through Entrance 18 (follow signs).

Thursday, 21. February 2019, Rice University, SAVE THE DATE: Parker Solar Probe ~ Humanity’s First Mission to a Star

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