Longmont Astronomical Society

Monthly Meeting

  • October 21, 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • via Zoom only

The speaker for the October meeting will be Dr. Amanda Hendrix.

Dr. Amanda Hendrix engages in UV spectroscopy of planetary surfaces including icy satellites, asteroids, Earth’s moon, Mars and Jupiter’s moon Io. She studies surface composition, weathering processes and radiation products.

Dr. Hendrix has 20+ years of experience in planetary science research. Hendrix received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder. As a graduate student and post-doctoral research at LASP/Univ. Colorado, Hendrix gained valuable experience in UV spectroscopy and instrumentation and began a career of investigating solar system surfaces (largely airless bodies) in the UV. After LASP, she spent 12 years at JPL, progressing from a science planner on Cassini to Deputy Project Scientist, before moving to PSI in 2012. She is a co-investigator on the Cassini UVIS instrument as well as on the LRO LAMP instrument.  She has led observing and research teams and published results in numerous NASA R&A and HST programs. Hendrix is the Director/PI of the NASA Toolbox for Exploration (TREX) team. She co-authored Beyond Earth: Our Path to a new Home in the Planets, published by Penguin/Random house in Nov 2016. Besides research, she enjoys teaching and sharing her love of planetary science with students and the public.

Due to the current COVID-19 stats and the high contagion nature of the Delta Variant, we are sticking to Zoom only for the October meeting. We'll continue to monitor these conditions and make monthly determinations as to Zoom or in-person/Zoom combo. 

As usual, the meeting starts at 7:00, but you are welcome to join at 6:30 to check your connection and join in conversation.




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