On August 5, 2012, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover landed in Mars’ Gale Crater using a series of complicated landing maneuvers never before attempted. The successful landing of the most technologically advanced rover ever built was the culmination of years of work by hundreds of scientists and engineers. In our next meeting, Former Lead Flight Director David Oh, will provide an overview of the mission and will also describe the unique experience of flying, landing, and operating a spacecraft on the surface of Mars, the adventure of living on “Mars Time” and will show some of the remarkable pictures and scientific data collected by the rover.
Dr. Oh received his Sc.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1996. He also received bachelor’s degrees in both Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as in Music from MIT in 1991.
David is currently the Lead Flight Director for the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity. He joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 2003 and has worked on missions to the moon, Jupiter, and to Mars. Prior to coming to JPL, David worked at Space Systems/Loral where was the principle systems engineer for electric propulsion systems on multiple communications satellites.
When not at the lab, David enjoys spending time with his family, including his three kids, who think he has the coolest job in the world. He is a member of the La Crescenta Stake...