Dr. David Oh, lead flight director for the Mars mission Curiosity, will be honoring the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology with a visit. His lecture, Thursday, February 7, will provide an overview of the Curiosity mission and provide up-to-date pictures and data from the surface of Mars. College lectures are at 11:00 a.m. in 140 JSB.
Dr. Oh joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 2003. During his time there he has worked on missions to the moon, Jupiter and Mars. Previous to his time at JPL, Dr. Oh’s primary specialty was on the propulsion systems of communications satellites. He holds a Sc.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as bachelor’s degrees in Aeronautics, Astronautics and Music from MIT.
The college hosted another Mars Curiosity Expert, Todd Barber, last September, shortly after the rover had touched down on the planet’s surface. Since that time, Curiosity has been collecting data from rock and soil samples. Curiosity is NASA’s most high-tech rover yet, equipped with 17 cameras, a suite of laboratory tools, an oven and a robotic arm. The goal of the Curiosity mission is to determine whether Mars is or was inhabited by microbial life.
Dr. Oh, who joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1993, currently lives in California with his wife and three children.