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Curiosity & Cosmology: a conversation and signing with Emily Lakdawalla & Brian Keating

The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job describes the most complex machine ever sent to another planet: Curiosity. It is a one-ton robot with two brains, seventeen cameras, six wheels, nuclear power, and a laser beam on its head. No one human understands how all of its systems and instruments work. This essential reference to the Curiosity mission explains the engineering behind every system on the rover, from its rocket-powered jetpack to its radioisotope thermoelectric generator to its fiendishly complex sample handling system. Its lavishly illustrated text explains how all the instruments work -- its cameras, spectrometers, sample-cooking oven, and weather station -- and describes the instruments' abilities and limitations. It tells you how the systems have functioned on Mars, and how scientists and engineers have worked around problems developed on a faraway planet: holey wheels and broken focus lasers. And it explains the grueling mission operations schedule that keeps the rover working day in and day out. (Springer)

Losing the Nobel Prize: In 2014, astronomers wielding BICEP2, the most powerful cosmology telescope ever made, revealed that they'd glimpsed the spark that ignited the Big Bang. Millions around the world tuned in to the announcement broadcast live from Harvard University, immediately igniting rumors of an imminent Nobel Prize. But had these cosmologists truly read the cosmic prologue or, swept up in Nobel dreams, had they been deceived by a galactic mirage?  Cosmologist and inventor of the BICEP experiment, Brian Keating tells the inside story of BICEP2's mesmerizing discovery and the scientific drama that ensued.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781324000914
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 24th, 2018

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$39.99
ISBN: 9783319681443
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Published: Springer - April 10th, 2018

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