NEXT MEETING: October 28
Main program speakers: Andrea Isella, PhD      
Topic: Planet Formation

Join us for the FYI session at 6:30 pm and the main presentation at 7:30 pm!

June 24 Hybrid Meeting

Jamie Published on June 11, 2022

Join us for monthly meeting on Friday, June 24th


Ponderosa Fire Station training room:
17061 Rolling Creek Drive (map) and Zoom:
(come back to this post to get the
link shortly before the meeting)


FYI Session 6:30pm

Rob Brayton will talk about the Raspberry Pi and it’s use for astronomy.  We will also cover your getting started with astronomy questions.

Main Presentation 7:30pm

The Europa Clipper

Dr. Paul Schenk will discuss The Europa Clipper.  This is our first return to the Jupiter system with a spacecraft dedicated to mapping the ocean world Europa and assessing its habitability.  We will review the spacecraft and its mission followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Dr. Paul Schenk –  Brief Biography

Dr. Paul Schenk describes himself as a space-groupie since the Gemini days in the mid-1960s. His first formal introduction to planetary sciences was as a NASA Planetary Geology summer intern in 1979 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during the Voyager 2 Jupiter encounter. Since arriving at the LPI in 1991, he has used Voyager, Galileo, and Cassini stereo and monoscopic images to map the topography and geology of the icy outer planet satellites (and somewhat on Mars and the Moon).

Dr. Schenk has also been a stereo image aficionado for many years, and does historical brass helmet deep-sea diving.

In 2012, Dr. Schenk’s Atlas of the Galilean Satellites (copyright 2010) was published, and he was co-editor of Enceladus and the Icy Moons of Saturn published by The University of Arizona Press in 2018. He was also a panel member of the Decadal Survey on Planetary Science and Astrobiology for 2023–2032, and received AGU’s Fred Whipple prize in 2021.

From 2011–2018, he was a participating scientist on the DAWN (at Vesta) mission and the Cassini mission, studying impact cratering on small bodies, plume deposition processes on Enceladus and topographic mapping of all the Saturnian mid-sized icy satellites. He has also been a co-investigator on the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond, responsible for cartography and topography of these distant planetary bodies.

Dr. Schenk’s global color moon mosaics can be found at