Yavapai County Free Library District: Third Thursday Star Talks – Notes from the Exploration of the Solar System

More than ever, unknown unknowns, lessons learned, acceptable risk and doing more with less still govern the planning and operation of space missions in the age of JWST and Space-X.
All the same precepts and hard-won lessons hold, but apparently, we’ve all just gotten better at it. In a presentation suitable for a general audience, Dr. Bashar Rizk will present his own results and observations from missions in which he has participated—including Cassini, OSIRIS-REx and Mars Sample Return—that demonstrate the point.
Bashar has worked as an applied physicist in a university research and development setting for nearly 45 years on various R&D projects. Thirty-seven of those years have been at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, working on mission, spacecraft and remote sensing system design & development, test, calibration, planning & operations, data processing and analysis. He has also worked in radiometry, thermal modeling, radiative transfer, photogrammetry & stereo-photoclinometry, ground-based astronomy, noise analysis, integrated circuit fabrication, laser and microwave device system development and elementary particle physics. Bashar was born in Damascus, Syria, but mostly grew up in cloudy Champaign-Urbana, IL and hazy Greensboro, NC before he crossed the Mississippi and Rockies and discovered Tucson, AZ and its clear nighttime skies. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children, writing and biking. He holds a BS in physics and chemistry, an MS in physics and a PhD in planetary sciences.
This is an in-person event with a Zoom option. Registration for Zoom is required. Meeting rooms will have limited capacity and masks will be available.
Presented with funding from the Friends of the Prescott Public Library.
Event Type(s): Adult Event
Age Group(s): Adults
Presenter: Dr. Bashar Rizk
Adult Services
(928) 777-1526
  • Audience: Adult
  • Genre: Space & Astronomy
  • Type: Hybrid (Online & In-person), Presentation

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Apr 21 2022


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



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