The World Above the Tetons | Speaker Series 2020

The World Above the Tetons | Speaker Series 2020

We are honored to introduce this week’s speaker – Kelly Lively. 

Idaho National Laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories. With roughly 5,000 scientists, engineers and support personnel, the lab also stands as one of Idaho’s largest employers. At INL’s three primary facility areas, researchers perform work in support of DOE’s mission to “discover the solutions to power and secure America’s future.” More specifically, INL is the center of nuclear energy research and development.

Kelly Lively is the Radioisotope Power Systems Department Manager at Idaho National Laboratory. She has served as the Department Manager since 2007; She also serves as the INL Project Manager for NASA Space Missions. Most recently, she managed the INL team to provide a Radioisotope Power System for NASA’s Mars 2020 mission; powering a land rover named Perseverance launching in July 2020, for an eight-month journey to Mars. She holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Idaho State University (1998).

INL works with other national labs and industry to enable deep-space, scientific exploration, including this summer’s launch of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. Kelly’s primary work is managing a team of engineers and technicians to fuel, test and deliver Radioisotope Power Systems. These systems convert the heat generated by the decay of plutonium oxide fuel into electrical energy. Kelly will be presenting information on contributions by the Space Nuclear Power and Isotope Technologies Division, located at INL’s Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC).

Want to learn more about Radioisotope Power Systems, INL, and more of Kelly Lively’s incredible work? Don’t forget to register for The World Above the Tetons Speaker Series- happening this Wednesday 6/24 at 7PM (MT).

100 Days Until Totality! 10 Days Left – George Takei’s Reminder About Eye Safety from NASA.gov

Get stoked! We’re only days away from the ultimate Astronomical event of the year! The town of Jackson has been working hard to prepare for the influx of visitors and eclipse watchers. Soon, the hard work and preparation will pay off as we enter into the 2 minutes of totality that we’ve been waiting for. NASA just realized a fun, short video previewing the spectacular events of the upcoming solar eclipse. Take a look and enjoy totality!

From NASA.gov: “In less than two weeks, on Monday, August 21, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This video, narrated by actor George Takei, provides viewing tips for the public. Watch: http://go.nasa.gov/2ft27Oo #Eclipse2017″

100 Days Until Totality! 21 Days Left – Contribute to Eclipse Science!

Ready to be fully apart of the most epic Astronomical phenomena of the year? Perfect! Because science needs your help!

NASA is encouraging eclipse watchers to record valuable data during totality with a simple app on a phone and an ordinary thermometer. In order for NASA scientists to further analyze eclipses, they are asking citizens to take data on temperature drops, wildlife reactions and cloud changes during totality. Bring your portable chargers and mobile hotspots galore and get ready to contribute to the needs of science for a day.

While using the app, it will guide you step by step what to do and when to collect data. The measurements taken will then go into a NASA database where it will be used by students and scientists that will study the affects of the eclipse on the globe. Couple your solar eclipse experience as an experiment and contribute to necessary research in the solar field. We’ll see you outside and ready to observe on August 21st!

Check here for more information and NASA GLOBE Observer app to download the app. Remember to bring a thermometer along!