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AIAA The Voyager Program’s 40th Anniversary (AIAA LA-LV November Dinner Meeting)

AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section

Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)

AIAA The Voyager Program’s 40th Anniversary (AIAA...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Flat Admission Fee Nov 14, 2017 $15.00 $1.37
Presentation Only - No Dinner Nov 16, 2017 $5.00 $1.12
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AIAA LA-LV Section November Dinner Meeting


The Voyager Program’s 40th Anniversary

Celebrating the Exploration of the Outer

Solar System and Interstellar Space


Dr. John Casani (Voyager Project Manager)

Prof. Edward Stone (Voyager Project Scientist/Former JPL Director) 

Rod Pyle (Space Author, Journalist, and Historian)

 August 20, 1977 - Voyager 2 Launched
September 5, 1977 - Voyager 1 Launched

Event information & Location

S-Café (Building S - Cafeteria)
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
One Space Park
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

  • Next to the Space Park

  • West of 405 Hwy, East of Pacific Coast Hwy, and South of 105 Hwy

  • Please follow the directions & maps on the Registration (Eventbrite) website

  • Enter from the Marine Ave  through the Simon Ramo Dr.  Entrance. After passing the Stop signkeep going, and then turn Right to the parking lot.


Thursday, November 16, 2017
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Presentation starts at 7:00 PM)
Ticket sales will end at 11:30 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
RSVP Here (See Above)


$15.00 Flat Admission Fee

DinnerSandwiches (varieties)

(Snacks, soda, hot beverages, and bottled water will be available for the presentation)

 **No onsite payment for dinner**



Please join with us to celebrate the spirit of exploration initiated by the Voyager program.

Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space and Voyager 2 will soon follow, signaling the beginning of the Voyager Interstellar Mission after decades of remarkable discoveries about the solar system.

Please join us to celebrate this remarkable program with people who were central to its creation and execution.

  • Meet the leaders of the Voyager mission
  • Learn more about the past, current status, and future of the Voyagers, and their accomplishments and discoveries
  • Learn more about interesting behind-the-scenes stories of the Voyagers and JPL
  • Network with the moderator/panelists, aeronautics and astronautics professionals, educators, enthusiasts, business professionals, and other attendees 

The Panelists
Dr. John Casani led the development and management of spacecraft systems for over 50 years.  The majority of his career was spent in systems engineering and project management at JPL. He was Project Manager for three major space missions: Voyager, Galileo, and Cassini.  He held senior project positions in many of the early space programs, including Explorer, Pioneer, Ranger, and Mariner.

Dr. Casani is the recipient of the National Academy of Engineering Founders Award, and the National Aerospace Museum Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is an Honorary Fellow of the AIAA and a member of the International Astronautics Academy.  He has received several NASA awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Exceptional Achievement Medal, and the Medal for Outstanding Leadership. He received the AIAA Space System Award and the von Karman Lectureship, the National Space Club Astronauts Engineer Award, and the AAS Space Flight Award.

Dr. Casani has a BSEE and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an honorary degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Rome.


Prof. Edward C. Stone is an internationally known physicist who has served as project scientist for the Voyager program across its lengthy span, from 1972 to the present. As a graduate student at the University Chicago, he was inspired to enter the fields of planetary science and space exploration by the launch of Sputnik in 1957.

He was born in Knoxville, Iowa, on January 23, 1936. After receiving his undergraduate education at Iowa's Burlington Junior College, he attended the University of Chicago where he earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in physics. He then joined the staff of Caltech as a researcher, and became a full faculty member in 1967. In 1972, he became the Voyager project scientist.

Since the launch of the two Voyager spacecraft in 1977, he has coordinated the efforts of 11 teams of scientists in their investigations of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. He also became nationally known as the JPL public spokesman during the planetary flybys, explaining the Voyager's scientific discoveries to the public. Highlights of his decade of leadership include Galileo's five-year orbital mission to Jupiter, the launch of Cassini to Saturn, the launch of Mars Global Surveyor and a new generation of Earth science satellites such as TOPEX/Poseidon and SeaWinds, and the successful Mars Pathfinder landing in 1997. Stone retired from JPL in April of 2001 and is currently working full-time at Caltech, teaching and doing research.

In the late 1980s through the 1990s, he served as vice chairman and chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Association for Research in Astronomy, which is responsible for building and operating the W.M. Keck Observatory with its two ten-meter telescopes on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. He also served as Director of the W.M. Keck Foundation. He is also the Executive Director of the Thirty Meter Telescope project.

In addition to becoming a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1984, he has been recognized with numerous awards, among them the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and National Medal of Science.


Rod Pyle (Moderator) is a space author, jounalist and historian. He has authored eleven books on space history, exploration and development for major publishers that have been published in seven languagaes. His frequent articles have appeared in, LiveScience, Futurity, Huffington Post and WIRED. He has written extensively for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech, and authored the Apollo Executive Leadership Program for the Johnson Space Center with The Conference Board. His most recent book release is "Mars: Making Contatct." Rod is currently writing Space 2.0: The New Space Age" in association with the National Space Society, and "Technology Highlights" for NASA/JPL. He appears frequently on national radio and television, with regular slots on KFI/Los Angeles, and WGN/Chicago. He was recently featured on PBS's "Between the Lines" and C-SPAN's "Book TV." Rod holds an MA from Stanford University and a BFA from the Art Center College of Design, and lives in Pasadena, CA.

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S-Café (Building S - Cafeteria)
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
One Space Park
Redondo Beach, CA 90278, CA 90278

Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)

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