Are we alone in the universe?
Join us on the third Sunday of July for NASA’s Deep Space Engineer and planet hunter, Tracy D Drain, who will be coming to speak to us about the Keplar mission and its search and discoveries of Exoplanets. The Keplar Project has discovered that there are likely 40 billion earth-like planets in the Milky Way. How many are in the “Goldilocks Zone” that we could colonize one day?
This is the event to bring your friends, family and children to! She also sings!
In addition to Tracy and including Tracy, we are having a visit by the Voices of Reason, who will be performing several songs both before and after Tracy’s lecture.
About our Speaker:
From “Meet Tracy Drain” on Blackgirlnerds.com, “…Tracy is a rarity: a beautiful, bubbly sistah with the enthusiasm of a child and the brain of a rocket scientist.”
Tracy D. Drain is a Flight Systems Engineer on NASA’s Juno Mission to Jupiter and the Technical Group Supervisor for the Flight System Systems Engineering group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.
Tracy was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where she graduated from Waggener High School in 1993. She attended the University of Kentucky to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at the university, she interned at the NASA Langley Research Center Virginia. After graduating in 1998, she went to the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in May of 2000.
In June of 2000 Tracy began working at JPL, where she has been involved with a variety of deep space missions. She joined the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter development team in May of 2001 and rose to become Lead Systems Engineer on the Flight Engineering Team. MRO is still orbiting Mars and returning valuable science data about the red planet; it also serves as a communications relay for the rovers currently exploring Mars.
Tracy joined the Kepler project in 2007, which was preparing for a March 2009 launch and a mission of hunting for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars in our Milky Way galaxy.
After Kepler’s check out period ended in May 2009, Tracy joined the Juno project on the Project Systems and Flight Systems Engineering teams to focus on Fault Protection oversight.
Currently in operations, her responsibilities include preparing for Juno’s upcoming Jupiter Orbit Insertion and science phase in 2016. Once it begins its science mission, Juno will study the giant planet’s gravity and magnetic fields and learn about its structure. That knowledge will help scientists learn more details about the early history of our solar system.
Join Tracy, The Voices of Reason and all your IEAA friends and enjoy a catered entrée and a vegetarian dish, fresh bread and butter, and dessert from “All Catering Services – Latin/European Cuisine” chef Reynaldo Velasquez. Coffee, iced tea, sodas and lemonade will be on hand. Please be sure to RSVP about staying for the luncheon. You will be prompted to reply about lunch when you RSVP on line – not on the mobile APP.
12:30pm – beverages and welcome
12:45pm – Voices of Reason, Lecture, Voices of Reason
2:00pm – luncheon and one-on-one with speaker
Volunteer to set up/break down
If you can come at 12:00 and help set up and/or stay after to knock down you will be deeply cherished for the rest of your life.
Prices are as follows:
Lecture only – $5
Lecture and beverage bar – $8
Lecture, catered luncheon, and beverages – $18
Lecture, Luncheon, beverages, and a $2 “Help Feed Riverside’s Hungry” donation – $20
Parking can fill up at the library, but parking at downtown structures is free on Sundays (excluding the Mission Inn). There is a structure across from the library at 3750 Orange St. that we recommend:
And remember, “Skipping Church” Luncheons always take place on the Third Sunday, so mark your calendars!
Hope to see you there!