NASA Jet Propulsion Lab lead engineer Adam Steltzner, who led the team that guided the Mars rover Curiosity’s successful landing last year, will give a free talk at 4 p.m. Tuesday in 1065 Kemper Hall at UC Davis.
His talk is titled “The Right Kind of Crazy: Risk, Reason and Engineering Curiosity to the Surface of Mars.”
A 1990 graduate of UCD, Steltzner led a team that at one point numbered almost 2,000 people. It devised a “sky crane” that hovered over the planet’s surface and gently lowered Curiosity on a cable.
His NASA projects have included work on the Galileo and Cassini space probes, Mars Pathfinder and the Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity.