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November 28, 2006

The coolest night school class in the solar system

artist rendering of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn

If you happen to live in the Southern California, you have the opportunity to take the single coolest continuing ed class in the solar system, the Art Center College of Design's Basics of Interplanetary Flight.

JPL engineer Dave Doody, whose day job is being in charge of communicating with the Cassini spacecraft, teaches the class. (I don't care how cool your job is, talking to a spaceship that's orbiting Saturn is cooler). Doody walks you through what it actually takes to design, build, and fly a spacecraft to another planet. I took the course last year, and it was a total blast! (And don't worry, the class is for general audiences, no need to be a science or math major).

The class is being put on my the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and begins January 18th. Full details here.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at November 28, 2006 07:09 PM