Chief Engineer for Mission Operations and Science, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
3pm EST, Friday February 19th
To Boldly Go Where... Well, You Know: How Star Trek Influenced Terminology on NASA's Deep Space 1 Mission
NASA conducts many exciting, complex missions throughout the solar system and beyond. Even if they are not as ambitious as the missions depicted in Star Trek, they make up for it by being real. My enthusiasm for space exploration and for Star Trek provided the opportunity to incorporate terminology popularized in that fictional universe into an actual mission. I will describe how Enterprise crewmembers would have recognized important technical jargon used by Deep Space 1 team members, and I will summarize the multiyear mission to explore a strange new world, to seek out new knowledge, and to boldly go where...