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Cernan Event April 28th

Article Date: April 05, 2018

Big Bang Event Speaker Nagin Cox: NASA/JPL Spacecraft Operations Engineer

Dare to Do Mighty Things
Reaching Out Into the Solar System Exploring the Solar System is an international effort that involves many nations. The robotic missions that pave the way push the frontiers of our abilities as a species and return data that illuminate the way all humans look at themselves.  While there are examples of solitary human exploration, most endeavors that expand our boundaries involve teams of people working together for a common goal.  This is one of those stories. 

Cox will give three presentations.
April 28, 2018 10:30 a.m. for middle and high school students 1:30 p.m. for high school/college students and professionals 7:30 p.m. for all ages Reservations are requested. To RSVP, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or send an email to When making a reservation, please provide a contact person, phone number and email address, which talk you plan to attend, the number of people in your party, and if you are a member of the Cernan Earth and Space Center. These programs are open to the public. Please help spread the word as we inspire the next generation of explorers. For details, visit

Who is Nagin Cox? Nagin Cox has been exploring since she decided as a teenager that she wanted to work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She was born in Bangalore, India, and grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her experiences as a child in a Muslim household showed her how easily we separate ourselves based on gender, race or nationality, and it inspired her to do something that brings people together instead of dividing them. The Space Program helps the world "look up" and remember that we are one world. Thus, she has known from the time she was 14 years old that she wanted to work on missions of robotic space exploration.   Cox realized her childhood dream and has been a spacecraft operations engineer at NASA/JPL for over 20 years. She has held leadership and system engineering positions on interplanetary robotic missions including the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Kepler exoplanet hunter, Mars InSight and the Mars Curiosity Rover. In 2015, Cox was honored as the namesake for Asteroid 14061 by its discoverers. She has also received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals. She is a U.S. Department of State STEM Speaker and has spoken to audiences around the world on the stories of the people behind the missions. She has also served on Cornell University‚Äôs President's Council for Cornell Women. Before her time at JPL, Cox served for 6 years in the US Air Force including duty as a Space Operations Officer at NORAD/US Space Command. She holds engineering degrees from Cornell University and the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as a psychology degree from Cornell. (Sometimes she is not sure which one she uses more: the engineering degree or the psychology degree.) Cox is currently a Tactical Mission Lead on the Curiosity Rover, and every day at NASA/JPL exploring space is as rewarding as the first.    These programs are open to the public.

Please help spread the word as we inspire the next generation of explorers.
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Author Name: Skip Mosshamer

Cernan Event April 28th
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