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Friday, October 5, 2018

"The Kepler Mission, in Search of Exoplanets”
William Borucki

Mr. Borucki earned a graduate and undergraduate studies in Physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MS, Meteorology, California State University, San Jose.  In 1962, he joined the Hypersonic Free Flight Branch at the NASA Ames Research Center.

From 1962 through 1972, Mr. Borucki conducted laboratory and theoretical studies of the radiation and plasma environments of entry vehicles.  In 1972, after the successful Moon landings, he transferred to the Theoretical Studies Branch where he developed mathematical models of the Earth’s stratosphere to predict the effects of nitric oxides and chlorofluoromethanes on the ozone layer.

In 1984, he began advocating the development of a space mission that could detect Earth-size planets and determine the frequency of Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of Sun-like stars.  His proposal to the NASA Discovery Program for the Kepler Mission was selected for funding in 2001 and he was appointed its Principal Investigator.

Mr. Borucki retired in 2015 from the NASA Ames Research Center.  He continues his research as an Ames Associate.

Mr. Borucki has received many awards, the most recent few are;
2017 Election to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2016 Elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science
2016 Bower Award; Achievement in science-exoplanets, Franklin Institute
2015 Frank Drake Award, SETI Institute (10/15/2015)
2015 Shaw Prize for conceiving and leading the Kepler Mission

His memberships include:
American Astronomical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
International Astronomical Union

Past Meetings
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Club Meetings

The Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association meets on the 1st Friday of the month at 7:00 pm (19:00 J) (except when the first Friday lands on a holiday and typically moved to the 2nd Friday of the month).

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting location has changed. We will now be meeting in Meeting Room H6, in the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto. Further information is below.

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Location: Cubberley Community Center; 4000 Middflefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303.
Telephone: (650) 329-2418.

After the meeting, many members gather for beer, pizza, and eyeball QSOs at Round Table Pizza, located on El Camino Real, just a few blocks north of Ravenswood Avenue.
Location: 1225 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Board Meetings

The PAARA Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the home of Marty Wayne, W6NEV.  Address is: 1039 Bryant Way, Sunnyvale, CA.  We conduct most of our club business there in order to allow more time for guest speakers and socializing at regular club meetings.  Any PAARA member is welcome to attend.

A few meetings throughout the year have pre-defined agenda items. These include:

September Board Meeting
The Nominating Committee is appointed by the President to decide on a slate of candidates to be recommended to the membership.

October General Meeting
The Nominating Committee presents its nominations to the membership at the regular club meeting.  Nominations from club members opens at the beginning of the meeting, and closes at the end of the meeting.

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