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Artist Talk: Theo Clarke

The Department of Art and Art History is excited to welcome Theo Clarke who will present “Juno, A New Renaissance.”

Spacecraft reconnaissance of our solar system continues a legacy of exploration ingrained in our psyches. In the process of this exploration the aura and soul of NASA’s Juno mission to the planet Jupiter, like the Medici of the Renaissance, has inspired, facilitated and embodied a broad spectrum of human creativity, including not only science and technology, but also history and literature, art and music, and visualization and public engagement. Through Juno the world is witness to a remarkable convergence of art and science, witness to a New Renaissance.

Employing Power Point, videos, and audio recordings, I will unveil the Juno mission at Jupiter, the Earth encounter that slung it to Jupiter, and the amazing cultural connection that defines its mission. The title of my talk is “Juno, A New Renaissance.” I will also assemble and display a model of the trajectory of Juno about the planet Jupiter.

Theo Clarke has a BA in English Literature and an MS in Physics from UCLA. In a 27-year career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Clarke worked as scientist and engineer on the Mariner 10 mission to Venus and Mercury, the Voyager mission to the outer planets, and the Galileo mission to Jupiter. He is the recipient of NASA’s prestigious Exceptional Service Medal for his service and dedication to Galileo’s Earth encounters. He has lectured on the U.S. space program all over the world, including to all three U.S. military academies. After retiring from JPL, Clarke served as an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Pasadena City College and is currently a consultant on NASA’s Juno mission to the planet Jupiter.

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