RAeS Inaugural Mary Jackson Named Lecture

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We are thrilled to announce the confirmed keynote speaker for the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Inaugural Mary Jackson Lecture, Dr Moogega Cooper of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Date: Thursday 21 January 2021

Times: 17.00-18.00 GMT

Via GoTo Webinar. FREE to attend but registration essential.


About the Mary Jackson Named Lecture

The RAeS has established a new Named Lecture to celebrate the work of the individuals from BAME communities within aerospace. This has been titled the Mary Jackson Lecture in honour of Mary Jackson (1921-2005), who became the first black female aerospace engineer at NASA in 1958 and was featured in the book and film “Hidden Figures”.

All RAeS Named Lectures are free to attend for both members and non-members

Speaker Details

Dr. Moogega Cooper, Planetary Protection Lead for the Europa Lander concept, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Moogega (pronounced Moo-ji-gae) Cooper is currently the Planetary Protection Lead for the Europa Lander concept at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory having recently served as the Planetary Protection Lead of the Mars 2020 Mission. She was responsible for ensuring spacecraft compliance to cleanliness requirements, with interfacing with several entities within JPL, vendors, and NASA Headquarters. Moogega is a recipient of several awards to include the NASA Early Career Public Achievement Medal, the Charles Elachi Award for Exceptional Early Career Achievement, and JPL Voyager Awards for Technical Leadership. In addition to her work at JPL, she also enjoys public outreach, collaborating with schools, lecture series, and media organizations to spread the love of STEAM.


Lecture Summary

The M2020 Mission is designed to investigate key questions related to the habitability of Mars and will conduct assessments that will help plan for future human exploration of Mars. The project will also acquire and cache samples of rock, regolith, and witness samples for possible return to Earth by a future mission. The entire flight system was expected to meet Planetary Protection requirements, to include being subjected to microbial reduction, with additional specific emphasis on the sample acquisition and caching. Mars 2020 had a very unique biological contamination plan to both protect Mars as well as the scientific integrity of the collected sample. A mission overview and Planetary Protection activities will be discussed.



To register for this event, please visit the following page on the Royal Aeronautical Society website.