Education Team

Stationed: NASA/JPL SSA
In Saturn’s Rings duties: To help teachers convert the inspiration this film stirs in their students into in the classroom.
A little about yourself (in 53 Saturn moons or less): Growing up in southern California in the flight path of early shuttle missions and a birthday gift telescope hooked me early on. Today I serve as a NASA Ambassador supporting public outreach in classrooms, museums, planetaria and sometimes the end of my driveway with a telescope sharing views of Saturn’s moons with neighbors.
What is your favorite place in the Solar System: Mars
Favorite space movie: The Right Stuff

Stationed: Research Triangle Park, N.C.
In Saturn’s Rings duties: Helping to develop educational materials.
A little about yourself (in 53 Saturn moons or less): Astronomy teacher Apex, N.C.; meteorology undergrad; did planetarium shows in upstate N.Y.; love the night sky – constellations, DSOs, planets; have two trusty telescopes, one super husband, and a wonderful family including four beautiful grandchildren.
What is your favorite place in the Solar System: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Favorite space movie: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (original)

Bio: Award-winning science journalist and space historian Andrew Chaikin has authored books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for three decades. Writer-director and explorer James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic, Aliens of the Deep) has called him “our best historian of the space age.” Chaikin is best known as the author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, widely regarded as the definitive account of the moon missions. First published in 1994, this acclaimed work was the main basis for Tom Hanks’ 12-part HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, which won the Emmy for best miniseries in 1998. Chaikin spent eight years writing and researching A Man on the Moon, including over 150 hours of personal interviews with 23 of the 24 lunar astronauts. Chaikin is a commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, The Colbert Report, and the NPR programs Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation. He has been an advisor to NASA on space policy and public communications, and teaches space history for NASA’s Academy of Program and Project Engineering Leadership (APPEL). A graduate of Brown University, Chaikin served on the Viking missions to Mars at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and was a researcher at the Smithsonian’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies before becoming a science journalist in 1980. He is an amateur musician and songwriter; he has also been an occasional space artist, and is one of the founders of the International Association of Astronomical Artists.
What is your favorite place in the Solar System: The Moon
Favorite space movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stationed: Greensboro, N.C.
In Saturn’s Rings duties: Educational consultant
A little about yourself (in 53 Saturn moons or less): Tim has been Greensboro Day School’s Earth Science teacher for 14 years. Although he grew up in several locations around the country, he always felt most at home in the natural world. His persistent curiosity led to his undergraduate study of the natural sciences and art at Goshen College and in 2007 he completed his MS in teaching geoscience through Mississippi State University. Whether using the latest NWS data for weather forecasting, the most recent seismograms from the USGS for mapping plate tectonics, or making real-time observations with an internet accessible radio telescope, Tim has a passion for using real time science in his classroom. Highlights of his continuing desire to learn include working as an educator/scientist on an international expedition to the Siberian Arctic, flying an experiment on NASA’s zero-G plane, and presenting at local, national and international conferences on science education.
What is your favorite place in the Solar System: Jupiter has been a long time favorite ever since my eighth grade science fair project where I measured the orbital periods for the four major moons. The project won 1st place in the county science fair!
Favorite space movie: Apollo 13

Stationed: JPL/California Institute of Technology
In Saturn’s Rings duties: Help develop educational and inspirational materials that serve as a jumping off point for scientific discovery and exploration.
A little about yourself (in 53 Saturn moons less): For 20 years I worked in the pharmaceutical industry as an organic chemist, but changed careers to follow my passion in planetary science. I now work at NASA/JPL as a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in planetary science and am also an affiliate of the Cassini spacecraft RADAR science team. In my laboratory, I create miniature replicas of Titan’s hydrocarbon lakes at cryogenic temperatures near 94 K, about 20 degrees above the boiling point of liquid nitrogen (77 K). My lab research is really cool! (!). I am also involved in mapping the mysterious surface of Titan and trying to figure out the bizarre, yet eerily Earth-like geological processes occurring on that fascinating world. As part of that effort, I get to go out and do field research trying to find places on Earth that are similar to those on Titan. In addition, I am part of the JPL Speakers Bureau and present to museums, schools, libraries, and community groups.
What is your favorite place in the Solar System: The Sikun Labyrinth, Titan.
Favorite space movie: For All Mankind