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    HOW TO SORT SCIENCE FACT FROM SCIENCE FICTION.


    The facts and fiction of space exploration will be discussed in a pair
    of free public lectures at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on March 21st, and at Pasadena City College on Friday, April 2nd.

    During the lectures, entitled "Rise of Machines: Intelligent Robots
    and Space Exploration," Dr. Richard Terrile of JPL, Mars Scout program scientist, will discuss how close we are to the dream of matching human intelligence in a machine and how these systems will be used to
    explore our solar system.


    Unlike stories or movies that have a beginning, middle and end, the day-to-day work of furthering space exploration is ongoing. JPL is known worldwide for its robotic exploration of the solar system, including missions to Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, comets and asteroids.


    The presentation will include an overview of current and future plans
    in the quest to unravel the mysteries of space.


    Terrile has been a planetary astronomer at JPL for 22 years. He is credited with discovering Saturn's moon, Atlas, Uranus' moons Ophelia and Cordelia and was part of a team that detected a possible planet-forming disc around the star Beta Pictoris. Terrile began consulting for the movie industry as a hobby nearly twenty years ago on the motion picture, 2010.



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