April 16, 2015
Europe/Zurich timezone

Lecture in English only. No translation.

In the frame of a 3 days colloquium "AMS Days at CERN", 2 exceptional public lectures by NASA officials are opened to the general public.


The Odyssey of Voyager
by Prof. Edward C. STONE

Launched in 1977 to explore Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, the two Voyager spacecraft continued their journeys beyond the planets as they searched for the edge of heliosphere, the giant bubble of wind surrounding the sun.  Beyond the bubble lies interstellar space, the space between the stars filled with matter from the explosions of other stars and by the magnetic field of the Milky Way.  After a thirty-five year journey taking it eighteen billion kilometers from the Earth, Voyager 1 became the first human-made object to enter interstellar space.  Voyager’s odyssey continues as it explores the space between the stars.



Edward C. Stone is the David Morrisroe Professor of Physics and Vice Provost for Special Projects at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He is also the Executive Director of the TMT International Observatory LLC and a former Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


Since 1972, Stone has served as the Voyager chief scientist in the exploration of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and continues to lead the study of the outer heliosphere and beyond as the Voyager 1 spacecraft begins exploring the space between the stars.  He also oversaw the construction and operation of the two ten-meter W. M. Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and is now overseeing the development of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) as the Executive Director of the TMT International Observatory LLC.


Stone is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophi­cal Society, past president of the International Academy of Astronau­tics, and a past vice president of COSPAR.  Among his awards and honors, Stone has received the National Medal of Science from President Bush (1991), and asteroid (5481) was named after him.

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium
Route de Meyrin 385 1217 Meyrin
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Parking at the Globe is compulsory (unless you come by tram). The path from the Globe to the Auditorium will be marked with arrows through the indicated Entrance A. A CERN member will also be there to guide you.

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