KECK INSTITUTE FOR SPACE STUDIES

       

Challenging the Paradigm: The Legacy of Galileo

November 19, 2009

California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA 91125


In the year when the world celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei's discoveries through the use of the telescope, this one-day symposium reflected upon the significance of his discoveries to the development of our culture and to science. His discovery of the moons' motion around Jupiter challenged the notion of an Earth-centric universe, and catalyzed discoveries which centuries later are continuously challenging the premises of our understanding.

In our generation, the Galileo spacecraft's discoveries like an icy ocean underneath Europa's surface, the possibility of life on Europa, the widespread volcanism on Io, and the detection of a magnetic field around Ganymede, challenged our understanding of outer planet satellites.

Modern astronomical observatories have changed our understanding of the cosmos, from determining the age and shape of the universe to studying the origins and composition of planets and the evolution of stars. Most recently, the discovery of Earth-like planets and the questions surrounding their abundance close the loop on that assumption of the uniqueness of Earth embodied in the Ptolemaic system that Galileo's proceeded to shatter.

The symposium examined the questions of where the current challenges and frontiers are in the scientific knowledge, and what paradigms might be ripe for "revision."

The symposium also highlighted the contributions of Italian scientists to Space Science, and celebrated the vibrant collaborations between Caltech, JPL and the Italian scientific community.

The Italian Embassy, the Italian Consulate in Los Angeles, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation (ISSNAF) welcome participation in this symposium.

Symposium Presentations

Torrence Johnson 
(Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

The Galileo Mission: Exploring the Jovian System
(pdf)
Robert Pappalardo 
(Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
What We Don’t Know About Europa
(pdf)

Angioletta Coradini
(Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario/INAF)

The Saturn System as Seen from the Cassini Mission 
(pdf)

Eugene N. Parker
(University of Chicago)
Solar Activity: From Galileo’s Sunspots to the Heliosphere
(pdf)
George Helou (Caltech) and Ferdinando (Duccio) Macchetto (Space Telescope Science Institute) From Galileo to Hubble and Beyond: The Contributions and Future of the Telescope: The Extragalactic Perspective
(pdf)
Michael Werner 
(Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
From Galileo to Hubble and Beyond: The Contributions and Future of the Telescope: The Galactic Perspective
(pdf)


  • Eleanor Ammannito - INAF
  • Alessandro Ardito - INAF-IFSI
  • Stephen Barba - Caltech
  • Richard Beatty - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Bill Bertch - JPL/Caltech
  • Doris Bertch
  • Bruce Betts - The Planetary Society
  • Bidushi Bhattacharya - NASA Herschel Science Center, Caltech
  • Bonnie J Buratti - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Morgan L Cable - Caltech
  • Robert Carlson - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Charles Carmona - Guild Laboratories, Inc.
  • Timothy Cassidy - JPL/Caltech
  • Julie C Castillo - JPL/Caltech
  • Jean-Lou Chameau - Caltech
  • Mathieu Choukroun - JPL
  • Cali Cohen - UCLA
  • Marshall Cohen - Caltech
  • Steven Collins - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Angioletta Coradini - INAF
  • George V Coyne - Vatican Observatory Foundation
  • Roc M Cutri - Caltech
  • Angela L. Das
  • Ashley Davies - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Paolo de Bernardis - University of Rome La Sapienza
  • Eric De Jong - JPL/Caltech
  • Robert W. Denise - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Richard M Dickinson - OFF EARTH-WPT
  • Delores A Dickinson - OFF EARTH-WPT
  • Ron Drever - California Institute of Technology
  • Katherine A. Dumas - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Justin Edmondson - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Kenneth Erickson - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Nicola Faganello - General Consul of Italy
  • Alberto Flandes - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Mattia Frattini, Office of the Consul General Italy
  • Elise Furlan - JPL/Caltech
  • Emma Gallegos - Pasadena Star News
  • Jacqueline G Gish - Northrop Grumman
  • James Green - NASA Headquarters
  • Benjamin Greenhagen - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Murthy Gudipati - Caltech/JPL
  • Kevin P Hand - JPL/Caltech
  • Ravit Helled - UCLA
  • George Helou - Caltech
  • Amanda Hendrix - JPL
  • Lynne Hillenbrand - Caltech
  • David Hitlin - Caltech
  • Sophia Iqbal - Cal State LA
  • Sridhar Jagannathan - PCC
  • Torrence V Johnson - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • John A. Johnson - Caltech
  • Michele Judd - Caltech
  • Lisa E Khlif
  • William Langer - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Jae Lee - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Paulett C Liewer - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Chuck Lillie - Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Rosaly Lopes - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Michela Magri - Italian Cultural Institute
  • Richard Mallow - Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Ryan Maloney - Michigan State University
  • Kin F. Man - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Sara F Martin - Hello Research
  • Marco M. Massai - University of Pisa
  • Dennis Matson - Caltech/JPL
  • Daniel McCleese - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Giuseppe Mitri - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Raquel R. Monje - Caltech
  • Sandya Narayanswami - Caltech
  • Ian O'Dwyer - NASA/JPL
  • Hirosi Ooguri - Caltech
  • Olga Panasenco - Hello Research
  • Paolo Pandolfi - Italian Consulate, Los Angeles
  • Alexey Pankine - JPL/Caltech
  • Bob T Pappalardo - JPL/Caltech
  • Gene N Parker - University of Chicago
  • Rob Parks - Caltech
  • Dennis Peck - UCLA
  • Misha Z Pesenson - Caltech
  • Peter P Plavchan - NExScI/IPAC
  • Adrian Ponce - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Frank Potter - Sciencegems.com
  • Howard Preston - Preston Scientific
  • Gustavo Rahmer - Caltech
  • Luisa Rebull - Caltech/JPL
  • Alberto Righini - Universita' di Firenze
  • Mariella Salvatori, Office of the Consul General Italy
  • Massimo Sarti, Italian Cultural Institute
  • Jack Sedaka - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Martha Shaindlin - Martha Shaindlin Tutoring
  • Tasha Shaindlin
  • Richard Shubert -UCLA
  • David Shupe
  • Norbert Sigrist -Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Mark Smith
  • Mary Stamburgh - MPC
  • Dave Stevenson - Caltech
  • Susan Stolovy - Caltech
  • Ed C Stone - Caltech
  • Randall Swimm -Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Mercedes Talley - W.M Keck Foundation
  • Eugene Tatinni - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Ann M Tavormina - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Giovanna Tinetti - University College London
  • Thien-Tin Truong - California State University, Los Angeles
  • Alexandre Tsapin - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Michele Vallisneri - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Marco Velli - JPL/Caltech
  • Marissa F Vogt - UCLA
  • Mike W Werner - JPL/Caltech
  • Xiugin Wu - Caltech
  • Padma A. Yanamandra-Fisher - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Karl Yee - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Harold W Yorke - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Ben Zuckerman - UCLA
  • Cinzia Zuffada - JPL/Caltech


  • Cinzia Zuffada - Symposium Co-Lead, JPL
  • Mike Brown - Symposium Co-Lead, Caltech
  • Giorgio Einaudi - Università di Pisa
  • Rosaly Lopes - JPL
  • Jonathan Lunine - University of Arizona
  • Marco Velli - JPL