The UCLA Division of Physical Sciences invites you to the
SPACE Institute Seminar
The New Jupiter: Results from the Juno Mission
Juno Principal Investigator, NASA
Associate Vice President, Southwest Research Institute Space Science and Engineering Division
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
4:00 p.m. PT
Scott Bolton is the principal investigator of NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter, which launched in 2011. The Juno spacecraft entered Jupiter’s orbit in 2016, making discoveries that have since rewritten the textbooks about the gas giant. Juno is currently on an extended mission to address fundamental questions that arose during its prime mission and to study the full Jovian system with close flybys of Jupiter’s ring system and three of the Galilean moons.
Prior to Juno, Bolton served on both the Galileo and Cassini missions to the outer planets. His research has focused on modeling the radiation environments of Jupiter and Saturn, the atmospheric and core structures of those planets, and the formation and evolution of the solar system. In addition to his work as a scientist, Bolton has collaborated with many artists to bring visual and musical interpretations of the outer solar system to a wide audience. He has consulted and appeared in numerous documentaries and strives to bring STEM outreach to students around the world. For his wide-ranging work, Bolton received the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Individual Award for Exceptional Excellence in Leadership in 2002, 2001 and 1996, as well as the Excellence in Management award in 2000. He has also received over 30 NASA Group Achievement Awards as well as numerous awards including the Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering in 2020 the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in 2018, the AIAA Space Systems Award in 2017 and the Nelson P. Jackson Aerospace Award, from the National Space Club Foundation in 2017.