The Exploration of Mars with Jay Trimble of NASA

Free program celebrates One City One Book community read


Jay Trimble
A series of free community programs celebrating Walnut Creek’s 2016 One City One Book selection of The Martian by Andy Weir kicks off with Jay Trimble of NASA Ames Research Center presenting The Exploration of Mars on Wednesday, September 14, 7-8:30 pm, in the Oak View Room at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway. This free program is presented by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation. Reservations are recommended to guarantee a seat and can be made online at


The Martian has reignited fascination with Mars and sparked new talk about human expeditions to the red planet. While it’s expected to take many more years before humans set foot on Mars, NASA has been busy making spectacular discoveries on the surface of our planetary neighbor. In his presentation, Trimble will share photographs and discuss what NASA has learned from its robotic explorers, which have revealed views of giant volcanoes, canyons, polar ice caps and more. Stories from NASA’s Mars Missions will also be recounted along with what the fictional Mark Watney, protagonist of The Martian, might see on Mars.


A member of the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center, Trimble is the mission operations and ground data system manager for the Resource Prospector Lunar Rover Mission. Prior to this, he founded and led the User Centered Technology Group, bringing design thinking to space operations software, including open source mission control technologies, the MERBoard Touchscreen for Mars Rover Operations, and Planetary Data System user technologies. At UC Berkeley, Trimble was the integration and test manager for the High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager. At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he was lead operations director for Space Radar Lab, which flew two successful missions on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. He was a member of the science operations support team for the Voyager Spacecraft encounter with Neptune. At Johnson Space Center, Trimble was a space shuttle mission controller in the Payloads discipline.


Now in its eleventh year, One City, One Book encourages community members to read a selected book and participate in a series of related events. Additional programs planned this fall include “Living on the Edge” with pilot, author and Lafayette resident MJ Marggraff, Wednesday, September 21, 7:00-8:30 pm, Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library; “Urban Farming: One Woman’s Adventures” with best-selling author Novella Carpenter, Monday, September 26, 7:00-8:30 pm, Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library; and The Martian Book Discussion, Wednesday, October 5, 6:30-7:45 pm, Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek.

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