We have the great pleasure of announcing that NASA’s own Dr. Kimberly Ennico-Smith will be attending this years Skellig Star Party! Not only that, on Saturday 15th of August Dr Ennico-Smith will also be giving a talk on the current New Horizons Pluto Fly-by mission, for which she is Co-Investigator and deputy Project Scientist.
With an emphasis on astronomical instrumentation, Kimberly serves several NASA missions in a mission or instrument scientist role.
At present she is Co-Investigator and deputy Project Scientist for the New Horizons Pluto Fly-by Mission, Instrument Scientist for the Regolith & Environment Science and Oxygen & Lunar Volatile Extraction (RESOLVE) Near Infrared Volatile Spectrometer System, and Instrument Scientist for the Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy Mode for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) FORCAST Instrument.
Dr Ennico-Smith is also Principal Investigator on two small-sat telescope architecture studies and actively works to mature low-cost, quick turn-around suborbital and balloon payloads that deliver focused science measurements and promote broader hands-on experience.
Needless to say we are super excited about this news, and we hope everyone else is too!