‘From Earth to the Stars’ is March 28

‘From Earth to the Stars’ is March 28The China Lake Museum Foundation will continue its lecture series, featuring Elsa Hennings, a Navy-NASA expert in parachute development, on Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum Coso Room.

Hennings will present the program “Parachutes From Earth to the Stars,” which will reveal the critical role parachutes have played from a part of an aircrew’s lifesaving kit during World War I to today.

“Not every parachute is designed to save lives,” said a spokesperson. “Instead, some are designed to save equipment, help distribute lethal payloads, and even help explore other planets.

“Come learn about parachute development for both Earth- and Mars-based systems.”

The presentation will delve into the career of a senior systems engineer for parachute engineering. Now a parachute engineering consultant, Elsa Hennings has worked with the Navy for 36 years and has designed components for Mars Pathfinder and Mars Exploration Rover missions as well as supported programs of national significance such as NASA’s Orion spacecraft and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars 2020 spacecraft. Attendees will experience stories and video highlights of programs using parachutes for micro-munitions, jet-powered targets and bailout systems for Navy aircrew as well as Space Shuttle astronauts.

Each attendee can reserve a spot at chinalakemuseum@mediacombb.net. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Story First Published: 2019-03-08