Come Together Washington

Mars Exhibit

Mars: Aeronautics/Astronautics and Atmospheric Sciences Exhibit

Department of Aeronautics/Astronautics
left table and images above it
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
center table and Tillman's Spacecraft on Right

"MetNet, Meteorology Network" with Finland and Russia
Viking FC#3 lander

Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 14:01:56 -0700
From: Adam Bruckner <>
To: Jim Tillman <>

Most of the positive comments were from unidentified attendees of the event. ....

The most significant plaudit came from Ed Lazowska of CSE (former chair of that department). He said that there was a "buzz" at the event about our Mars exhibit being the best one. He told me this twice in person and once via e-mail (which you received, too). Dean Denton also praised our exhibit. The Viking Lander and the Metlander that Ari-Matti sent were what made our
exhibit so attractive and interesting to everyone.

People were
fascinated by the fact that the Metlander would be going to Mars in a few years.

Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 13:36:39 -0800
From: Connie Kravas <>
To: a very long list of and

Cc: mark emmert, Bill Gates
Subject: Thank you for coming together for Coming Together

This is a special message to you and about you......the talented, creative, brilliant people who organized and executed Come Together Washington and the Gala. ...........

In the words of the chair of the campaign, Bill Gates Sr. who was the first to convey his appreciation for you: "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you."

Thank you, indeed.  connie

P.S.  And PLEASE forward this email to those who I have inadvertently left off the list. I truly dread the thought that a single contributor to Oct. 15 might be overlooked in this message. I will be very grateful if you will pass along these words of thanks.

The event was well-paced, engaging, entertaining and, best of all, persuasive......No other event to match it in the 60+ years I have been around.

What an evening!  All the planning and effort led to one of the most memorable events in the University's history.

Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
College of Engineering

The Mars Connection: UW grads on Rover mission teams

Adam Bruckner, chair of the UW Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Adam Bruckner has been in high demand of late. The UW Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics chair is an expert on spacecraft design, propulsion systems and manned flights to Mars, and with the recent successes of the Mars Exploration Rover missions on the Red Planet, people want to hear his take on findings and developments. As such, he has been quoted in regional and national publications, participated as a panelist in seminars and spoken to various groups in the Puget Sound region.But beyond his expertise, Bruckner has an inside track that few can claim.

Three of his former students are members of the Rover mission teams. And a fourth worked on a robotic arm for a previous Mars mission.

"I caught sight of one of them the other day on a special NOVA program, in Mission Control at JPL," Bruckner said. "It was great to see him."

That former student is Rob Grover, a 1998 UW graduate with a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics and an entry, descent and landing systems engineer for the Spirit and Opportunity landings. Being part of the mission operations on landing night was a one-of-a-kind experience, Grover said.

"It was an exciting, terrifying, and joyful night, all rolled into one," he said, adding that every day at work he is reminded of the unique opportunity he has to be part of history.

"It is not every job where Al Gore and Arnold Schwarzenegger stop in to shake your hand and the president phones his congratulations," Grover said. "Those of us who have the honor of carrying out the missions for our country know how lucky we are to find ourselves part of the team."

His time at the UW learning and honing his abilities was well spent, he said. “The transition to applying my skills both in industry and at JPL was nearly seamless."

Bruckner said every time he gets the latest updates on the Rover missions -- at least once a day -- he feels pride for his former students. Their success, he added, isn't a coincidence.

"It shows the caliber of our students," he said. "Our graduates are among the best in the world, second to none."

Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences


Viking Landers
1976 thru 1982

MetNet: Climate Mission
2001 and the Future

Meteorology Network (MetNet) "mechanical breadboad" lander from Finland

Meteorology Network, MetNet
Climate Lander "mechanical breadboard"
Finland, LFEM-STEP and Russia

Thanks to Ari-Matti Harri of the Finnish Meteorology Institute
for the loan of the MetNet descent/lander breadboard

Meteorology Network (MetNet), lander above Viking Flight Spare Lnader FC#3

Public viewing Atmospheric Sciences exhibit componnts:
 MetNet hanging over Viking Flight Spare #3 Lander body

James E. Tillman, Research Professor Emeritus has participated in Mars Landed Meteorology, Mission Development, Operations and Science since 1965. These include Viking, Mars-96, Pathfinder and now MetNet, a Finnish led mission to place permanent Climate Stations on Mars. The Climate Landers were proposed by Tillman and included in the IMEWG, International Mars Exploration Working Group's "Mars Exploration Strategy" adopted Nov. 10, 2000 in Helsinki. Some of this history, and the permanent home of this Viking Flight Lander #3 body in the Electrical Engineering Department, are found at this location.
Some of the accomplishments of Tillman and his collaborators are:

Viking Development, Mission Operations July 20, 1976 through Nov. 12, 1982, and Science

Pathfinder Finnish Meteorology Institute

IMEWG: International Mars Exploration Working Group Finland negotiates Mars lander program with Russians

Very special thanks go to
Chris Vancil for the majority of the Viking FC#3 Lander restoration and supporting CTW
Dr. Eckart Schmidt for supporting and helping developing the Viking FC#3 and CTW exhibit
Rachel Tillman for insisting that I save FC#3 and helping at CTW
Ari-Matti Harri of FMI for the loan of MetNet and my son, Jim Tillman for photography