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Florence Tan speaks at Penn State New Kensington

Florence Tan, deputy chief technologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, speaks at Penn State New Kensington

“Sometimes you take a journey, and it takes a very long time," said Florence Tan, deputy chief technologist of the Space Mission Directorate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "The journey requires many, many boosts. It takes great teamwork, great effort, and timing is everything. Squeeze every last advantage to get your journey, and if nature offers you a way to get there, I think you should take it.” Tan spoke to students and members of the public at Penn State New Kensington on March 28. Her motivational lecture, "Gravity Assists," taught audience members to pay attention to the gravity assists found not just in space travel and engineering, but also in life. Over the years, Tan has been a systems engineer, designer, manager and instrument operator at Goddards and helped build, launch and operate many space flight mass spectrometers on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, Cassini Orbitor, Cassini-Huygens Probe, MAVEN, LADEE and ExoMars spacecraft.