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Science Highlights:

  • 2014 Space career interview for RocketStem magazine
  • 2013 Co-authored “Risk Assessment for Mars Sample Return Robotic Campaign”, NASA/JPL D-75859, published internally 4/10/2013
  • 2013 Interviewed by Smithsonian Air & Space for favorite Voyager pictures
  • 2011 Special senior advisor and program engineer emeritus to JPL Mars Advanced Studies and Program Architecture Office
  • 2010 Supporting the Mars Sample Return Campaign and Jupiter Europa Orbiter mission studies at JPL as a technical advisor
  • 2009 Important op-ed piece on navy sonar which can harm marine life
  • 2009 Invited speaker at Spacefest 2009 in San Diego, 2/21/09
  • 2008 Architectural lead for round-trip Earth microbe probability analysis for future Mars Sample Return mission
  • 2008 Engineering team member for assessing orbital debris and micro-meteoroid impact risk to Constellation/Orion mission scenarios
  • 2007-08 NASA/JPL coordinator for $10M IMAX edutainment production "Quantum Quest - A Cassini Space Odyssey" underway by Digimax Studios in Taiwan
  • 2006-08 Continuing to chair Mars Program Systems Engineering Team and also support many NASA/JPL project review boards, as well as leading several diverse technical studies
  • 2005 Speaker and panelist for Goethe Institut conference "Einstein on Warp Speed," as deep space mission architect of the 20th century
  • 2005 Invited participant at NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts
  • 2005 Continued Chair of Mars Program Systems Engineering Team at JPL
  • 2004 Co-author of paper "Planetary Protection of the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter," for July 22nd presentation at 35th COSPAR Scientific Assembly in Paris, France
  • 2004 Contributor to Planetary Society special report "Extending Human Presence Into the Solar Sytem"
  • 2004 Panel member and Mars Surfaces Chair for NASA-wide effort to define robotic precursor "testbed" missions to Mars for paving the way for eventual human visits
  • 2004 Chairman of JPL "mini" Mars Program Systems Engineering Team for resolution of technical issues for Mars Sample Return mission
  • 2004 "Return to Saturn's Realm" feature article published in Mar/Apr issue of the Planetary Report
  • 2004 NASA/JPL planetary protection consultant for missions to Mars and to the moons of Jupiter
  • 2003 Science leader from Planetary Society for Betchart Expeditions November trip to Galapagos Archipelago
  • 2003 Continuing support to NASA/JPL on Mars Program special assignments, as well as several other space advisory activities
  • 2003 Awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the agency's highest honor, for contributions to the unmanned space program over the past 44 years (May 19).
  • 2003 Invited board member to recommend choice (March 26-27) of landing sites for twin NASA/JPL Mars Exploration Rovers.
  • 2003 Presented Voyager 25th anniversary lecture (Feb 3) at Space Technology & Applications International Forum in Albuquerque.
  • 2003 Honored by naming of asteroid "13801 Kohlhase" by International Astronomical Union (Jan 27).
  • 2003 Appeared (Jan 16, 25) in 2-hr "The Cosmic Journey" A&E special celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Voyager mission.
  • 2002 Science leader from Planetary Society for September expedition to Iceland and Greenland.
  • 2002 Featured on JPL Mars Exploration website at
    http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/spotlight/charleyKohlhase.html
  • 2002 James Michelin Seminar lecture at Caltech on "Art and Science - Adventures in Creativity," held 5/6/2002
  • 2002 Member of Mars Technology Program technical advisory board, to represent needs of future missions
  • 2001 Science leader for Planetary Society hosted expedition to Costa Rica
  • 2001 Nominated for Francois Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Prize
  • 2001 Joined NASA/JPL Europa Orbiter Advisory Board
  • 2001 Joined External Technical Advisory Group for Project Kepler, which plans to search for Earth-like planets around 100,000 other dwarf stars
  • 2001 Presented a worldwide webcast from JPL explaining the elements of interplanetary trajectory design, including gravity assist
  • 2000-02 Joined NASA/JPL Mars Program System Engineering Team to help guide planning and technical decisions for future robotic and human exploration of Mars, with special emphasis on a sample return mission in the next decade of the 2010s
  • 2000 Awarded European Space Agency's special recognition for contributions to Cassini Huygens mission
  • 2000 Invited to lead NASA/JPL robotic mission reliability assurance activities, but chose mentor role instead
  • 2000 Collaborated on design of contemporary JPL Project Planning Center
  • 2000 Consulted for NASA/JPL Genesis, Cassini, and Mars Sample Return missions
  • 1999-02 Host for arts & sciences portion ( http://mmp.planetary.org ) of Mars Millennium Project, a White House inspired national arts, sciences, and technology initiative sponsored by the Dept of Education, NASA/JPL, NEA, and the Getty Trust
  • 1999 Invited member of JPL Mars Climate Orbiter Failure Review Board
  • 1999 Invited panelist at AIA Northwest Conference for session entitled "Space Architecture"
  • 1998-99 Technical consultant for JPL for the Cassini, Mars Sample Return, and Genesis missions
  • 1998 Received NASA Group Achievement Award for Science and Mission Design of Cassini international mission to Saturn
  • 1998 NASA Exceptional Service Medal for nearly four decades of outstanding contributions to the U.S. space program, citing "in recognition of an outstanding career of mission design achievements that enabled maximum scientific return from the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Cassini missions of planetary exploration"
  • 1998 Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award, the Engineer's Council
  • 1998 Selected as member of the Advisory Council of the Planetary Society
  • 1997-98 Featured in Space News, and Aviation Week and Space Technology, Laurels section
  • 1989-98 Science & Mission Design Manager, the international Cassini mission to Saturn and Titan
  • 1993 One of four final candidates for JPL nomination for Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Prize
  • 1992 Named in international Spaceflight Magazine as the leading designer of deep space robotic missions
  • 1991 Co-editor for Astronautics section of Encyclopedia of Applied Physics
  • 1989 Editor of The Voyager Neptune Travel Guide, the GPO
  • 1989 International Men of Achievement, Cambridge, UK
  • 1988 Writer for The Far Planets, Time-Life book series
  • 1988 Co-led requirements task team for U.S. Space Station Program
  • 1981 Invited to do medical research at City of Hope for new cancer-treatment protocols
  • 1975-89 Mission Design Manager for epic Voyager Grand Tour mission to the outer planets, twice receiving NASA Oustanding Leadership Medal for this work
  • 1972-74 Navigation Leader for Viking mission to Mars and Autonomous Navigation concepts for future missions
  • 1964-69 Special awards for Mariner Mars oustanding mission design achievements
  • 1960 Presented first practical Mars mission design to Drs. William Pickering and Wernher von Braun