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April 17, 2015
NASA’s Dr. James L. Green to Headline ION GNSS+ 2015

Manassas, Virginia, April 15, 2015 – The Institute of Navigation’s (ION) Satellite Division announces Dr. James L. Green, Director, Planetary Science, NASA Headquarters, will be the keynote speaker at the ION GNSS+ 2015 Conference taking place September 14 – 18 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida. Dr. Green’s address will be a journey navigating through the Solar System showing new worlds and new discoveries through the eyes of NASA’s planetary spacecraft.

As the Director, Planetary Science at NASA Headquarters, Dr. Green is responsible for Solar System exploration including astrobiology research. Under his leadership, a number of recent planetary science mission events have been successfully completed, including the NEW HORIZONS space probe which is scheduled to reach Pluto on July 14, MESSENGER orbit insertion at Mercury, the launch of JUNO to Jupiter, the launch of GRAIL A and B to the Moon and subsequent orbit insertion, Dawn’s encounter with Vesta, and the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory and Curiosity rover on Mars. He has published over 100 scientific papers on the magnetosphere of Earth and Jupiter. He has also contributed over 50 technical articles on various aspects of data systems and networks.

Dr. Green received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Iowa in 1979 and has worked at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Goddard Space Flight Center before becoming the Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in 2006. In 1988 he received the Arthur S. Flemming award given for outstanding individual performance in the federal government and was awarded Japan’s Kotani Prize in 1996 in recognition of his international science data management activities

Sponsored by the ION’s Satellite Division, ION GNSS+ is the world’s largest international technical meeting and showcase of GNSS technology, products and services and brings together international leaders in GNSS and related positioning, navigation and timing fields to present advances, introduce new technologies, update current policy, demonstrate products and exchange ideas.

About ION

The Institute of Navigation is the world’s premier professional society dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of positioning, navigation and timing. The Institute is a national organization whose membership spans worldwide. Additional information about the ION can be found at

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