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LMU Silicon Beach Think Tank Presents Dr. Moo: NASA’s Real-Life Guardian of the Galaxy

Tuesday, October 17
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Manhattan Country Club Ballroom
1330 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 

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About the Event

Can humans live on Mars? Join LMU for a private Manhattan Country Club happy hour reception featuring LMU-tini’s and appetizers and meet the scientist who is blazing a trail to the Red Planet.

Dr. Moogega “Moo” Cooper helped make history in 2021 when the Mars Perseverance Rover successfully landed on the planet. Part of the famed NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) team, Dr. Moo is a real-life ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’ holding the awesome responsibility of keeping the Red Planet safe from Earth’s contaminants.

RSVP today to join LMU leadership, alumni, and Dr. Moo for an inspiring discussion about exploration, preservation, and diversity. Enjoy refreshments and meet the LMU community to see how LMU is igniting a brighter world.

Featured Speakers

Moogega Cooper

Moogega Cooper

Planetary Protection Engineer
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


John Attanasio '94

CEO & Co-Founder, Toonstar

Tina Choe

Tina Choe

Dean, LMU Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering

Rosemarie Rae

Rosemarie Rae

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, LMU

Jody Skendarian

Jody Skenderian

Executive Director for Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, LMU

Michael Paul Thelan

Michael Thelan '98

SPHEREx Flight System Manager,
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Marianna Villa

Marianna Villa '00

Associate Vice President for External Relations and Partnerships, LMU

About the Host

LMU’s External Relations is partnering with Silicon Beach and Los Angeles area companies to create the world we want to live in.  At LMU, we educate, create, and empower in Los Angeles, the global epicenter of innovation. We are a top-ranked national university where students excel, scholars thrive, and world-changing ideas ignite. We harness our curiosity and creativity to understand our world, pursue knowledge, and lead for the common good with partners like you.