Drain read a book about Jupiter and thrilled the audience, ﬁlled with toddlers to octogenarians, with fun facts about the red spot, years it would take to get to the planet, and how many earths could ﬁ t into it.
After, Chocolate Storytime’s youth art director, Alicia Randall, alongside Drain, led guests in creating a scene from Jupiter using ordinary and recycled materials. Todd Kunioka from The Sidewalk Astronomers brought an H-Alpha telescope for solar observing (sun gazing).
In her 18 years at JPL, Drain has participated in the development and operation of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (a science/relay orbiter at Mars), the Kepler mission (searching for Exoplanets) and the Juno mission to Jupiter. She is currently the Deputy Project System Engineer for the Psyche mission. Psyche is slated to launch in 2022 to explore the largest known metal asteroid in our solar system. Drain is passionate about space exploration and about encouraging students to consider pursuing exciting careers in STEM ﬁelds.
Drain graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky and earned a Master’s Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, both in the field of Mechanical Engineering. As an undergrad at UK, she completed four rotations as an engineering co-op student at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Upon graduating from Ga Tech in 2000, she ofﬁcially joined the NASA family as a Systems Engineer at JPL.
Sweet treats were sponsored by Dr. Ayesha Randall of Pasadena, Barbara Lindsey of Inglewood, and Girl Scout Troop 4601, also known as the Biddy Mason Troop. Tiffany Walker and Betty J. Ford, both of Pasadena, along with La Pintoresca Branch Library’s Melvin Racelis, assisted in making this a special event for the community. Chocolate Storytime is held monthly at La Pintoresca Branch Library and is open to all.
For more information, call the library at (626) 744-7268.