Posts by Bill Green

Bill Green

Bill Green retired as Manager of the Spitzer Science Center and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech just prior to the successful launch of the Spitzer Space Telescope.   Prior to joining Caltech, he had spent most of his career at JPL, where he had been involved in supporting the processing of digital images and science instrument data from several  NASA planetary missions, including Mariner 6 and 7, Mariner 9, Mariner 10, Viking Orbiters and Landers, Galileo, Cassini, and Mars Pathfinder.  He served twice as Manager of the Science Data Systems Section at JPL, with management responsibility for design, development, test and operations support provided for planetary missions and for JPL instruments flown on NASA’s earth resources spacecraft. 

Since retiring, he has served on review boards for several missions, including WISE (Wide-Field Infrared Survey), Kepler, and WFIRST. He authored technical papers and two textbooks on digital image processing, and “My Life in Space,” a book about his career. Bill received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award for his work on JPL’s Mars Pathfinder mission. In private life, he is a volunteer community speaker for Los Angeles Opera, is active in designing and maintaining websites for a few non-profit organizations, and one of the legion of disgruntled fans of UCLA basketball and football teams.