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Michelle Chen’s curiosity helps lead to new discoveries — including bopping an asteroid

Curiosity is something Michelle Chen has always thrived on.

As an engineer at the Applied Physics Lab (APL) at Johns Hopkins University, Chen has worked on a host of interesting research projects. Most recently, she was on the team that developed the autonomous navigation techniques for NASA’s DART Mission that led to the movement of an asteroid on Sept. 26.

Michelle Chen

The mission is one of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office initiatives to protect earth should an asteroid be on course to strike. What the mission proved is that there is a . . .

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THURSDAY, DEC. 1

  • Flossmoor Business Association open house, 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Flossmoor.

FRIDAY, DEC. 2

  • Holiday Lights in Homewood, 5 to 9 p.m., Ridge Road and Martin Avenue downtown. Shopping, carousel, mulled wine, cookies, ice sculpture, music, antique car parade.
  • Tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, 7 p.m., Irwin Park.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3

  • Janet Gustafson’s gingerbread village tours, 3 to 6 p.m. Register at flossmoor.org.

 

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