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A Star at JPL

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Eleanor Francis Helin has been named to the Women in Science and Technology Hall of Fame. Helin started the Palomar Planet-Crossing Asteroid Survey in the early 1970s, which has identified thousands of asteroids, including 100 that pass close to Earth. In 1995, she launched the Near Earth Asteroid Tracking program at the Pasadena lab, which uses electronic sensors and a large telescope to track heavenly bodies. Helin and four others will be inducted June 25 at the Women in Technology International’s 1998 Technology Summit in Santa Clara.


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