August Inventor Spotlight: Martin Lo

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Martin Lo is a research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, credited for inventing LTool, a program that maps spacecraft trajectories. Lo discovered the Interplanetary Superhighway, efficient pathways that take advantage of combined gravitational forces between planets, and used it to optimize paths to save fuel. Martin Lo used LTool to calculate the trajectory for the 2001 Genesis Mission by NASA, which was a probe that collected samples of solar wind particles and returned them to Earth for research!


Martin Lo received his Bachelor of Science in 1975 from the California Institute of Technology in mathematics and his PhD, also in mathematics, in 1981 from Cornell University. In 2012, he was awarded LGBTQ Scientist of the Year.