Parker senior Lysha Matsunobu joined 35 other top science students from across the U.S. and around the world at the Summer Science Program on the campus of Westmont College. Since 1959, teenagers have attended the program for college-level lectures, and their nights imaging and measuring the light from a distant asteroid.
Matsunobu and her colleagues worked closely with university professors, met prominent guest speakers, and enjoyed behind-the-scenes tours of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, and Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. She operated a telescope to take images of a near-earth asteroid, and wrote her own computer software to precisely measure its position and calculate its orbit around the sun.
SSP is an independent non-profit operated with Caltech, MIT, New Mexico Tech, and Westmont College.