JoBea Holt Profile
JoBea Holt is the mother of twins and is writing books and articles for children about discovering our world. She received her Batchelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976 and her PhD from Caltech in 1981, and was a scientist with NASA for 25 years. At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JoBea’s research ranged from the atmosphere of Venus to the arctic forests of Alaska using radar technology from the Pioneer Venus spacecraft, the Space Shuttle and international spaceborne imaging radar systems. During her time with NASA, JoBea created a variety of hands-on educational programs for children using space technology, including KidSat, an Earth- imaging digital camera in the window of the Space Shuttle that used NASA communications technology and the internet to allow students in their classrooms to operate the camera and download the images from space during a mission. In her first non-NASA book, Baby's Day Out in Southern California, she shares with us her experiences and insights about discovering Southern California with babies and toddlers.