Jeff Schroeder

Profile Updated: August 27, 2021
Jeff Schroeder
Jeff Schroeder


Jeff Schroeder


Yes! Attending Reunion
Class Year: 1972
Residing In: Laverne, CA USA
Occupation: Retired NASA engineer, Mt. Wilson Observatory volunteer and telescope operator.
Children: None
About me/us (Hobbies, interests, life philosophy, etc.) :

My Interests: Aerospace, Animation, Archery, Astronomy, Chess, Photography, Travel, & Science Fiction Writing.

Philosophy: Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional! Also, take opportunities when they occur, they rarely recur!

I've been fortunate to live an active and mostly satisfying life, having traveled to 26 countries, and seen 9 total solar eclipses. I remain single, having had two partners pass early due to medical issues.
At the Jet Propulsion Lab, I've worked on many projects over 35 years: The Infra Red Astronomy Satellite, Long Duration Exposure Facility, Deep Space Network communications, Cassini, Galileo, Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, Near Earth Asteroid Tracking, Mars rovers (MER), Orbiting Carbon Observatory, and others. Asteroid 19290Schroeder was named for some of my work there.
My interest in aviation resulted in a pilot's license, and the construction of two homebuilt aircraft (One of my own design)
I was a planetarium show producer and presenter for 35 years at Mt. San Antonio College. I built the (At the time) worlds largest amateur made refracting telescope there in 1976, and still use it today for public astronomical observing at local schools.

Favorite School Story:

As a lab assistant in several science classes, I'll keep some of the class demonstrations we did to myself to protect the guilty.

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My scratch designed and built aircraft as of last June.

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Where my astronomy career started. This 4" refracting telescope was my senior science project for Mr. Miller's physics class. (In mom's backyard; as geeky as you can get)

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Feb 20, 2021 at 8:48 AM

Exploring the universe at the controls of my TARDIS. This is the 100" Hooker reflecting telescope at Mt. Wilson observatory; the largest one in the world you can actually look through. I have volunteered there from 2009 to the present day. (Photo from 2013)