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AOSC Seminar
April 11, 2019

A (Geo)Physicist Examines the Kennedy Assassination Film

Nicholas Nalli

On 22 November 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in an open motorcade by a sniper in Dallas, Texas. An about 8 second sequence of events was recorded with a 8-mm home movie camera as the motorcade drove through Dealey Plaza. In this presentation, simple one-dimensional dynamical models are uniquely applied to study in detail the fatal shot. Explicit force calculations are carried out for determining the projectile's transfer of momentum and kinetic energy. The study utilized classical mechanics and image analysis (which are foundations of atmospheric science and satellite remote sensing) for application in the Kennedy assassination case.