How Lucky Can You Get?
January 15, 2013
It all started with airplanes. I was fascinated. I read World War 2 Aircraft Training Manuals like other kids read funny books. Later that interest began to be shared with space and the cosmos. And when I read George Gamow’s books, One – Two – Three -- Infinity and The Birth and Death Of The Sun I was hooked. I was going to work at NASA. That decision came early in my life before I exited high school. I was then lucky enough to live the dream. After college I went to work at the NASA Langley Research Center just in time to work on the Lunar Orbiter Project in which we placed 5 Lunar Orbiters around the Moon and photographed the Apollo landing sites. Then on to the Viking Project in which we placed the first landers on Mars in 1976.
An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.