A legacy we can all be grateful for...
October 20, 2013
I never had the opportunity to meet Bruce in person, but I know that my understanding of planetary science would be woefully inadequate without his many contributions, not the least of which was ensuring that the imagery of our solar system was of prime concern for all spacecraft. I cannot imagine what planetary science would be like without this imagery, and neither could Bruce. I am eternally grateful to him for this understanding and for compelling his peers to ensure imagery was a primary concern in all missions.
While we could focus on this one primary detail, however, I also feel it is imperative that we thank him for his continued contributions to space exploration, science, education and understanding that we all take for granted today. Bruce is one of the giants upon whose shoulders we shall always and forever stand and he will be missed. Thank you Bruce - your legacy shall live on in the imagery, the imagination and the minds of planetary scientists and enthusiasts worldwide.
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