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In 1995, 572 astronaut applicants were narrowed down to 125 based on their resumes and English scores, then down to 48 based on paper exams and brief medical checks. These 48 candidates went through a week of comprehensive medical checks and job interviews.
Each Titan flyby is not a fork in the road, but rather a Los Angeles style cloverleaf in terms of the dizzying number of possible destinations. So how did our current and future plans for the path of the Cassini spacecraft come to be? That's the question Dave Seal put to me since that's my job -- I am a tour designer.
David Seal talks about his experience working with Kevin Beurle.
David Seal muses on his time as the mission planner for Cassini, and the history behind its name, and astronomy in Rome.
The Martian Craters Asimov and Danielson
Jim Bell describes his proposal to join the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Cameras science team.
Friday was the last day of the field trip, and we spent it at the Petrified Forest National Park.
Today was a long and awesome day. We started out at Meteor Crater, the youngest and best preserved impact crater on Earth!
Today we visited the Grand Canyon. If you haven’t been there before, there is no way to convey what it is like.
Today was all about volcanoes.
Today we made our way from Phoenix north to Flagstaff, and on the way stopped to check out some interesting geology in Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon.
After a hectic week of tying up loose ends and running around like a chicken with its head cut off, I now have my proster done for the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, and am in Phoenix for the Planetary Surface Processes field trip, led by my adviser Jim Bell.
Scott Maxwell is one of those many guys (and gals) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who rarely gets his name in the news but who is absolutely indispensable to the success of a space mission. I don't know what his official title is, but whatever it is, it's not as good as the colloquial name given to his position: Rover Driver.
It's a legal holiday here in the U.S. (President's day), and my daughter's babysitter is taking the day off, so I won't be getting much work done today. But I thought I'd check in to share the fact that, as we got out of the car last week, my daughter pointed up in the sky at the crescent moon and said
From June 21 to July 6, 2006, a four-person team traveled to Borup Fiord Pass to perform geological field studies to compare with satellite images.
We just got back from the real post-launch party, following two non-post-launch parties on the last two evenings. This was more like it.
Oh well, the Sun sets on an earthbound New Horizons at least one more time. The first day's launch attempt was a strange experience in retrospect.
New Horizons just experienced what we hope will be its last ever sunset on Earth. There will be three more sunsets to come.
Another quick post from the Cape. Yesterday was our final pre-launch meeting of the Science Team.
We're at the Cape! More properly, we're at Cocoa Beach just down the coast, having flown in from Denver today.