IYA taking shape

IYA taking shape

About a year ago I got a random email from Doug Isbell asking me if I’d be interested in being part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). I’d previously heard about this project, but having gotten a good last out of the non-event that was the World Year of Physics, I have to admit I hadn’t given it  much thought. But… When you’re asked to think about helping build something you give it more then a passing brain firing. As you know, if you’ve been reading this for a while, I let Doug suck me into the IYA program and now I’m a chair of the New Media working group. A year later, I’m proud to be part of this organization, and I think IYA will be something that is more then free lapel pins at conferences. I...

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Carnival of Space

It’s that time of week again: Carnival of Space is up and running at The Martian Chronicles.

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NASA seeks input on how to recycle space craft

One of the many random listserves I belong to is a NASA list that sends me announcements about new calls for proposals and requests for information. Last week I received one of these emails and it is actually a request that is really cool, and that isn’t usually true – it’s usually the programs that are funded that are cool. In Solicitation Number NNH08ZDA005L NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is requesting community input on how spacecraft can get repurposed and duly purposed beyond their original mission program. Specifically, they write, “With input from responses to this RFI, NASA intends to consider (i) whether there are science opportunities for new uses of existing spacecraft and (ii) whether a solicitation for proposals is...

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LPSC Audio Files: Dusty NASA Pig Skin

The following interview is from what was by far the funniest poster I’ve ever seen that was legitimate. [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/starstryder/StarStryder-080311-DustCotton.mp3] Here is a link to her science: Paper

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LPSC Audio Files: From Space Academy to Space

While at LPSC I had the delightful experience of randomly stumbling across someone I could have been. There was this young woman – a first year college student who was a sophmore my credits (just like I was) – who was wearing a Space Academy Lanyard (I’m sure I have one in a box somewhere) and several Space Academy program completion pins (I have 4 in a jar on my dresser). The first time I saw her she was sitting on the floor reading and I decided to let her be. The second time I saw her she was walking around and I decided to attack her with a mic. This delightful young women, whose future I hope is much more NASA adventure filled then my own, is named Keri Bean and she is at Texas A&M (don’t hold it against her – Hoke ’em...

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