Last Day Adventures and What’s to Come

MeetupWe hit the last day of the meeting and I have something like 20 pages of notes to turn into blog posts. Unlike at astronomy meetings, I can’t write the blog post while listening to a lot of the talks. I’m taking notes, poring through imagery, and then googling the occasional geophysical term that I just don’t quite understand the importance of (for instance, Olivene. It’s a type of rock. I knew that much. But why is it so important in understanding asteroids and planets?)

There will be a large number of stories on gullies and craters and volcanoes in your future. Also a set of posts on the poster sessions and a bunch of audio I’ll edit as soon as I’m home.

For now though, I’m going to write one more story tonight before heading to sleep. Before I do that, however, it’s time for some human interest.

This week I had the opportunity to meet several astronomy cast fans over drinks and dinner (in that order sometimes). Picture is above right. There were students, friendly folks with careers outside of space and astronomy, and some NASA folk. It was a wonderful experience. Tomorrow night I hope to get to meet more fans.

Today after abandoning Rebecca at the curb of Intercontinental Airport in Houston (which is no where near the conference, because I made stupid airport selections), I headed to the Houston Museum of Natural Science Anyone who has been reading my blog for a long time know that I have a tendency to spend part of each conference after hours time at a local something (Disney, for instance). The HMNS has the the Lucy skeleton on exhibit, and this was a once in a life time experience. No photos were allowed, but I encourage all of you to check out their website. Go see it if you can. Once I get my back log of LPSC notes posted, I’ll do a review of the museum.

And I’ll work on the back log right now. Hmmm, craters, gullies, or volcanoes…

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Technically skilled, communications-focused astronomer with experience in research, university teaching, public outreach, and popular science writing. Possesses passion for teaching astronomy informally and formally, extensive observational astronomy experience, and more than a decade of experience planning and implementing outreach programs. Seeks to build a career promoting science to the public, amateur astronomers, students (K-PhD), and public policy makers through outreach, activity-based teaching, and popular writing, while evaluating the impact of these activities on participant knowledge and attitude.

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