My time on MARS

In 2005 I was invited to apply to serve on the crew at M.A.R.S., the Mars Analogue Research Station in the Utah desert.  I was assigned to crew 42, serving from January 14 thru 29th of 2006. As Executive Officer, one of my responsibilities was to make sure the ATVs were operational: batteries charged, fuel tanks … More My time on MARS

Using Eclipse Glasses to Verify Scale of the Solar System Walk

Using Eclipse Glasses to Verify Scale of the Solar System Walk Each semester my students and I make a scale model of the solar system. We begin with a bowling ball 8 inches in diameter to represent the Sun. Students then calculate the sizes of all the planets to scale and small groups make models from … More Using Eclipse Glasses to Verify Scale of the Solar System Walk

Hidden Figures Computer “Just doing my job”

On Monday I attended a lecture, really more of a chat, with Katherine Moore, daughter of Katherine G. Johnson.  Mrs Katherine G. Johnson is one of the three main characters in the book Hidden Figures, a story about a small but important part of the American space program, I arrived early to find the auditorium … More Hidden Figures Computer “Just doing my job”

Nuggets of Gold from Hidden Figures

I’ve just begun reading Hidden Figures, the chosen book for Greensboro’s”One City OneBook” project this year. Tomorrow, Monday, September 18 at the Greensboro History Museum, the daughter of Katherine Johnson will be speaking about her mother.  Program to begin at 10:30. So far in this amazing story, here are a few of the nuggets I’ve … More Nuggets of Gold from Hidden Figures