“Success walks hand in hand with failure”

Outliers: the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, 2008   After I read this book late summer, I set it aside for a time   The contents of Outlier seemed challenging to absorb.  For a couple months now, I’ve been reading other books while letting the message in “Outliers” percolate. I do agree with Malcolm … More “Success walks hand in hand with failure”

Scale Model of the History of the Universe

Directions: Predict when, on a one-year calendar, each event would occur. (1 pt. each) Working with others, use the Internet to determine how long ago each event happened. Use reputable sources (NOT Wikipedia) and look for independent confirmation. Write 2 sources in events column for each event. (1 pt. each) As a group, calculate the … More Scale Model of the History of the Universe

Moons of the Solar System: Astronomy Trivia Scoreboard

Monday’s trivia contest on Periscope had some exciting conversation.  Congrats to both @balsawood and @GhandhiJapandy for both correctly answering three questions. I host “Let’s talk astronomy” on Periscope at 8 am on most Mondays and 8 pm most Wednesdays.  We talk about astronomy and have a little fun while doing so,  Mondays we play a … More Moons of the Solar System: Astronomy Trivia Scoreboard

A Great Activity for Amateur Astronomers

Lunar occultations of stars help us better understand the shape of the lunar profile.  These observations can also help us detect double stars and measure their separations.  Amateur astronomers can make the easy observations and timings, and we have a good occultation coming up in a few days. On the evening of Sunday, November 5, … More A Great Activity for Amateur Astronomers

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