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LIVE FROM MARS: lfm
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
The launch of Sputnik 1 when I was in the sixth grade focused me on space exploration,
and helped push me through lots of science study and a geology degree from Princeton in
1968. I was beginning a doctorate program at Cornell in 1975 at the time of the Viking 1
launch to Mars, and became involved with it, doing my thesis on the Martian satellites
Phobos and Deimos.
Encouragement for science and space came from many sources: My cousin got me in to
watch several Apollo launches (shuttle launches don't compare to the soul-rattling
experience of watching a Saturn V launch!). My father didn't quite believe in space
exploration but he let me launch rockets in the backyard anyway. Teachers from fourth
grade up who helped many aspects of learning in and out of the classroom, and perhaps as
much as anything, the national mood of the '50s and '60s, which very much encouraged
exploration and science.
real Tasmanian Devil in Tasmania (island SE Australia).
More About Me
I grew up in Durham, North Carolina. Graduate school was interrupted for three years
by interesting (but harmless) military service in Asia and Europe. I got a pilot's
license years ago, but haven't flown in a long time. My chief hobby now is photography,
with the occasional tennis, t-shirt designing and fossil hunting. I read a lot of history,
ranging over many subject areas, but emphasize the Civil War and exploration.