A r t  P o l a n d
Ex-Project Scientist for the SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
March 8, 1999
Planning for Mars

    After the doctor’s appointment and the trip in, I got to work at around 11:30 a.m. Gee, almost time for lunch, but there is a bunch of mail to look at first.

One thing I could deal with quickly: a university professor wants to do some research with me and will need some money to do the work. I filled out some forms to get him the money he needs.

Now I can go get lunch!

After lunch, about 1 p.m. I got back to my office to see what else I could attack before my 2 p.m. meeting. I spent this time talking with 2 other scientists in our lab about their research and what I was working on. We were just exchanging ideas.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. I was in a meeting with some other scientists and engineers where we discussed what projects related to the Sun NASA would be working on during the next 10 years. One important topic was what new technology would be needed to advance the science we wanted to do. (As you can see I spend quite a bit of time on advanced NASA planning. That is because I am older [55 years old] and have had a leadership position on SOHO. When I was younger I spent almost all my time doing research-now that I know more, I have to spend time using my experience to help decide what we will do in the future). I'd really rather spend more time on the research.

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