Saturday, July 30, 2016

Combining planetary science and machine learning to address the asteroid challenge

A brief discussion at NASA JPL with friends and fellow NASA Frontier Development Lab colleagues, Planetary Scientist, Erika Nesvold and Artificial Intelligence Scientist, Elmarie van Heerden about combining their two fields of study to address the asteroid challenge.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bill Diamond, CEO, The SETI Institute

A visit with friend Bill Diamond, CEO of the SETI Institute. I’ll bet you don’t know as much about the SETI Institute as you think. What does SETI mean?  "Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence." But there is more to SETI than what you see in movies such as "Contact." 

There are 75 scientists (the number is growing) at SETI currently working on planetary science, biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and more. Yes, they operate The Allen Telescope Array for doing radio astronomy research,  but they are also a world leader in astrobiology--one of the hottest fields of science today, and one of the most interesting to the general public. Scientists at the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute are seeking answers to questions that will help us understand our origins: How many planets exist that might support life? What is required for life to exist? How does life start? How does it evolve, and what fabulous creatures can evolution produce? How often do intelligent creatures appear in the giant tapestry of life?

I believe you will enjoy hearing from my friend Bill about the interesting and important work of the SETI Institute. Be certain to listen the entire episode, you'll hear about a new Girl Scout Badge. :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

One giant leap for mankind! Dr. Andy Aldrin

One giant leap for mankind! 47 years ago today Apollo 11 was the first spaceflight that landed humans on the Moon. On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on another world. A couple of fun things to share today as we recognize this significant achievement.

As I was spending time with good friend Dr. Andy Aldrin (Buzz’s son) today, it seemed a good idea to capture a short video with him. Andy is a swell fellow. A space AND oceans guy. Andy is the Director of the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute at the Florida Institute of Technology where he also serves as an Associate Professor. It's fun to hear him talk about his perspective as a young boy when his dad walked on the Moon. He’s up to some cool stuff. NOTE: I have no idea why I said July 12th when I meant to say July 20th. :)

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