book report: red rover

Books, Space

It’s a(nother) beautiful sunny day in Southern California, so I spent the morning reading Roger Wiens’ Red Rover, an interesting read about his time so far as a scientist in the world of space exploration. Roger is the principal investigator for the ChemCam instrument on Mars Curiosity, our rock zapping laser on the surface of the red […]

March 21, 2015



I sat through a two-day review on the Europa Clipper study (fortunately I only had to present once). It’s not easy to listen to that much, but one thing that made my day was the level of appreciation people had for their coworkers. One coworker specifically opened his presentation by saying that he had assembled […]

December 11, 2014



Spaceships are tough work. From the time people make their first PowerPoint presentations on concepts to the time they gather data often takes ten, twenty years. A mission like NASA’s Pluto New Horizons sent out its first major announcement of opportunity – this is where a spacecraft concept exists, but actual instruments are solicited – […]

December 6, 2014