|Lunch with SwRI and Dr. Stanley Love (sipping tea)|
Stan was presented by Dr. William (Bill) F. Bottke from SwRI. Having known Stan for about fifteen years, Bill warmly talked about Stan and his background, from his PhD at the University of Washington and his work researching micrometeorite flux, up to his selection as an astronaut candidate in 1998 and his flight on STS-122. Bill also told us about how Stan convinced Sarah Stewart to work with Tom Ahrens, ultimately leading to her receiving the 2009 Urey Prize, and about him being a Japanese Anime fan.
As I get to meet and talk with astronauts (Sam Gemar at KSC, Yvonne Cagle at NSRC) I realize more and more how on top of their quantifiable achievements they are really friendly and outgoing people, and Stan is no exception. Narrating a twenty minute video, he told us some of the ins and outs of STS-122 on February 2008. Some of the video footage was pretty standard as far as NASA missions go, but the narrative and small details Stan added made a huge difference compared to watching NASA TV.
|M. C. Escher - Relativity|