The Parker Solar Probe is designed to travel millions of miles and get closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history. Along the way, it will receive gravity assists from Venus, become both the fastest object and most autonomous spacecraft ever made by humanity, and virtually carry more than a million passengers. Continue reading “10 stellar facts about NASA’s mission to the sun”
I recently had the privilege to interview Jill Tarter. She is a SETI Institute Trustee and the inspiration for Jodi Foster’s character in the movie, “Contact.”
On a personal note, I was introduced to Jill via John Gertz, former SETI Chairman and President and CEO of Zorro Productions. She engaged in a correspondence with my daughter, sending a handcrafted note thanking her for a $2.00 donation to the SETI Institute and including a bevy of space-related materials to encourage her interest in science. Her scientific brilliance and personal warmth combine to make her a woman worth hearing from.
Mika McKinnon is a scientist specializing in disasters and generalizing in as many subjects as she can master. She was a science advisor for the sci-fi television franchise, “Stargate.”