|School-to-Work....Scientists Having Fun
Aboard the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, we observed teams of talented people working together to observe the Impact of Comet Shoemaker Levy 9 into Jupiter. For example, the Kuiper team included: Dr. Wendy Whiting, Tom Kalasky, and Jim McClanahan, the Mission Directors; the airplane pilot; the specialists for scheduling; and Drs. Diane Wooden, Ann Sprague, Gordon Bjoraker, Alan Meyer, Richard Koslowsky, Fred Witteborn, Donald Hunten, astronomers. We discovered that organizational, communication, and technical skills were very important.
Our conclusions: 1) learn how to work effectively as a team member, 2) study math and science, 3) discover your own talents and interests, and 4) it takes people with different talents to accomplish a scientific mission.
Motto: Go Get the Data