August 8, 2012
The successful landing of the Mars Rover Curiosity this week prompts me to celebrate Ken Edgett, an EC graduate who is a primary investigator on this NASA mission.
You can read his NASA bio here.
About Earlham he says “The college has an excellent geology program; I learned all of the basics and learned them well because the professors spend a lot of time with the students to help them learn. Going to this college was a fantastic experience.”
Like me, Ken grew up in Rochester, New York. He says, “They get some pretty mean winters up there. The winter of 1976-1977 was especially exciting for me, I was in sixth grade. We had a humongous blizzard that year. The drifts that were created in the snow reminded me of the pictures of drifts at the Viking 1 site on Mars. I would go outside and play in the snow and pretend that it was Mars.” I remember winters like that.
h/t: John Howell, Earlham Professor of Physics