Our Far-Flung Alumni: NASA’s Ken Edgett

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


About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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