by Andy ShanerMay 09, 2008 -
Well, folks, this is it. Today marks the end of my four-year tenure with the mission. This will be a relatively short blog entry; I could go on and on about all the great times I have had with the mission. However, that could take pages so I won’t, but, what a ride it has been.
It has been an experience that I have enjoyed from beginning to end and an experience I will never forget. I have met so many interesting people, and I have learned something from everyone I have met and worked with. The amount of knowledge I have absorbed is enough to fill volumes. Besides learning so much about Mars, I feel I have also learned a great deal about the process of science in general. That, above all else, will be very important as I begin my life after I leave here.
Saturday morning I leave
My time at UA and the Phoenix Mission has more than prepared me to begin my career as a science teacher. Both Allison and I have accepted teaching positions for the fall. She will be teaching middle school English, and I will be teaching high school physics and earth and space science. All the knowledge I have consumed the past four years has given me great confidence to teach my subject matter, but now I feel more confident about what science is and hopefully I will be able to pass that knowledge along to my students.
To everyone who has been following the mission, I hope you continue to follow the mission and share in the excitement of the discoveries that are to be made this summer. To everyone who has ever dreamed of being a part of a Mars mission, I say do it. It is the greatest experience you will ever have. Finally, to all my colleagues on the Phoenix Mars Mission, I wish you all the best of luck this summer and in all your future endeavors.This is me signing off. Goodbye.