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Procrastination Leads to Reflection

by Keri Bean

September 23, 2008 - So the semester’s in full swing and in an effort to avoid studying for the 4 upcoming exams, I figured I’d let ya’ll know what’s been going on.

I went to the SOC again for the first two weeks of August, in between the end of the summer semester and the beginning of the fall semester. I’ll echo Pat on how sad and eerie it is to see the SOC so… empty. Working on Earth time is not as fun as Mars time was. On Earth time, we can do most of our work within a span of 30 minutes at the beginning of the shift, and then work on other projects.

I’ve been working on a presentation that documented every sample. The presentation shows images of each trench before and after sample acquisition, why each sample was obtained, when it was obtained, and other important information. One of the last things I did in Tucson was present this at the End of Sol science meeting, where the team’s scientists get together to discuss their findings. It was a bit nerve racking to present, but I got a lot of compliments, and a few suggestions on what science team members also wanted in the presentation. I must say though, it was pretty cool to present something to the scientists!

At Texas A&M, I’m still working on the mission on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I continue to update the sample presentation, I keep track of the “Happy Pan,” and I’m doing research on photometry in Phoenix’s images. Photometry is the study of how light would be perceived through the human eye. In other words, I analyze the images to determine how bright the scenery would look to human eyes if we were standing on Mars in Phoenix’s place. Hopefully this work will be done in time for the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in March!

On top of Phoenix work, I’m taking 16 hours. I’m taking calculus 3, electricity & magnetism physics, weather observation and analysis, atmospheric chemistry, and physical and regional climatology. I’m also in many clubs and an officer in all of them. I’m the social chair for the Texas A&M Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, the forecasting coordinator of the Texas Aggie Storm Chasers, the Council of Chapters representative and treasurer of the Texas A&M Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. I’m also helping to plan the SpaceVision 2008 conference, which is the national Students for the Exploration and Development of Space conference. It’s coming together pretty well. It’s November 14-16 this year on my campus, and the website is http://spacevision.seds.org/index.php for anyone who’s interested. :)

I survived Hurricane Ike with no damage to my house. My two baby trees weren’t too happy, but it looks like they’ll pull through. Unfortunately, the Texas A&M at Galveston campus was damaged, so the “Sea Aggies” are moving to College Station to finish their semester here. I’m having a few move in with me, so I hope they can tolerate the Phoenix posters everywhere. ;) I have a Phoenix Lego model as my coffee table centerpiece!

Until the next blog!