Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop 2007
Date: 14 August 2007
Thirteen SF/F writers participated in the first annual Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, a NASA-funded educational program for established writers, July 15-22, 2007, at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Workshop director, astronomer, and SF writer Mike Brotherton, and instructors Jerry Oltion and Jim Verley spent a week covering a myriad of astronomical topics ranging from stellar evolution and cosmology to back-of-the-envelope orbit calculations for writers. Visits to Red Buttes Observatory and the Wyoming Infrared Observatory (WIRO) capped a fascinating and enjoyable week for the writers in attendance. It was all part of a NASA program seeking to improve science literacy in the public by first improving science literacy among those who write stories that the public reads. A second workshop is planned for the summer of 2008. More information is online at www.launchpadworkshop.org.
NOTE: Photo by Jeremiah Tolbert:
(Source: Jeffrey Carver)