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Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop 2007
Jeffrey Carver  
Date: 14 August 2007

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From official release/information:

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

NOTE: Photo by Jeremiah Tolbert:
Launchpad group (left to right): K. Tempest Bradford, Josepha Sherman, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Vonda N. McIntyre, Samantha Henderson, F. Brett Cox, Jeffrey A. Carver, Lori Ann White, Eugie Foster, Michael Livingston (top row), Scott Humphries, Mike Brotherton, Vylar Kaftan, Jerry Oltion, and Gerald M. Weinberg. ( For photo of Launch Pad Attendees)

(Source: Jeffrey Carver)

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