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Specola Guestbook | A few reflections — 3 Comments

    • That’s a bit of a long story. I may find time to tell it on the blog some day. The short version is, that summer was what got me into studying meteorites, led to my PhD work, and also started my trajectory toward being eventually assigned to the Vatican Observatory.

  1. The story begins in the late 1990s when this grad student would regularly meet up with me at the annual Lunar and Planetary Science meeting in Houston to go out to lunch. I though he was interested in my science; turns out, he was interested in my vocation. Once he was in, we invited him to spend a month with us in Castel Gandolfo playing in the meteorite lab. It was tough on me… with someone else in the lab I couldn’t goof off and not show up myself!

    The most memorable moment of that summer to me was the weekend where I showed him a DVD of Woodstock, to which this Gen-Xer looked at me and said, “Now I get what all the Muppet jokes were referring to…”

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