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Last Post 24 Oct 2019 09:57 AM by  Mitzi Adams
Why study the sun?
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24 Oct 2019 08:22 AM
    Hi solar scientists,
    What was your primary motivation to pursue solar science?
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    24 Oct 2019 09:57 AM
    I have always been interested in astronomy and also geology. While in high school, I chose astronomy as a focus because I thought I had a better chance at becoming an astronaut with a degree in that discipline. Also during high school, I was required to write a term paper on a topic of my choice; I chose the Sun and my interest was piqued. Instead of majoring in astronomy however, I majored in physics, which by then I realized gave me a broad base of knowledge that could be applied to many careers in science and engineering. When I began graduate school, I also became a NASA co-op in the Solar Physics Branch at Marshall Space Flight Center. I graduated from the University of Alabama in Hunstville with a Master's Degree in Physics and a specialty in solar physics. Immediately thereafter, I became a NASA civil servant in the Solar Physics Branch, not quite an astronaut, but working for NASA, researching our very interesting star, the Sun.
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