Massachusetts Working Vacation, June 20-26, 2011

Starting in late 2010, Ed served on a National Research Council panel to evaluate NASA’s technology road maps. Ed was on the Robotics,  Communications, and Navigation panel. Ed doesn’t know much about robotics (learned a lot by being on the panel) but does know about communications and navigation! The panel scheduled a two day meeting at the Academy’s facility in Woods Hole, MA for June 23-24. The purpose was to come to consensus on our recommendations and produce a draft of our report to the steering committee (whose report goes to NASA in early 2012).

Jane and I decided to make a vacation out of it, leaving Pennington on Monday for Gloucester, MA, traveling to Woods Hole on Wednesday, working Thursday and Friday, sightseeing Saturday, and returning home Sunday. As a bonus, the meeting went well and we were done by lunch time on Friday, so we did some sightseeing Friday afternoon as well.

Some links:

The National Academies’ page for our study

Panorama of the Park at Oak Bluffs

Track of bicycle ride around Gloucester, MA

Track of bicycle ride on the Shining Sea Bikeway

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